Senior outfielder Mallory Duran-Seller went 3-for-5 with two runs scored breaking the MVC single season record for runs scored with 61.
May 6, 2012
By Megan Kramper
PEORIA, Ill. - The offense reemerged Sunday as Jayna Spivey hit a grand slam to help the Southern Illinois softball team to an 11-5 win over Bradley at Laura Bradley Park.
Trailing early off Bradley's back-to-back home runs in the first, the Salukis remained focused at the plate with Kelsea Ashton's RBI single scoring Mallory Duran-Sellers from third to start the third inning. The run was Southern's first in 10 innings of play.
Spivey launched her first career grand slam as part of a five-run third inning that gave the Salukis (34-19, 16-10 MVC) their first lead of the weekend.
"I thought that was a really huge boost by Jayna because it was a great at-bat and I thought she wasn't going to be denied and she was really locked in," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said.
Duran-Sellers came across the plate again in the fourth to break the MVC single season runs scored record with 61.
SIU added four runs in the fourth off RBI hits by Haley Gorman and Meredith Wilson and capitalized off a Brave error. They added two more runs in the fifth to take an 11-2 lead after four and a half innings, but the Braves (21-29, 11-15 MVC) didn't go away easy. Bradley rallied in the fifth with three runs to avoid the run-rule.
But it was smooth sailing after that as SIU cruised through the final two innings behind pitcher Katie Bertelsen, who moved to 12-11 on the season.
Duran-Sellers led the Salukis at the plate going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI as Ashton, Orsburn, and Wilson all chipped in two hits each.
"I thought the offense was really locked in today and they could have been down after back-to-back home runs in the first inning but we believed and settled in and got good at-bats to string some things together," Blaylock said.
With a Drake win over Wichita State Sunday, the Salukis will be the No. 4 seed in next week's MVC Championships as they play the winner of the No. 5 Creighton and No 8 Evansville game at 4 p.m Thursday.