Sophomore second baseman Jayna Spivey hit her sixth career home run against Northern Iowa Saturday.
April 30, 2012
By Megan Kramper
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois softball team will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule as it hosts Murray State Tuesday and visits Illinois Wednesday in midweek action.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS (32-16) vs. MURRAY STATE RACERS (29-16), ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (23-23)
Games 49-50 • Charlotte West Stadium (Carbondale, Ill. ), Eichelberger Field (Champaign, Ill.)
Radio: Game Central on SIUSalukis.com with Patrick Erickson (play-by-play)
Video: Game Central on SIUSalukis.com (Murray State only)
vs. Murray State
This will be the first meeting of the two teams. The Racer softball program was added in 2009 and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Fighting Illini hold a 11-4 advantage in the series as the Salukis last won in 2008 at Eichelberger Field. Illinois has won the last two meetings as the two teams didn't meet in 2009. They took the last win in the series in a 5-2 decision at Charlotte West Stadium last season.
Tuesday: 82˚, mostly sunny, scattered thunderstorms (50%)
Wednesdasy: 85˚, mostly sunny
ON DECK: MURRAY STATE RACERS
The Racers are a young program in their third season of Division I play in the Ohio Valley Conference. They clinched a spot in the OVC tournament with wins over SEMO this weekend and extended their win streak to nine games. Left fielder Megan Glosser leads the Racers with a .384 batting average with OVC Player of the Week center fielder Casey Castile following closely behind with a .361 batting average and team-high 40 RBI. Pitcher Shelby Kosmecki leads things for Murray State with a 11-9 record and 2.23 ERA in 125.2 innings pitched. As a staff, they hold a 2.55 ERA and allow opponents a .258 batting average.
ON DECK: ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
The Fighting Illini are flying high after a series win at No. 22 Michigan this weekend in Big Ten action. They won game one of the series Saturday but dropped the first game of a Sunday doubleheadher to the Wolverines before a comeback in game two with a 2-0 win locked up the series win. Pitcher Pepper Gay and freshman third baseman Jess Perkins won weekly Big Ten honors for their performances. As a team, the Illini hold a .253 batting average with sophomore Alex Booker leading the way batting .307 with six RBI. Perkins holds a .297 batting average with team-highs with nine home run and 31 RBI. Gay and Jackie Guy split time in the circle, with a combined 2.70 ERA. Gay holds an 18-13 record in 195.0 inning pitched and 176 strikeouts and 138 walks. Guy holds a 5-10 record with a 3.77 ERA in 109.1 innings of work.
RUNNING OVER HER OWN RECORD
Senior outfielder Mallory Duran-Sellers broke her own single-season runs scored record in the 7-6 win over SEMO Wednesday. Duran-Sellers scored her 55th run of the season, surpassing her previous record of 54 set last season. She currently has 56 runs scored on the season and is four shy of tying the MVC record of 60 set by Kate Madden of Missouri State in 1996. She is on pace to break the individual career record of runs scored at SIU as she has scored 156 runs in her career. The record of 159 was set by Colleen Holloway in 1990-93.
SALUKIS VS. THE OVC
The Salukis have gone 5-1 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents this season. Wins include Austin Peay, Jacksonville State, SIU Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois, and SEMO. The Dawgs dropped a single game to OVC leader UT Martin at Charlotte West on Apr. 10. They have their final matchup with an OVC opponent Tuesday when they welcome Murray State in the first meeting of the two programs.
BERTIE GETS THE SHORT END OF THE STICK
Katie Bertelsen's record didn't reflect the kind of week she had for the Salukis in the circle. The freshman from Alexis, Ill., took all three losses on the week despite having her best outing of the season in game one against UNI. Bertelsen threw a season-high nine strikeouts against the Panthers and compiled 13 overall in 14.0 innings of work last week. She only issued two walks and also earned a save in that time.
The Salukis will look to add to their success in midweek non-conference games this season where they hold a 5-1 record. They have wins over SIU Edwardsville, St. Louis (twice), Eastern Illinois and SEMO. Their lone loss came against UT Martin on April 10.
RETURN OF THE HOME RUN
Jayna Spivey hit her first home run since March 24 in the 7-1 win over Northern Iowa Saturday. Spivey led the team in home runs with 11 last season and is currently one behind team leader Allie VadeBoncouer with six this season.