Allie VadeBoncouer went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI in SIU's doubleheader sweep of Evansville Tuesday.
April 17, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois softball team swept Evansville in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Charlotte West Stadium.
The Salukis (27-12, 12-4 MVC) scored both their runs in the final inning of a 2-1 comeback win in the opener before exploding for nine runs on 11 hits in a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Purple Aces (11-28, 4-13 MVC) in game two.
Southern started game one on a low note, giving up a run in the opening frame after committing a pair of infield errors. The Salukis defense shored up throughout the rest of the game, but SIU struggled to find an offensive rhythm through the first six innings.
Purple Aces pitcher Sarah Patterson kept the Saluki offense off balance as Southern stranded eight runners in the first six frames. SIU stranded two runners in the first and third innings before leaving three on in the sixth after having three on with just one out.
The Saluki offense finally came to life in the bottom of the seventh. Mallory Duran-Sellers doubled with one out and scored SIU's first run on a single by Kelsea Ashton. Three batters later, senior Haley Gorman singled Ashton home for the walkoff win.
Gorman went 2-for-4 as the only Saluki with multiple hits while Allie VadeBoncouer went 1-for-1 with two walks.
Freshman pitcher Katie Bertelsen had a solid outing for SIU to pick up her 10th win of the season. Bertelsen struck out four while giving up no earned runs on four hits.
"I felt like we kept hanging in there and I thought Bertie threw a great game," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. "We were a little shaky to start and that got us in a mess. I was really proud of Haley and those kids in the last inning stepping up, getting on base and doing some things."
SIU scored three runs each in the fourth and sixth innings, each time manufacturing runs one at a time. Alicia Junker, Ashton and Taylor Orsburn each picked up RBIs in the fourth inning while VadeBoncouer and Morgan Barchan knocked in a run each in the sixth. Southern also scored on an Evansville error in the sixth.
VadeBoncouer went 3-for-4 in the second game with four RBI to finish the day 4-for-5 from the plate.
"She was so relaxed, seeing pitches and doing what she was supposed to do," Blaylock said of VadeBoncouer.
Jayna Spivey went 2-for-3 for SIU in game two while Orsburn went 2-for-4.
Brittney Lang picked up her eighth win of the season in the nightcap after striking out six and allowing one run on six hits with only one walk.
"(Bertelsen and Lang) threw really well," Blaylock said. "They did exactly what they needed to do. If we can keep the score below three, we should be in most games."
Southern will be back at Charlotte West Stadium for a non-conference matchup against in-state foe Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m. Thursday.