Senior shortstop Haley Gorman had four hits in Saturday's doubleheader split with Missouri State.
April 14, 2012
By Megan Kramper
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Southern Illinois softball team pounded out 12 hits to help win game one, but fell in the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap in a doubleheader split with Missouri State Saturday.
Rain delayed the series early Saturday morning, which made way for a sunny but windy afternoon at Killian Stadium. The Salukis let loose in game one as they battled from behind for a 7-2 win but couldn't hold on as they fell 3-2 in the nightcap.
Game one fell into a pitcher's duel between SIU's Alyssa Wunderlich and Missouri State's Natalie Rose as each team had just two hits through four innings.
The bats came alive in the fifth inning as the Salukis struck with the first run in the game off a Mallory Duran-Sellers RBI single. Missouri State (18-18, 6-8 MVC) answered right back with two runs in the sixth off a squeeze bunt that brought a runner home from third base and a Saluki error pushed another run across to take the lead.
It would be all Salukis after that as a five-run sixth inning put them on top for good.
Morgan Barchan and Kelsea Ashton had RBI singles in the inning. Taylor Orsburn led the inning off with a single and followed up as the Salukis went around in the batting order with two hits all together in the inning.
Katie Bertelsen relieved Wunderlich in the fifth and earned the win as the Salukis regained the lead during her two and two-thirds inning of work. The freshman hurler improves to 9-7 and 2-3 in Valley play.
"I'm really pleased with the way we made some adjustments offensively in game one and came out with that plan because I thought Alyssa and Bertie did a great job of keeping them under control," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said.
The offense couldn't repeat in game two as the Salukis fell 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh for their first road loss in conference action this season.
Missouri State produced runs in the second and third off starter Brittney Lang as the Dawgs scored runs in the fifth off an Ashton RBI single. They tied the game on a Kalyn Harker RBI single in the sixth but went three up, three down in the final frame.
The Bears put two runners on for their best hitter, second baseman Ashley Brentz, who hit the game-winning single with two outs in the inning.
"I'm disappointed with the energy in game two," Blaylock said. "I felt like we were playing catch up entire game. 'B' threw the ball well enough to win and I have to give Missouri State credit for coming out with energy."
The Salukis had just six hits in the effort including a 2-for-3 performance from Gorman. Ashton, Spivey, and Harker had the remaining hits for the Salukis.
Lang suffered the loss and moved to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play. She had two strikeouts but allowed four walks in the contest.
The two teams will meet in the rubber match Sunday at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled to avoid possible rain in the forecast.