Softball falls to Northern Iowa in series finale

    Sophomore catcher Allie VadeBoncouer had one of the Salukis' four hits in the ball game.

    Sophomore catcher Allie VadeBoncouer had one of the Salukis' four hits in the ball game.
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    April 29, 2012

    Box Score

    By Megan Kramper

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - A four-run fourth inning doomed the SIU softball team as it fell 5-0 to Northern Iowa in the deciding game of the series Sunday at Charlotte West Stadium.

    The Salukis dropped their first conference series this season in the loss, as they had just four hits against UNI ace Jamie Fisher.

    The Panthers took the Salukis' pitching staff for 12 hits in the contest including five in the costly fourth inning. Starting pitcher Katie Bertelsen allowed one run to score in the fourth before being replaced by Alyssa Wunderlich with two runners on base.

    Wunderlich gave up a three-run home run to the first batter she faced, third baseman Whitney Plein, as the Panthers broke the scoreless game wide open.

    "I thought we had good effort today and our confidence got shaken after the three-run home run," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said.

    UNI added another run in the seventh with a solo home run by shortstop Mackenzie Daigh.

    Allie VadeBoncouer, Taylor Orsburn, Jayna Spivey, and Kalyn Harker scattered hits throughout the game, but the Salukis couldn't string enough together as they were shutout for the fifth time this season.

    Bertelsen picked up the loss moving her to 11-10 on the season and 3-5 in Valley play.

    "We have five games left in the regular season and we still have a lot to accomplish," Blaylock said.



    SIU will host Murray State in the final regular season game on Tuesday with a 4 p.m start at Charlotte West Stadium.