April 11, 2010
By Beth Miller
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Salukis extended their winning streak to six games Sunday with a victory over Indiana State for a complete sweep over the Sycamores. SIU (27-12, 12-1) battled with Indiana State (14-22, 1-12) in the third game of the series, but took the win in dramatic fashion with Chelsea Held's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"I told Chelsea before she left the dugout, to continue to hack." head coach Kerri Blaylock said. "She is a great kid when she swings the bat hard and that's the best thing about her. When she gets up there and hacks, that's when things are great."
Indiana State was the first to score, as a two-run home run from Lindsey Beisser in the second inning gave the Sycamores an early 2-0 lead over SIU.
Katie Wilson answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, marking her 10th on the season. The senior currently sits in third place all-time with 30 career home runs. Sycamore shortstop, MacKenzie Connelly, committed her 14th error on the season to put Natalee Weissinger on first base. An error by right fielder Kim Pierce, followed by an RBI single from Cristina Trapani, tied the game at 2-2.
Bailey Wittenauer hit an RBI single in the third inning to take the lead. The Sycamores would hold on to their lead through the top of the fifth, until Mallory Duran tied the game, 3-3, after scoring on a passed ball.
Duran and Alicia Garza hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of seventh, followed by Connelly's second error of the game to put Wilson on first and load the bases. Held came up with the game-winning RBI single into left field, driving in Duran for the 4-3 win.
SIU's win marks the fourth sweep in conference play so far this season. The last time Southern was 12-1 in conference play was in 2005 when Blaylock led her team to a 24-3 conference record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Salukis will host No. 7 Missouri on Wednesday, as the two teams step away from conference play for a mid-week matchup. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Charlotte West Stadium.
"Missouri has lost their number one pitcher, a kid who was throwing 70 mph and took them to the World Series," Blaylock said. "Don't get me wrong, they're a great offensive team but maybe we can win a game. They may score some runs, but I'm expecting our offense to come out and go after them."