Junior Taylor Orsburn
April 21, 2013
By Bill Ford
OMAHA, Neb. — The Southern Illinois softball team dropped its series finale to Creighton 5-0 Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex as the Bluejays took the series 2-1.
Southern (20-24, 8-10 MVC) recorded just three hits in the game against Creighton ace Becca Changstrom, and the Salukis got just one runner to third base in the entire game.
“I thought Changstrom did a good job against us today,” Blaylock said. “We had trouble making adjustments against her.”
The Bluejays (26-12, 12-3 MVC) scored one run in the second and three in the third to jump out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. Southern subbed Alyssa Wunderlich for Brittney Lang during the third inning after Creighton hit back-to-back solo home runs off the Saluki starter.
The Jays added their final run on another solo home run in the fifth inning, and Southern replaced Wunderlich with Katie Bertelsen in the circle.
Southern’s best chance to score came in the top of the sixth. Taylor Orsburn drew a one-out walk and Allie VadeBoncouer was hit by a pitch and both runners later advanced into scoring position on a two-out wild pitch. The Salukis couldn’t push either across however, as SIU stranded eight runners for the game.
“I just think we let it slip away a little bit. I wish it wouldn’t have gotten so far with a couple of defensive mistakes,” Blaylock said. “They are a very good team. I wish we would have come out and played a little bit better like we did yesterday.”
The Salukis are back in action Tuesday as SIU hosts Evansville looking to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Purple Aces. Southern next travels to Southeast Missouri State for a non-conference tilt Thursday before returning home for a three-game MVC set Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 against Bradley.