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    April 11, 2014

    SIU (17-18, 5-6 MVC) at Bradley (17-21, 8-4 MVC)
     Dates April 12-13, 2014
     Times Saturday, April 12
    Game 1: 12 p.m.
    Game 2: 2 p.m.

    Sunday, April 13
    Game 3: 12 p.m.

     Location Peoria, Ill. -- Laura Bradley Field (500)
     Live Stats Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
     Live Stream Provided by Bradley: 24-hour subscription required
     Live Audio Saluki All-Access: Game 1 // Game 2 // Game 3
     Game Notes Southern Illinois | Bradley | MVC
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | BradleyMVC
     All-Time Series SIU leads, 54-24
     Series Streak SIU W4
     Social Media @SIU_Softball   |  @SIU_Softball   |  Saluki Softball 

    Southern Illinois is traveling to Bradley for the middle series in the Missouri Valley Conference's nine-series conference slate. The series marks SIU's three away games in the middle of a stretch of 10 home games in a 13-game stretch. SIU is coming off a 2-3 record in a five-game hone stand, and it will return home for five MVC games following the series with Bradley. The Salukis are starting the back half of the conference after facing the four teams, along with SIU, picked to finish in the top-half of the conference. SIU made it through that stretch with a 5-6 MVC record, but Bradley is third in the Valley through four series with an 8-4 MVC mark.

    The Salukis have won four-straight games in the all-time series with Bradley and hold a 54-24 overall mark in the 78 games between the two schools. Southern swept the three-game set with Bradley last year, winning all three games by only one run. Southern had three-run leads in the seventh inning of two of those games before Bradley threatened with two runs before SIU closed the games out. In the series finale, Southern rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to win. Michelle Glenn scored the game-tying run in that game before Morgan Barchan scored the game-winner on a pair of Bradley errors. Bradley took two of three games the last time the teams played at Laura Bradley Park in Peoria.

    Southern Illinois has played around .500 softball for the entire season. SIU has been within one game on either side of .500 for 13-straight games and recently are on the wrong side of .500 after dropping two of three to Illinois State last weekend and losing a 7-6 decision to Eastern Illinois on Wednesday.

    Bradley is 2-4 in its last six games, with both wins coming last weekend in a series with Loyola at Laura Bradley Park. Bradley's offense has struggled recently, scoring three or fewer runs in four of the last five games, including a 2-0 shutout loss to SIU-Edwardsville on Thursday afternoon.

    Bradley has a 17-21 overall record, but the Braves have been great in MVC play, going 8-4 to put themselves in third place in the conference race. Bradley was picked seventh in the MVC preseason poll, but they've won three of their first four series, with their only series loss coming against current MVC frontrunner Wichita State.

    The Braves have used pitching to get to third in the conference. BU has scored five or fewer runs in nine-straight games, but they've managed to win five of those games, including tight 4-2 and 3-2 wins.

    Madeline Lynch-Crumrine has been the staff ace, posting a 2.89 ERA and appearing in 28 of the team's 38 games. Lynch-Crumrine has limited opponents to a .250 batting average against her, and she pitched a complete-game shutout in BU's only win over league leader Wichita State--who boasts the most explosive offense in the MVC. From the plate, Alyson Clemente leads the team with a .303 average, six doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs. Lynch-Crumrine also hits well, batting .293 with three home runs to help her own cause. She has the team's best slugging percentage at .467.

    SIU senior Allie VadeBoncouer has reached base in 19-straight games for the Salukis, the longest mark on the team this season. It's the longest for SIU since teammate Taylor Orsburn reached base in 26-straight games overlapping the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Orsburn reached base in the final 23 games of 2013 before reaching base in the first three games of this season. VadeBoncouer has posted a .516 on-base percentage in that 19-game swing, raising her OBP to an MVC-best .500 on the season.

    Did you know?
    Allie VadeBoncouer has a 19-game reached-base streak, the longest since teammate Taylor Orsburn reached base in 26-straight games overlapping the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

    Through 11 games, SIU senior Jayna Spivey is dominating in MVC play. She's hitting .556 (20-for-36) with astronomical slugging (.917) and on-base percentage (.628) numbers. Sixteen of her 30 RBIs this season have come in the 11 conference games, and she's committed just one error in conference play. She's totaled five doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven runs scored and 33 total bases. The senior has broken SIU's career RBI record and ranks eighth in MVC history in career RBIs, just five away from breaking into the top-five in conference history.

    Third baseman Kelsea Ashton has just a .179 average at the plate this year, but she's been a tough out so far in MVC play. In conference games, Ashton is hitting .304 with two doubles and two runs scored. She's also posted a .360 on-base percentage.

    Kelsey Gonzalez hits in the No. 9 hole for the Salukis, but she's anything but a typical No. 9 hitter. Gonzalez's .318 batting average is tied for second on the team. She has also pounded four doubles and two home runs, leading to her .435 slugging percentage, and she's walked 11 times for a .380 on-base percentage. She's also been able to drive runs in. Gonzalez has four sacrifice flies on the year. With three entering the week, she was ranked No. 29 nationally in sac flies, and she added another one on Wednesday vs. Eastern Illinois. She also hit a homer against EIU.

    SIU senior Allie VadeBoncouer ranks second the Missouri Valley Conference in on-base percentage at .500. VadeBoncouer is hitting .267 this year and has just half as many hits (20) as SIU's leader Jayna Spivey (40). In fact, VadeBoncouer has walked (22) more times than she's gotten a hit (20), and she's added 13 hit-by-pitches on top of that. All told, VadeBoncouer's .500 OBP this late in the season puts her in the hunt for a second career .500 on-base percentage season after posting a .505 OBP as a sophomore in 2012. All told, VadeBoncouer has an amazing career OBP of .452 in more than 550 career plate appearances.

    SIU senior Allie VadeBoncouer has been hit by 13 pitches this year. That marks the 68 times in her career that VadeBoncouer has been hit by a pitch, second in NCAA history. VadeBoncouer passed Auburn's Myesha Finney (2006-09) for sole possession of second place on the NCAA's all-time HBP list by wearing one against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday. VadeBoncouer probably will have to settle for second on the list; the NCAA's career leader, Mariah Gearhart of Okahoma State (2008-11) blows away the field with an amazing 92 career HBPs.

    Southern was no-hit in the first game of a doubleheader at Saint Louis, but the Salukis have been on fire at the plate since then. As a team, Southern has hit .303 in the nine games since they were no-hit. Jayna Spivey is hitting a remarkable .467 in that span, and Kalyn Harker (.406), Kelsey Gonzalez (.333), Shaye Harre (.308), Meredith Wilson (.304) and Michelle Glenn (.300) are also hitting well.

    On the season, four SIU hitters have posted batting averages of better than .300--Spivey (.357), Harker (.318), Gonzalez (.318) and Harre (.303)--and that's not including Allie VadeBoncouer, who boasts a .500 on-base percentage.

    Jayna Spivey's name is already plastered all over the MVC and SIU record books, and she's again threatening to add her name on another record. Spivey has hit 13 doubles, which leads the conference and ranks 17th nationally. That's already tied for fifth in a single season in school history and just two away from tying teammate Taylor Orsburn's 2013 campaign for the all-time SIU lead. With five more doubles, Spivey will jump into the top-10 in MVC history in single-season doubles.

    Another Southern Illinois senior, Taylor Orsburn, is also among SIU's all-time RBI hitters. Orsburn hit a grand slam to center field that started SIU's 9-1 romp over Murray State on Tuesday. The four RBIs gave Orsburn 124 for her career, which tied her with Katie Wilson for fifth on SIU's all-time list.

    Orsburn and Spivey are both knocking on the door of SIU's top-10 career list in hits. Orsburn has 184 career hits and Spivey has 178. With two more hits from Orsburn and nine more hits from Spivey, both players will leave their careers among the top-10 hit producers in school history.

    With Spivey, Orsburn, and Harre batting in the heart of the order, Southern has one of the nation's best lineups for producing doubles. SIU ranks No. 21 nationally in doubles per game, led by Spivey, who ranks 17th.

    SIU junior Kalyn Harker has gone 13-for-32 (.406) in her last nine games, including a 3-for-4, 4 RBI outing in the second game of the SLU doubleheader. Not traditionally an RBI hitter, Harker has piled up eight of her 16 RBIs in 2014 in those games. She's also gone a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts and scored seven runs. With her hot streak in the last nine games, Harker has raised her season batting average from .255 to .318. Harker is hitting a team-leading .429 with runners in scoring position this year (15-35). Harker is currently on a five-game hitting streak, the longest current streak for SIU.

    SIU junior Katie Bertelsen has emerged as the staff ace over the last month. In her first seven appearances after MVC play started, Bertelsen had a 1.83 ERA and threw six complete games in her seven starts. She threw a complete-game shutout in the series opener against Drake and allowed more than two earned runs only twice. She went pitch-for-pitch with 2012 MVC Pitcher of the Year Jamie Fisher of UNI in a 10-inning 2-1 loss and backed it up by only allowing six earned runs over her next 24 innings (2.14 ERA).

    Bertelsen has posted just a 3.17 ERA in MVC play and thrown five complete games. She's recorded the W in four of SIU's five conference wins. With 44 career wins, Bertelsen ranks eighth in SIU history and also ranks 10th in school history with 79 career appearances, 23 of which have come this year.

    SIU senior first baseman Taylor Orsburn, pitching for the first time in her SIU career, had a 1.95 ERA in her first 32.1 innings this year. In that span, she allowed hitters just a .242 average against her. To start MVC play, she was even better, posting an 1.21 ERA in her first 17.1 innings, which spanned five appearances. Hitters managed only a .215 average over that time. Orsburn had a 15-inning scoreless streak heading into the seventh inning of SIU's 9-3 win at SLU on Wednesday before giving up an earned run in the blowout. After a rough stretch, Orsburn was back to her dominant ways with 2.2 scoreless innings on Wednesday against EIU to lower her season ERA to 2.77.

    True freshman Shaye Harre has jumped right in and been one of the best hitters in the conference from the start of her career. Harre's older cousin, Amy, is one of SIU's all-time great pitchers, but Shaye Harre has shown her potential from the batter's box. Harre ranks 11th nationally among freshman in RBIs per game as of the last NCAA stat report last Monday and, along with Jayna Spivey, has led SIU to the No. 21 rank nationally out of 288 schools in doubles per game. Harre leads the team in home runs (4), RBIs (33) and triples (2), and she's done all that despite hitting just .194 with five RBIs in her first 13 games.

    Through 13 games, two key cogs in the middle of the SIU lineup were struggling. Senior Jayna Spivey was hitting just .237 and freshman Shaye Harre was hitting .194. In the 22 games since, both players have been playing at an All-American level. Spivey is hitting .419 and has raised her average all the way to .357 for the season. She's posted an OBP of .500 and a slugging percentage of .703. She has 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 22 RBIs in that 21-game span alone. Harre has been nearly as good. She has hit .365 with a .481 OBP and .698 slugging percentage. She's hit seven doubles, a triple and four home runs in addition to her 28 RBIs in that span.

    SIU's series finale at Missouri State marked her 800th career game, all of which have come at SIU. Blaylock also picked up her 500th career coaching win on March 21, 2013, with SIU's doubleheader sweep of Saint Louis. In her 15th season, she is the second SIU coach and the eighth MVC coach to reach the 500-win milestone. Her career .661 winning percentage is the highest among the MVC's 500-win coaches.

    SIU has gone 5-1 on Sunday this year since the first weekend of the season, including a perfect 3-0 mark in MVC play. Each of the last two weekends, Southern has been swept in a doubleheader on Saturday only to come back and win the series finale on Sunday. Southern has won those games by an average of 3.5 runs per game. Eleven different Salukis are hitting better than .300 on Sundays, and seven players are hitting .400 or better.

    Southern Illinois gave its lineup a major shake-up in its midweek game against Murray State. For the first time in 25 games, Taylor Orsburn did not hit leadoff for the Salukis. Instead, Orsburn was moved down to the No. 5 hole. Kalyn Harker, who had hit .381 in the six games prior to the Murray State game, took over the leadoff duties, and both players played great in their new roles. Harker went 3-for-4 with two runs and 3 RBIs in the leadoff role, and Taylor Orsburn hit a grand slam to bust the game open in the third inning.

    SIU senior Jayna Spivey broke the school record for career RBIs on a game-tying two-run double in the top of the seventh inning in the first game against Missouri State on Saturday. The record was shared by Jamie Schuttek (1994-97) and Alicia Garza (2007-10). Schuttek and Garza each reached 132 career RBIs, and Spivey now has 141 total, which is good for eighth in MVC history.

    Last year, Spivey tied Schuttek's 1997 season for the sixth-most single-season RBIs with 44. Another current Saluki, Allie VadeBoncouer, holds the single-season record with 51 RBIs in 2012, while Taylor Orsburn holds third place on the single-season list with 49 RBIs in 2011. Orsburn isn't far behind Spivey in career RBIs; with 124 career RBIs, Orsburn is fifth on the school's all-time list, and VadeBoncouer (97 career RBIs) is knocking on the door of the top-10.

    Southern led the MVC in drawing free bases last season with a combined 259 free bases via walks and hit-by-pitches. The Salukis ranked second behind Illinois State for the MVC's lead in bases on balls with 201, and the Salukis' 58 free bases on hit by pitches was the league leader by 19.

    This year, the Salukis have continued the trend. Southern leads the conference in walks by 15 and ranks third in both hit-by-pitches and on-base percentage. As a result, the Salukis are second in the conference in runs scored and rank in the top-three in the MVC in nearly every offensive category.

    Lineup Quick Notes
     1 Merri Anne Patterson Played in 25 games, starting 4 ... First career RBIs at SLU ... 2-3 stolen bases ... Started last games @ SLU & @MSU
     2 Allie VadeBoncouer 2nd in MVC w/ .500 OBP ... Current 19-game reached-base streak ... 2nd in NCAA history w/ 68 career HBP (13 in 2014)
     3 Jayna Spivey .357 BA ... .419 BA in last 22 games ... SIU career RBI leader and 8th in MVC history (141) ... t3rd in SIU HRs (32)
     4 Kelsea Ashton Played in all 35 games, starting 32 at 3b ... Has two doubles and one triple ... .304 BA in MVC play
     5 Lacey Newbold Has played in 27 games, primarily as a pinch runner ... 6-for-7 in stolen bases ... Scored 12 runs
     6 Jessa Thomas Played in 7 games and started 6 ... Has not committed an error ... Looking for her first career hit
     7 Kelsey Gonzalez 2nd on team with .318 BA ... Reached base in 16 of last 19 G ... 4 Sac Flys (21st nationally) ... 5-5 SB ... .520 avg. leading off inn.
     10 Caylee Cook Played in 28 games, starting 17 ... Has hit 2 HR and 3 doubles ... .400 success advancing runners
     11 Michelle Glenn .293 average and .418 OBP ... Team-best 12-12 SB ... Started 27 games and played in 31
     12 Kalyn Harker .318 avg ... .414 avg in last eight games ... On 5G hitting streak ... .429 avg. w/ RISP ... 10-11 SB
     17 Kara Kimball Played in 29 games, primarily as a pinch runner ... 2-2 SB ... Scored 11 runs
     20 Taylor Orsburn .248 average ... Also has 2.77 ERA ... 5th in SIU history in 2B (38) ... Hit grand slam vs. Murray State
     24 Alyssa Wunderlich 3-4 record ... 5.41 ERA ... 33.2 IP ... 19 SO ... Went 4.2 IP scoreless 3/8 vs. St. Joseph's
     25 Shaye Harre .365 avg & 28 RBIs in last 22 games ... 11th in nation among freshmen in RBIs/game (33) ... .714 avg. w/runner on 3rd & LT 2 outs
     27 Katie Bertelsen 1.83 ERA in 7 app. (6 CG) from 3/15 - 4/1 ... CG SHO vs. Drake ... Team-best 9 Ws ... 4-3 in MVC play
     28 Taylor Harris Played in 25 games and started 11 ... In a 1-19 slump ... Singled and scored in G3 vs. Drake ... 3-10 as pinch hitter
     33 Meredith Wilson Preseason All-MVC ... Broke out of 1-11 slump with 2B at SLU (7-23 since) ... Hit in 5 of last 7G ... 10 2-out RBIs
     40 Brook Womack Has played in 18 games, starting 5 ... Has scored 4 R and has 1 RBI
      Team 14-3 with 6+ runs; 3-15 with 0-5 runs ... .334 team BA in wins; .203 BA in losses ... Outscored opp. 33-12 in 4th inn.
     HC Kerri Blaylock Coached her 800th career game--all at SIU--on March 30 @ Missouri St. ... Highest Win% among MVC 500-win coaches

    Senior second baseman Jayna Spivey was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Spivey was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District selection and First-Team Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete who holds a 3.761 cumulative GPA in biological sciences. The Rosiclare, Ill. recorded 44 RBI's in 2013 to lead the Missouri Valley Conference, which ties as the sixth-best season in SIU history. She also led SIU with 12 multi-RBI games and ranked second in the MVC with 11 home runs, which is tied for seventh in school history. Thirty NCAA softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

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