Softball hosts Drake for MVC opener

    SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock nears her 500th career win currently holding a record of 498-232.

    SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock nears her 500th career win currently holding a record of 498-232.
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    March 14, 2013

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    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team will open Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend hosting Drake for a three-game series at Charlotte West Stadium. The first game is slated to begin at 12 p.m. Saturday with the second game immediately following at 2 p.m. The series will wrap-up Sunday at noon. 

    WHAT: SIU (10-11) vs. Drake (14-10)

    WHERE: Carbondale, Ill., Chartlotte West Stadium

    WHEN: March 16-17

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    Saturday, March 16    12 p.m.

                                 2 p.m.

    Sunday, March 17      12 p.m.

    WHAT’S ON DECK Southern Illinois will open conference play this weekend hosting Drake for a three-game series beginning Saturday with a doubleheader at Charlotte West Stadium followed by a single game on Sunday. Last season the Salukis opened Valley play at Wichita State sweeping the Shockers.

    RECAPPING LAST WEEK SIU finished the Saluki Invitational at 1-1 after falling to Wisconsin 7-3 and topping EKU 9-1 on Saturday. The remainder of the Invitational was cancelled due to rain. Southern traveled to Austin Peay on Tuesday for doubleheader falling to the Lady Govs 11-7 and 8-2.

    BLAYLOCK NEARS 500 WINS Kerri Blaylock returns to the helm of Saluki Softball in 2013 nearing her 500th career win. Blaylock enters her 14th season as the team’s head coach and her 23rd overall year with the program boasting a career record of 498-232.

    SCOUTING DRAKE The Bulldogs currently stand in second place in the MVC holding a 14-10 record. Last weekend Drake went 2-2 at the Oklahoma Tournament beating Northern Colorado twice and falling to the host Sooners two times. The Bulldogs have gone 0-4 against Top-25 teams this season, but have had some close battles. They fell to No. 16 Arizona, 5-3, on Feb. 15 and both losses two weeks ago at the Florida Gator Tournament came to No. 4 Florida, 4-3 and 4-1. Southern Illinois leads its all-time series with Drake 50-21. Last season, the Salukis went 2-1 in Des Moines blowing past the Bulldogs in the doubleheader before stumbling in the series finale.

    BERTELSEN IS BACK Katie Bertelsen made her 2013 debut in the circle on Tuesday, March 13 at Austin Peay. Bertelsen missed the opening of the season rehabbing an injury. Last season, Bertelsen led the pitching staff in wins (13) and saves (5) and stuck out 74 in 149.1 innings pitched.

    SCHOLAR-ATHLETE Jayna Spivey has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Spivey went .400 from the plate last week (4-for-10) with team bests of five RBIs and 10 total bases during a week in which Southern went 2-1. Spivey hit a pair of home runs for the Salukis last week to bring her team-leading season long ball tally to five. She maintains a 3.797 grade-point average as a biological sciences major.

    SWINGING SPIVEY Jayna Spivey has been consistent for the Saluki offense leading the team in home runs (5) and RBI’s (18) with a .696 slugging percentage.  The junior has recorded 20 hits for a batting average of .357 which is second to team leader Morgan Barchan.

    HEAVY HITTER Meredith Wilson has been a threat at the plate this season. The sophomore has unloaded two grand slams and one home run during the Salukis 17-game slate. Eight of Wilson’s 13 RBI’s have been from her grand slams against Fordham and Butler.

    VADEBONCOUER AT THE DISH Allie VadeBoncouer was a force at the plate last season drawing 28 free bases on hit-by-pitches to lead the nation. Currently the junior catcher totals 13 hit-by-pitches during the Salukis 21 games.

    NEXT TIME OUT The Salukis will continue their five game home stand hosting Saint Louis University on Wednesday, March 20 for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.