Senior pitcher Brittney Lang
April 9, 2013
|Southern Illinois (16-19, 4-6 MVC) vs. UT Martin (27-11, 9-4 OVC)|
|Date||Wednesday, April 10|
|Location||Martin, Tenn. – Bettye Giles Field|
|Audio||Streaming online at Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||vs. UT Martin|
Softball falls to UT Martin in extra innings
Southern Illinois (22-11) took an early 7-0 lead but can't hold it as it faltered in eight innings Tuesday at Charlotte West Stadium.
CARBONDALE, Ill.— The Southern Illinois softball travels to Martin, Tenn., Wednesday for a mid-week, non-conference matchup with UT Martin.
SIU VS. UT MARTIN
SIU leads its all-time series with the Skyhawks 12-5, but the two sides have split a total of four matchups over the last three seasons. UTM comes into Wednesday’s game at 27-11 overall, having gone 4-2 over three doubleheaders last week. The Skyhawks are led by the offensive trio of Kenzi Tate, Leah Taylor and Lauren Smith. Tate(.339 avg) leads the team with 29 hits and 29 RBI while Taylor is the team leader in batting average (.358) and runs scored (36) as well as being second on the team with 38 hits and third on the team with 23 RBI. Smith (.336 avg) leads UTM in home runs (9) to go along with 36 hits and 26 RBI. Tate (15-2) and Casey Vincent (11-4) are the Skyhawks’ two leading pitchers. Tate has a 2.58 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 50 walks in 105.2 innings of work while Vincent had a 2.38 ERA with 79 strikeouts with just 25 walks in 112.0 innings.
LAST TIME THEY MET
UT Martin came back from a 7-0 deficit after three innings to rally for an 8-7 win over the Salukis in eight innings last season in Carbondale. The Skyhawks rallied with four runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth before getting a 2-run homer to tie the game in the seventh and a game-winning solo blast in the eighth.
LAST TIME OUT
SIU picked up a 2-1 series win over Wichita State with a doubleheader sweep Saturday and a loss to the Shockers in the series finale on Sunday. SIU squandered an early 4-0 lead to trail 6-4 heading into their final at-bat in Saturday’s opener before Jayna Spivey tied the game with a two-run homer and Kalyn Harker hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give SIU the 7-6 win. SIU’s offense awoke to the tune of 13 hits in a 14-6, run-rule win in six innings in Game 2. Southern fell in a 5-0 hold after four and-a-half innings and couldn’t climb back out in a 6-2 loss in the finale.
FROM MO-VALLEY TO O-VALLEY
UT Martin is the fifth of six Ohio Valley Conference schools the Salukis will face this season. SIU previously faced OVC members Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay, and just last week went up against SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois. Southern also has a matchup with Southeast Missouri State later this month. SIU was supposed to face OVC member Belmont during the Saluki Invitational, but the matchup was cancelled due to inclement weather. SIU has struggled against its OVC counterparts, going 1-4 in those games.
BARCHAN TOPS HIT LIST
Senior outfielder Morgan Barchan is MVC leader in hits through last week with 44 for the season. The Arcadia, Calif., native ranks fourth in the MVC with a .386 batting average. Southern’s leadoff hitter, Barchan leads SIU with a .478 on-base percentage and is tied for first on the team with 29 runs scored.
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES
With 12 home runs in its last eight games, SIU is up to 30 homers for the season, which ranks second in the MVC behind Creighton’s 32. That total through 35 games is just three shy of the team’s long ball tally from last season. Six Saluki players (Michelle Bradley, Morgan Barchan, Kalyn Harker, Taylor Orsburn, Jayna Spivey and Meredith Wilson) have either equaled or bettered their home run totals from last season.
BASES FOR FREE
Southern leads the MVC in drawing free bases through last week’s games. The Salukis have drawn an MVC-best 141 bases on balls and Illinois State (137) is the only other team in the Valley with more than 115. Additionally, the Salukis’ 39 free bases on hit by pitches is the league leader.
ISN’T IT GRAND?
Allie VadeBoncouer hit SIU’s fourth grand slam of the season in Saturday’s 14-6 win over Wichita State. That last time SIU hit more grand slams in a season was 2011 when the Salukis tallied five. Meredith Wilson already has two grand slams for SIU this season, something last accomplished by Christina Trapani in 2011.
SPIVEY, SOUTHERN’S DEEP THREAT
Saluki junior Jayna Spivey leads SIU and ranks second in the MVC with nine home runs, which sits just two short of her career best. Spivey hit 11 home runs as a freshman in 2011, which is tied for seventh in SIU history for a single season. Her 27 career home runs rank fourth in SIU history. She needs just one more to enter SIU’s single-season top 10 list.
VADEBONCOUER THE BALL MAGNET
Junior catcher Allie VadeBoncouer has drawn 16 free bases on hit-by-pitch this season. That total ranks fifth in the nation through the NCAA’s most recent stats report. VadeBoncouer led the nation last season with 28 hit-by-pitches. She has been hit by 48 total pitches in her career.