May 19, 2007
By Matt Maxey
CARBONDALE, Ill. - After being shut out yesterday against Missouri, the Southern Illinois University softball team struck early against Mississippi Valley State scoring two runs in the first inning, the first coming on the back of an Alicia Garza home run.
The Salukis lit up the scoreboard for a second time after Jayme Wamsley, who reached on a double, scored off an error by Delta Devilettes' Aisha Ledet at second base.
With the win, Southern moves on to face Missouri to decide who will face DePaul in the Regional championship game on Sunday.
Southern Illinois added a single run in the third inning when Tiffanie Dismore led the inning off with a double to left. She was advanced to third by a sacrifice bunt from Becky Wegman and later scored on fielding error from third basemen and Southwest Atlantic Conference player of the year Candy Shumpert.
The Salukis continued their scoring blitz in the fourth inning, scoring three more runs on two hits and taking advantage of another two errors from Mississippi Valley State. Katie Wilson led the inning off with a walk and would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by the catcher.
Wilson reached home after Wagner singled to left field. Katie Schmidt doubled down the right field line and reached third on an error. Schmidt scored the final run of the inning when pinch hitter Allie Hanson sent a grounder to short that gave Schmidt enough time to reach home.
Southern Illinois had an opportunity to end the game early by virtue of the run rule in the sixth inning but was able to score only one run and left the bases loaded to end the inning. Hass scored from third after the fourth fielding error of the day from Mississippi Valley State.
Nikki Stouder takes the loss for MVSU, striking out one Saluki in six innings of work while giving up six hits and three walks. With the five Mississippi Valley State errors in the game, only three of the seven runs were earned.