Softball sweeps Saturday doubleheader at Bradley 4-0, 7-2




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    May 3, 2008

    By Kyle Herm
    www.SIUSalukis.com

    PEORIA, Ill. - The Southern Illinois softball team (29-23, 14-8 MVC) out-hit Bradley 24-7 in both games combined en route to a doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Laura Bradley Park. SIU shutout the Braves 4-0 in game one, and won game two by a score of 7-2.

    The Salukis were led by senior first baseman Lauren Haas who went a combined 6-for-7 with two doubles, and two runs batted in to extend her hit streak to a career-best nine games. Junior third baseman Katie Wagner also went 5-for-9 with three RBI and her ninth home run of the season.

    Southern Illinois will take on Bradley (12-26, 4-18 MVC) for the final game of the series, and last regular season game of the year on Sunday at noon.

    Game One - Southern Illinois 4 Bradley 0
    The Salukis used a pair of two-run innings, and kept Bradley off the scoreboard to win the series-opener at Laura Bradley Park.

    Freshman starter Nikki Waters and junior left-hander Katie McNamara only surrendered four hits with seven strikeouts combined for the team's ninth shutout win of the season.

    Southern Illinois broke open a scoreless game in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead.

    Saluki seniors, Tiffanie Dismore, Krystal Stein and Lauren Haas all reached base to lead off the inning, and sophomores Alicia Garza and Katie Wilson followed with towering routine popups that dropped between the Braves' outfielders due to miscommunication in the swirling wind.

     

     

    Once SIU had the lead the pitchers did their part to preserve it. Waters, who only allowed two hits through the first three innings, had to leave the game after the first batter in the top of the fourth drilled a line-drive off her right knee.

    McNamara entered the game for Waters and froze the Bradley offense through the final four innings of the game to pick up her eighth win of the season.

    The Putnam Valley, N.Y. native only allowed one hit with three strikeouts to secure the Saluki lead.

    Southern Illinois manufactured two more runs in the top of the fifth to give McNamara a more comfortable four-run advantage.

    Junior third baseman Katie Wagner, who went 3-for-4, drove in Haas from second on a single to left field, and sophomore pinch-hitter Allie Hanson plated Wilson from second on a single to left as well to make the final 4-0.

    SIU had multiple scoring opportunities in the game, and recorded double-digit hits for the first time since April 5 against Indiana State.

    Haas also went 4-for-4 to tie a career-high for hits, and McNamara earned her eighth win of the season.

    Game Two - Southern Illinois 2 Bradley 0
    Southern Illinois junior third baseman Katie Wagner crushed a solo homer over the left-center field fence in the top of the second to give the Salukis the lead that they never relinquished in the nightcap of the doubleheader.

    Wagner's ninth homer, and first since April 5 against Indiana State, also moved her into a tie for ninth place for single-season home runs.

    SIU continued its prowess at the plate to increase the lead to 2-0 in the ensuing top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Haas, which scored Tiffanie Dismore who reached on a leadoff single.

    The Southern Illinois went on the score three runs in the top of the fifth after sophomore Alicia Garza scored on an error, Wagner doubled in Haas from third and scored after junior Chelsea Petty reached on another Brave error to put SIU up, 5-1.

    Bradley got its first run of the series on a leadoff solo home run by Trish Kowalewski to left center in the bottom of the fifth, but Southern Illinois answered right back in the top of the sixth with two more runs on a RBI double by Haas and run scoring single by Garza to go up, 7-1.

    The Braves got one more run back on another leadoff solo homer by Amanda Clack to left field, but Saluki freshman starter Danielle Glosson regained her composure to retire the final five batters she face, including her fifth strikeout to end the game, 7-2.

    Glosson evened her record to 8-8 on the year, and won her second straight start after beating Illinois on Wednesday.

    Senior shortstop Becky Wegmann, and Garza both posted two hits apiece and sophomore Katie Wilson went 1-for-4 to continue her hitting streak to a season-high four games.

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