May 3, 2009
By Kyle Herm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -Sophomore Danielle Glosson threw a complete-game three-hitter and Southern Illinois (33-12, 15-7) scored three runs in the final two innings for a 3-1 comeback win in Sunday's series finale at Indiana State (18-26, 10-15).
The final regular-season game summarized a season full of solid pitching and timely offense, which delivered hits in key situations.
On Sunday, the Salukis used both to earn their fifth Missouri Valley Conference series win of the year.
In a rematch of Saturday's series-opener, Glosson out-dueled senior Darcy Wood, and was perfect for the first 4 1/3 innings.
Glosson had not allowed a base runner until Audrey Childress hit a one-out solo line-drive home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth to put the Sycamores up 1-0.
The home run was the 15th allowed by SIU pitchers in conference play, but sparked the Salukis' offense to mobilize after standing five runners in the first three innings.
In the ensuing top of the sixth, senior third baseman Katie Wagner started the rally with a RBI-double to score junior Alicia Garza from second base. Wagner's rocket-shot went off third baseman Childress' glove, and rolled all the way down into the left-field corner.
The hit extended Wagner's season-long hit streak to five games and tied the game 1-1.
In the next at-bat, junior Katie Wilson sacrificed Wagner over to third, and senior outfielder Katie Schmidt followed with a clutch, two-out go-ahead RBI-single to right field that snuck by the diving second baseman.
Garza, who went 2-for-4 to extend her hit streak to six games, smoked a RBI-double to score freshman pinch-runner Mallory Duran to give Glosson a 3-1 lead.
The hurler from Winston-Salem, N.C. did not need the run however, and only allowed one hit in the final two innings to close out her sensational game.
Glosson overcame the adversity of the home run to earn her ninth win, and provided the Salukis with momentum heading into next week's State Farm MVC Tournament in East Peoria, Ill.
SIU, which finished second in the final regular-season standings, will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament and face either No. 6 Bradley, No. 7 Missouri State or No. 3 Northern Iowa on Friday at 2:30 p.m.