Three Salukis Earn All-Conference Recognition

    Jayna Spivey earned her fourth All-MVC honor and third first-team selection.

    Jayna Spivey earned her fourth All-MVC honor and third first-team selection.
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    May 7, 2014

    MVC Release

    NORMAL, Ill. - Three SIU softball players were named All-Conference selections at tonight's MVC Awards Banquet. Jayna Spivey was named a first-team All-Conference honoree, and Shaye Harre and Katie Bertelsen were second-team selections.

    Spivey earned All-MVC laurels for the fourth time in her career and earned first-team honors for the third time. Spivey became the third player in SIU history and 15th in MVC history to earn All-Conference honors in each of her four years, joining Amy Harre and Shelly Gibbs. She is the seventh player in school history to earn first-team honors three times in a career, joining Harre, Gibbs, Carisa Winters, Cassidy Scoggins, Erin Stremsterfer and Jamie Schuttek.

    She led the league and ranked 19th nationally in doubles this year with 17, breaking an SIU single-season record along the way. She also broke SIU's career RBI record and ranks fifth in MVC history in career RBIs with 147. This year, she ranks in the top-10 in the Valley in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.560), on-base percentage (.456), runs scored (36), hits (55), RBIs (36), doubles (17), total bases (89) and walks (31). Spivey's career numbers place her in the top-10 at SIU all-time in hits, at-bats, runs scored, doubles, home runs and RBIs.

    Freshman Shaye Harre put together one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in school history. The Nashville, Ill., native ranked in the top-10 in the MVC in slugging percentage (.555), on-base percentage (.462), RBIs (43), doubles (13) and walks (30). Her 43 RBIs this year rank second among freshmen in school history, trailing only teammate Taylor Orsburn's 49 RBIs in 2011. Harre raised her game even further in MVC play, hitting .368 wth seven doubles and 18 RBIs in conference play.



    Pitcher Katie Bertelsen emerged as SIU's staff ace early in the season and has won 14 games for the Salukis this year. She posted a 3.63 ERA in 181.1 innings and has pitched 19 complete games this year, including two complete-game shutouts. Her MVC ERA is even better at 3.19 and she ranks in the top-10 in the conference in ERA, opposing batting average, innings pitched, wins, appearances and starts in conference games.

    The Salukis begin the MVC Tournament on Thursday, May 8, at 6:35 p.m. CST in Marion Kneer Stadium in Normal, Ill. Drake faces Loyola at 1:35 p.m., and the winner of that game advances to play the Salukis later that evening in the single-elimination tournament.