Junior Jayna Spivey
April 25, 2013
By Bill Ford
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.-- The Southern Illinois softball team couldn't solve the Southeast Missouri State offense in a 14-7 loss to the Redhawks Thursday night at the Southeast Softball Complex.
The Salukis (21-25) rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to briefly take a one run lead in the middle of the fifth inning before the Redhawks (15-27) piled on eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull out the comfortable win. SEMO's 14 runs were the most SIU has allowed this season.
"I'm just very disappointed all around," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock.
SEMO scored three runs each in the first two innings as SIU made a pitching change in both innings before Brittney Lang came in to settle things down. Lang retired the first two batters she faced to end the second, and went on to retire the next six straight.
The Salukis got on the board with an unearned run in the third before exploding for six runs in the top of the fifth to briefly take a 7-6 lead. SIU loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth before Caylee Cook drew a bases-loaded walk and Kelsey Gonzalez knocked a two-run single to pull within 6-4. Morgan Barchan followed with a two-run double to tie the game and Jayna Spivey hit an RBI single to give SIU the one-run lead before SEMO got out of the inning.
The Redhawks stormed back in the bottom of the fifth, however, with a six-run inning to take back the lead at 12-7. SEMO added two insurance runs in the sixth and held the Salukis off the board in the final two innings to take the seven-run win.
Lang (11-14) suffered the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 4.2 innings.
SIU looks to regroup Saturday and Sunday as the Salukis host Bradley for a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series at Charlotte West Stadium. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday in what will mark senior day for Southern's three seniors Barchan, Lang and Michelle Bradley, while the series finale will be on Sunday.