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    Allie VadeBoncouer is riding a 27-game reached-base streak, the longest at SIU since at least 2003.

    Allie VadeBoncouer is riding a 27-game reached-base streak, the longest at SIU since at least 2003.
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    April 25, 2014

    SIU (25-20, 12-8 MVC) at Wichita State (30-18, 17-4 MVC)
     Date April 26-27, 2014
     Times April 26
    Game 1: Noon
    Game 2: 2 p.m.

    April 17
    Game 3: Noon

     Location Wichita, Kan. -- Wilkins Stadium (1,000)
     Live Stats Provided By WSU: G1 | G2 | G3
     Live Stream None
     Live Audio Saluki All-Access: G1 | G2 | G3
     Game Notes Southern Illinois | MVC
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | Wichita StateMVC
     All-Time Series SIU leads, 51-23
     Series Streak SIU W1
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    The Salukis travel to Wichita, Kan., for a three-game series with league-leading Wichita State on April 26-27.

    Southern Illinois has...

    • Won eight of its last nine games
    • Won three-straight road games at WSU after sweeping the Shockers in Wichita in 2012
    • Won nine of the last 10 games vs. Wichita State and 13 of the last 15
    • Won five-straight season series vs. the Shockers
    • Won three-straight MVC series in 2014 and four MVC series overall
    • Scored five or more runs against WSU in seven of the last eight meetings
    • Allowed four or fewer runs in eight-straight games
    • Gone 5-0 on Sunday MVC games this year
    • Won seven-straight games when scoring six or more runs

    The Last Meeting
    Wichita State1
    Southern Illinois7
    May 9, 2013
    Omaha, Neb.
    Salukis' season ends at MVC Tournament
    The fifth-seeded Salukis opened the tournament with a 7-1 win over No. 8 Wichita State before falling to No. 4 Northern Iowa 6-4 later in the day in the quarterfinals.

    The Salukis have dominated the recent series with Wichita State, winning nine of the last 10 meetings and 13 of the last 15. SIU won two of three last year in Carbondale, sweeping the Saturday doubleheader before falling on Sunday. The teams also met in the MVC tournament, where SIU won 7-1 last year. The Salukis swept the season series in both 2011 and 2012, giving SIU a three-game winning streak on games played in Wichita.

    Southern Illinois has won eight of its last nine game, which included a seven-game MVC winning streak that pushed its conference record from 5-7 to 12-7. The Salukis fell to Evansville 4-2 on Tuesday to end the streak, but they bounced back with an impressive 9-0 run-rule win in five innings against UT-Martin on Thursday at Charlotte West Stadium.

    Wichita State has been the hottest team in the Missouri Valley Conference since conference play started, holding a multi-game lead on the MVC field throughout most of the conference season. The Shockers have won eight of their last nine overall, with the lone loss being a one-run loss to Missouri State on Wednesday afternoon. In that winning streak, the Shockers have won three run-rule games and held opponents to two or fewer runs six times, including three shutouts.

    Wichita State features the most potent offense in the MVC, leading the league in virtually every offensive category. The Shockers lead the league in batting average by nearly 20 points and Wichita is the only squad in the league to post a team batting average above .300; they hit .314 as a team. Southern Illinois is the only team in the league with a better on-base percentage than Wichita State, and SIU's lead is only .001 in that category. Wichita State has scored 41 more runs this year than anyone in the conference with 274; SIU is second in that category at 233.

    The Shockers are led by Cacy Williams, who is hitting a remarkable .411 this year. Seven Shockers are hitting .290 or better this season, including Paige Luellen (.374) and Brittany Fortner (.365). Fortner has been especially impressive in MVC play; she is chasing the all-time MVC batting average record, which was set in 1997 when Priscilla Welch of Illinois State hit .532 in MVC play. With six games to play, Fortner is hitting .554 through 21 games, outpacing the field by nearly 80 points.

    Wichita State has two star pitchers who have pitched nearly even this year. Sloan Anderson has a 12-12 record to go along with a 3.48 ERA in 144.2 innings pitched. Kaitlyn Malone's ERA is higher at 4.24, but Malone has posted a 15-5 record on the season. Malone is more prone to walks, giving away 60 free passes this year, compared to just 31 in 144.2 innings for Anderson.

    The Salukis are heating up at the right time of the season. SIU played .500 softball for the first 40 games of the season, never going more than two games above or two games below the .500 mark. SIU only had one three-game winning streak and one three-game losing streak in that time, trading wins and losses throughout the first 40 games. Since falling to 17-19 after the first game at Bradley, Southern has won eight of nine games, which includes a seven-game MVC winning streak that bumped the squad's MVC record from 5-7 to 12-7 and moved the Salukis into third place in the MVC.

    Jayna Spivey hit two doubles against Loyola last Sunday, giving her 16 for the season. With the mark, she passed teammate Taylor Orsburn's 15 she hit last season for the most in a single season in school history. Becky Lis had also hit 15 in a season during her 1997 campaign. Spivey actually has hit 17 doubles this season, but her walkoff double vs. Murray State is technically a single; the winning run traveled only one base, so Spivey only gets a single on the play. Nonetheless, Spivey's 16 doubles lead the MVC in doubles by two two-baggers and she has led the Salukis to a No. 34 ranking nationally in doubles per game. With her big season, Spivey is catching up to Orsburn for career doubles. Orsburn ranks fifth in school history with 38 career doubles; Spivey is right behind her and sixth in school history with 37.

    Taylor Orsburn has 26 RBIs this season, bringing her career total to 133, which ranks second in SIU history and 10th in MVC history. The only other hitter in Southern Illinois history who has more career RBIs than Orsburn is teammate Jayna Spivey, who broke SIU's career record earlier this season and ranks seventh in MVC history with 144 career RBIs.

    Did you know?
    Kelsey Gonzalez has at least one hit in 21 of SIU's last 29 games and raised her season batting average to .336, good for second on the team, after hitting .210 last year as a freshman.

    With both Spivey and Orsburn in the top-10 in MVC history in career RBIs, Southern Illinois is the only school with teammates in the top-10. With four total players among the top-12 RBI producers in MVC history, Southern has the most players among the MVC's elite RBI producers of any school.

    SIU senior Allie VadeBoncouer has reached base in 27-straight games in which she has had an at-bat for the Salukis, the longest streak for any SIU player since at least 2003. With her walk on Thursday against UT-Martin, VadeBoncouer passed teammate Taylor Orsburn for the longest such streak since at least 2003. Orsburn reached base in 26-straight games overlapping the 2013 and 2014 seasons, reaching base in the final 23 games of 2013 before reaching base in the first three games of this season.

    VadeBoncouer has hit just .220 during her remarkable 27-game reached base streak, which dates back to the Boston College game, but her on-base percentage is at .495 during the swing. Her .489 season on-base percentage ranks fourth in the Valley, and she is seeking her second .500 season on-base percentage of her career. In that sample size that has grown to more than half the season, two other Salukis have matched or nearly matched VadeBoncouer's incredible OBP. Jayna Spivey (.487 OBP) and Shaye Harre (.472 OBP) have also been getting on base at nearly a 50 percent clip.

    Jayna Spivey and Taylor Orsburn have their names plastered all over the SIU record books. Both players are in the top-10 in school history in career at bats, doubles, home runs, and RBIs. Additionally, Orsburn ranks eighth in career hits, and Spivey ranks fourth in career runs scored, and the other player is knocking on the door of the top-10 in both of those categories.

    In the single-season list, Taylor Orsburn's 2011 campaign is now second in doubles (15) after Spivey broke that record earlier this year. Orsburn's 49 RBIs in 2011 rank third in school history, while Spivey's 44 last year rank sixth. Spivey hit 11 home runs in both 2011 and 2013, ranking seventh in school history, and Orsburn hit 10 in 2011, which ranks 10th.

    SIU junior Katie Bertelsen has emerged as the staff ace. 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). After a rough patch, Bertelsen appears to be back to her dominant ways. She went 4-0 in SIU's seven-game Winning streak with a great 2.89 ERA. Most encouraging, she only allowed hitters a .230 average against her in that span, while her season batting average against is at .289. She struck out 10 batters in that streak, as well.

    Bertelsen has posted just a 3.29 ERA in MVC play and thrown 10 complete games. She's recorded the W in eight of SIU's 12 conference wins. Although she's SIU's starter, she's also recorded three saves this year. With 12 saves now in her career, Bertelsen ranks sixth in the NCAA in career saves among active players.

    Kelsey Gonzalez has been Southern's hottest hitter over the past few weeks, raising her season batting average to .336, which is second on the team. Gonzalez is second on the team with 11 multi-hit games. She has hit safely in 21 of the last 29 games and reached base in 24 of those 29 games, raising her batting average nearly 75 points from .262 to .336. In that 29-game stretch, Gonzalez has a team-best .377 batting average to go along with a .435 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage.

    Gonzalez's turnaround is remarkable considering she hit just .210 as a freshman in 2013 while starting all 52 games. She hit just one home run as a freshman, too, but she is up to three this year. Her most recent homer was a three-run blast that started SIU's 9-0, five-inning rout of UT-Martin. She has nearly doubled her slugging percentage from her freshman year; after slugging .261 last year, she's up to .466 this year.

    Sacrifice flies are rare in softball, with seven sac flies on the year leading the NCAA as of last Monday's stat report. Kelsey Gonzalez has been one of the nation's best at getting a run home from third. With six sac flies, Gonzalez tied other players for third in the NCAA this year in sacrifice flies. If she's not hitting a sac fly, chances are she's still getting the runner home: Gonzalez is hitting .533 (8-for-15) this year with a runner on third and less than two outs.

    SIU freshman Merri Anne Patterson was inserted into the starting lineup for the series at Bradley and wasted no time in making a spark. The Salukis have gone 8-2 since Patterson became a regular starter. She threw out the potential tying run at home in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 7-6 win over Bradley in the second game of the series, and her two-run home run in the series finale proved to be the difference in a 6-4 win. Patterson hit .294 during SIU's seven-game winning streak, and she has a team-leading 11 RBIs since being inserted into the starting lineup. She has fit right in with SIU's ability to get on base, posting a .464 on-base percentage in those 10 games.

    Through 20 games, Spivey is putting up ridiculous numbers in Missouri Valley Conference games. The senior hit .417 last week and actually decreased her conference batting average. She is hitting .452 in MVC play to go along with astronomical on-base percentage (.575) and slugging percentage (.758) numbers. She has hit eight doubles, a triple, and three home runs in conference play, and she's added 19 RBIs on top of that.

    Spivey isn't the only SIU player leaving her mark in conference paly. Kelsey Gonzalez is hitting .321 in 20 MVC games, and Shaye Harre is certainly making her mark in her first season in the Valley, hitting .339 with five doubles and 12 RBIs. Harre's OBP (.451) and slugging (.508) numbers are also impressive. Kelsea Ashton and Merri Anne Patterson have also been sparks in conference play. Ashton has hit just .128 in non-conference play, but she's hitting .293 in 20 MVC games and drawn 10 walks to post a .434 on-base percentage. Patterson was insterted into the starting lineup halfway through the conference season but is hitting .286 with nine RBIs, and she also has a .464 OBP.

    Lineup Quick Notes
     1 Merri Anne Patterson Started last 10 games ... Threw out tying run at home to beat BU in G2 ... Team high 11 RBIs since entering starting lineup
     2 Allie VadeBoncouer 4th in MVC w/ .489 OBP ... Current 27-game reached-base streak ... 2nd in NCAA history w/ 69 career HBP (14 in 2014)
     3 Jayna Spivey .340 BA ... ..452 avg. in MVC play ... SIU career RBI leader and 7th in MVC history (144) ... 3rd in SIU HRs (33)
     4 Kelsea Ashton .393 BA in MVC play; .128 avg in non-con Gs ... Played in all 45 games, starting 42 at 3b
     5 Lacey Newbold Has played in 37 games, primarily as a pinch runner ... 7-for-8 in stolen bases ... Scored 17 runs
     6 Jessa Thomas Played in 9 games and started 8 ... Has not committed an error ... Looking for her first career hit (5 ABs so far)
     7 Kelsey Gonzalez 2nd on team with .336 BA ... Reached base in 24 of last 28 G ... 6 Sac Flys (3rd nationally) ... .377 avg last 29G
     10 Caylee Cook Played in 32 games, starting 17 ... Has hit 2 HR and 3 doubles ... .395 success advancing runners
     11 Michelle Glenn .297 average and .423 OBP ... Team-best 14-14 SB ... Riding 7G reached base streak ... 16-16 career SB
     12 Kalyn Harker .311 avg. ... .370 avg. w/ RISP ... 14-15 SB ... 34 career SB ... Only 1 career error (182 PO)
     17 Kara Kimball Played in 37 games, primarily as a pinch runner ... 4-4 SB ... Scored 16 runs/td>
     20 Taylor Orsburn .246 avg & 2.57 ERA ... 2nd in SIU history in RBIs (133), 5th in 2B (38) & 10th in HRs (20) ... Grand slams vs. Mur. St. & UE
     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 .366 avg & 32 RBIs in last 32 games ... 17th in nation among freshmen in RBIs/gm (37) ... .688 avg. w/runner on 3rd & LT 2 outs
     27 Katie Bertelsen 1.83 ERA in 7app. (6CG) from 3/15-4/1 ... CG SHO vs. DU ... Tm-best 13 Ws ... 6th in NCAA career SV among active plyrs (12)
     28 Taylor Harris Played in 30 games and started 11 ... In a 1-23 slump ... Singled and scored in G3 vs. Drake ... 3-14 as pinch hitter
     33 Meredith Wilson Preseason All-MVC ... Broke out of 1-11 slump with 2B at SLU (11-37 since) ... GW 1B vs. LUC ... 11 2-out RBIs
     40 Brook Womack Has played in 18 games, starting 5 ... Has scored 4 R and has 1 RBI
      Team 21-3 with 6+ runs; 4-17 with 0-5 runs ... .332 team BA in wins; .195 BA in losses ... Outscored opp. 36-15 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

    SIU senior Allie VadeBoncouer has been hit by 14 pitches this year. That marks 69 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.

    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 before giving up an earned run in the blowout. After a rough stretch, Orsburn was back to her dominant ways with solid weeks the last three weeks. In her last six appearances, Orsburn is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 27.1 innings. She has pitched three complete game wins, had a complete-game shutout vs. UT-Martin and picked up a save, as well. Orsburn has lowered her season ERA to 2.57 in 50 innings this year and has a 6-2 record, which includes a 4-0 mark in MVC play.

    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 ranks 17th 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. 34 rank nationally out of 288 schools in doubles per game. Harre leads the team in home runs (4), RBIs (37) and triples (2), and she's done all that despite hitting just .194 with five RBIs in her first 13 games.

    Harre was unstoppable against Evansville in Carbondale. The freshman from Nashville, Ill., reached base in all nine of her plate appearances (one by error) and went 5-for-6 to raise her batting average from below .300 to .325 in just one day. On the season, Harre is hitting .318 and has drawn 27 walks to post a .447 on-base percentage, as well. Harre ranks fourth in the MVC in RBIs, fourth in walks, sixth in doubles and ninth in on-base percentage.

    SIU has gone 5-0 this year in Sunday games of Valley series behind a lethal combination of solid pitching from Bertelsen and a potent offense. SIU has averaged 7.4 runs in those finales and the offense is hitting .356 as a whole. Four regulars are hitting .500 or better in the third game of MVC series, led by Jayna Spivey's .600 / .700 / 1.200 splits. Bertelsen has gone 5-0 with three complete games, and she has held her ERA to 4.11 while her offense is putting up more than seven runs behind her.

    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 25 despite playing the third-fewest games of the 10 MVC teams, leads the league in on-base percentage and ranks second in hit-by-pitches. 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.

    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 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 144 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.

    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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