Allie VadeBoncouer walked and extended her reached base streak to 26 games.
April 22, 2014
By John Lock
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Southern Illinois softball team fell to Evansville, 4-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Cooper Stadium. The Salukis (24-20, 12-8 MVC) came in with a seven-game winning streak had trailed in six of those games, but the two-run deficit to Evansville ended up as the one that caught up to them.
"I was disappointed in our offensive execution," head coach Kerri Blaylock said. "We stayed close enough; we were within striking distance. We left some runners on base, and we didn't execute when we should have."
Evansville (17-28, 5-15) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Evansville starting pitcher Megan Gurski helped her own cause with a solo home run. It looked like SIU would save itself with another come-from-behind effort when it got two runs to take the lead in the next half-inning. But that's where the offense would stop for SIU.
"They had a different game plan against us, and we didn't make adjustments very well," Blaylock said. "Early on, I thought we had some good at bats when we were patient, but we didn't close the deal when we had our opportunities."
Southern had opportunities throughout the game. SIU left at least one runner on base in all seven innings; and in six of those innings, a runner was in scoring position when the inning ended. In SIU's doubleheader sweep over the Aces in Carbondale last week, SIU averaged 10.5 runs and 8.0 hits per game. Today, Southern was limited to two runs on just three hits.
Katie Bertelsen took the loss to drop to 13-9 on the year. Bertelsen kept SIU within striking distance throughout the game. After giving up the first-inning home run, she retired eight-straight batters. But UE started fourth inning with a walk a home run, the two runs that turned out to be the deciding ones.
Bertelsen walked the bases loaded in the fifth inning with one out, but she limited the damage to one run by inducing an infield pop fly. The next hitter singled to score the run, but Michelle Glenn gave SIU a fighting chance by throwing out a runner at home to end the inning and keep the deficit at two runs.
Southern will try to rebound on Thursday when UT-Martin comes to Charlotte West Stadium for a 4 p.m. start. The Salukis will be trying to avenge one-run losses to the Skyhawks in each of the last two years.