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Softball departs SEMO with W

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Sophomore pitcher Nicole Doyle (right) congratulates sophomore pitcher Brianna Jones (left) after completing an inning on Saturday, March 25, 2017, during SIU's 1-0 victory over Drake at Charlotte West Stadium. (Sean Carley | @SeanMCarley)

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Doyle (right) congratulates sophomore pitcher Brianna Jones (left) after completing an inning on Saturday, March 25, 2017, during SIU's 1-0 victory over Drake at Charlotte West Stadium. (Sean Carley | @SeanMCarley)

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Doyle (right) congratulates sophomore pitcher Brianna Jones (left) after completing an inning on Saturday, March 25, 2017, during SIU's 1-0 victory over Drake at Charlotte West Stadium. (Sean Carley | @SeanMCarley)

By Gabriella Scibetta

Southern (21-18) picked up a win against Southeast Missouri State University (17-19) in a midweek matchup, 3-1.

A slow start for both teams gave pitchers the opportunity to get adjusted to each lineup.

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Doyle was on the mound for the Salukis and allowed the two hits for SEMO early on in the game.

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Sarah Massex singled off a fielding error by junior Savannah Fisher, scoring freshman Ashley Ellis to bring SEMO in the lead with one run in the bottom of the second.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Salukis took the lead after junior Haley Andrus started off the rally to load the bases and earn two runs for the Salukis.

Sophomore Eyrika Brandenburg singled to right center field to advance freshman Bailee Pulley home followed by senior Shaye Harre’s single sent to center field that brought Fisher home for SIU’s second point.

At the top  of the sixth, the Salukis advanced one more run because of an error, and freshman Maddy Vermejan brought home and entered the seventh inning, 3-1 after a single from Fisher.

Doyle held down the hit count for SEMO and finished her outing with a win and seven strikeouts during her six innings pitched.

The Salukis head north to face Loyola University Chicago this weekend. First pitch is at noon Friday.

Sports reporter Gabriella Scibetta can be reached at gscibetta@dailyegyptian.com or on Twitter @gscibetta_DE.

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