Softball stumbles in series finale loss to Drake

    Sophomore second baseman Jayna Spivey went 2-for-3 in Sunday's loss

    Sophomore second baseman Jayna Spivey went 2-for-3 in Sunday's loss
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    April 22, 2012

    Box Score

    By Megan Kramper

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The Southern Illinois softball team surrendered a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, as it fell to Drake 4-2 Sunday at Ron Buel Field.

    The Salukis (30-13, 14-5 MVC) scored runs in the second and third to take the lead, but the Bulldogs' Hayley Nybo took a pitch from Alyssa Wunderlich for a two-run home run to tie the game in the third.

    Drake (20-24, 11-9 MVC) scored one more on a double in the same inning as the Salukis went cold at the plate in the remaining frames, stranding 12 runners in the game in total.

    Nybo added to the lead with an RBI single in the fifth off Brittney Lang, who came in the third inning to replace Wunderlich. Wunderlich suffered her first Missouri Valley Conference loss and moved her record to 10-2 overall and 5-1 MVC.

    Drake pitcher Jordan Gronewald rebounded after two tough outings against the Salukis Saturday. Gronewald pitched a complete game as she struck out two in the effort.

    "I don't think we pitched particularly well today and I think Jordan Gronewald did a good job of getting out of situations when we were on base and making pitches when she needed to," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said.

    The Salukis managed nine hits in the contest including two hits each from Mallory Duran-Sellers and Jayna Spivey. Spivey and Morgan Barchan had the Salukis' two RBI.



    "A couple of times with runners in scoring positions we didn't produce, but I don't think that was so much about us not producing but Gronewald made good pitches when she needed," Blaylock said.

    SIU drew three walks on the afternoon, putting them at 193 for the year, just one shy of the single season record for walks set in 2004 and 2005.

    The Salukis remain in second place in the league standings, two games behind leader Northern Iowa who dropped their series finale with Missouri State, 1-0, in eight innings Sunday.

    The Dawgs take the series win and will look to rebound Tuesday as they wrap up their series with Evansville at Cooper Stadium in a single game beginning at 5 p.m.

    "I don't ever want to lose a game but this (Drake) is a tough place to play," Blaylock said "I'm glad we took two out of three but we need to come out ready to play on Tuesday."