The 2015 Saluki softball team will feature a mix of youth and experience as it hopes to improve on a 28-24 season a year ago. In 2015, the Salukis bring back two All-Conference players and four of their top five hitters and will try to replace five starters from last year's squad.
The Southern Illinois softball team was picked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll, the league announced Wednesday. Wichita State, Illinois State and Northern Iowa were picked ahead of the Salukis.
The Southern Illinois softball program posted a 6.616 GPA in the Fall 2014 semester. The team GPA was the second-highest among all SIU programs, and six of the 17 players on the roster earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. All 17 players on the roster earned at least a 3.2 GPA for the semester.
Southern Illinois softball coach Kerri Blaylock announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The signing class of two pitchers and three position players will join the Salukis for the 2015-16 season.
The Southern Illinois softball program announced its 2015 schedule on Wednesday. The team will host 16 home games and face six teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season.
|Friday, Feb 6|
|Softball||Charleston, S.C.||9:00 AM|
|Softball||Charleston, S.C.||11:00 AM|
|Saturday, Feb 7|
|Softball||Charleston, S.C.||10:00 AM|
|Softball||Charleston, S.C.||2:00 PM|
|Friday, Feb 13|
|Softball||Kennesaw, Ga.||11:00 AM|
|Softball||Kennesaw, Ga.||3:00 PM|
|Saturday, Feb 14|
|Softball||Kennesaw, Ga.||9:00 AM|
|Softball||Kennesaw, Ga.||5:00 PM|
|Sunday, Feb 15|
|Friday, Feb 20|
|Softball||Oxford, Miss.||1:30 PM|