Softball opens fall with a pair of wins

    Sophomore Kalyn Harker had six RBI and five hits in two games for SIU Sunday.

    Sophomore Kalyn Harker had six RBI and five hits in two games for SIU Sunday.
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    Sept. 16, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.— The Southern Illinois softball team opened its fall season with a pair of wins Sunday at Charlotte West Stadium.

    The Salukis topped John A. Logan College 15-0 to start the afternoon before edging Southeast Missouri State 4-3 in game two.

    Southern stormed out of the gates in the opener, posting six runs on just two hits in the first inning against the Lady Vols. JALC put four Salukis on base with three walks and a hit batter in the inning, and SIU capitalized with a two-run single by sophomore Kalyn Harker and a three-run home run by senior Michelle Bradley.

    The Salukis added three runs in the third inning on a catcher’s interference call and a two-run single by junior Taylor Orsburn before adding six more runs in the sixth inning, again with just two hits.

    Logan pitcher Heather Johnson walked the first three Salukis in the sixth before hitting SIU junior Allie VadeBoncouer to push across a run. Junior Jayna Spivey hit a sacrifice fly to knock in another run before Harker roped a double to clear the bases. The final run of the inning came from an RBI single by sophomore Kara Kimball.

    Harker went 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles and 5 RBI to lead the Saluki offense. Sophomore Katie Bertelsen picked up the win after allowing no runs on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts in three innings of work. Sophomore Alyssa Wunderlich pitched the final three innings in relief and posted a nearly identical line, allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.



    The second win of the day came tougher for the Salukis. Southern again jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning on a two-run single by sophomore Meredith Wilson and an RBI single by Harker.

    The Redhawks answered back in the second inning, touching Saluki starter Brittney Lang for three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run by Kaitlin Zink.

    The two teams went scoreless over the next three innings before Saluki junior Kelsea Ashton launched a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning for the deciding run. Ashton, Orsburn and Harker each picked up two hits in game two.

    Lang went the distance for SIU to pick up the win after allowing three runs, none earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

    The Salukis will be back at Charlotte West Sunday, Sept. 23 to host SIU Edwardsville and Lake Land College.