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Softball wins two, falls short against Jaguars

By Brandon Willingham
February 19, 2012
Filed under Softball, Sports

A sunny, 60-degree opening day of the Jacksonville State Invitational ended in two victories for the SIU softball team Friday, but the next two days ended in a loss and a cancelled game because of bad weather.The Salukis (4-2) totaled 17 hits, including four home runs Friday, and drew 10 walks in only 12 inn...

Salukis lose to Ball State on Bracketbuster weekend

By Joe Ragusa
February 19, 2012
Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Salukis let Ball State run away early Saturday.SIU (8-20) lost 71-62 against Ball State (13-12) Saturday in Muncie, Ind., in the annual BracketBusters game. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead with a 24-2 run in the first half that included five 3-pointers.Ball State connected on 10-of-20 from...

Baseball takes 2-of-3 from North Florida

By Joe Ragusa
February 19, 2012
Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Saluki baseball team lost the first game of the season Friday but came back to take the final two games of its weekend series against North Florida.SIU fell 7-4 in the first game. North Florida took a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Salukis came back to tie with a three-run top of the fifth. ...

Saluki women grab third in MVC swimming and diving championships

Saluki women grab third in MVC swimming and diving championships

By Caleb Motsinger
February 19, 2012
Filed under Sports, Swimming

The resonant sound of cheering fans and the shrill ring of cowbells echoed throughout the Edward J. Shea Natatorium for three days during the Missouri Valley Conference women's swimming and diving championships.Host SIU and the other four teams that make up the MVC — Missouri State University, Illinois State ...

A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

By Caleb Motsinger
February 16, 2012
Filed under Sports

The sky seemed bigger at Lusk Creek Canyon as I stood atop one of the sandstone cliffs, patiently carved through time by the creek as it meandered into the Ohio River.The Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness Area, located in Pope County, is only an hour southeast of SIUC's campus. The hike from the road is a ...

Season starts Friday for Saluki baseball

Season starts Friday for Saluki baseball

By Joe Ragusa
February 16, 2012
Filed under Baseball, Sports

The SIU baseball team hasn't made it to the NCAA regional tournament since 1990, before several players on the team were even born. But coach Ken Henderson says he's prepared his team to change that."I told our kids there's no reason that this can't be the team. It's been 22 years; it's going to happen...

Women’s golf coach signs new additions to team

By Brandon Willingham
February 15, 2012
Filed under Golf, Sports

Women’s golf coach Alexis Mihelich was hired in August, and she said it made recruiting for the 2012-2013 season difficult.“Mostly, all of the really top, best regional players were already verbally committed,” Mihelich said. “So I just had to be really selective in making sure that the ones that weren't...

Women’s Missouri Valley Conference Championships returns to Carbondale

Women’s Missouri Valley Conference Championships returns to Carbondale

By Caleb Motsinger
February 15, 2012
Filed under Sports, Swimming

The Saluki women's swimming and diving team will defend its home turf once again as competing teams begin to flood Carbondale for three days.SIU will host five MVC women's swimming and diving teams in preliminary rounds at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium beginning 11 a.m. today through Saturday, with the final...

Winter weather no match for Pamela Benitez

Winter weather no match for Pamela Benitez

By Caleb Motsinger
February 14, 2012
Filed under Sports, Swimming

Dedication and work ethic can take a college athlete far in their career, and for freshman swimmer Pamela Benitez, it has taken her 2,500 miles away from her home in El Salvador.Benitez said the geographic transition has been a new experience for her. With the recent drop in Carbondale's temperature, ...

Creighton rolls over the Salukis

Creighton rolls over the Salukis

By Joe Ragusa
February 14, 2012
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Creighton overcame a slow start Tuesday against the Salukis and put up record numbers in the process.The Bluejays beat SIU 88-69 Tuesday at the SIU Arena, setting a Missouri Valley Conference-record of  77.5 percent shooting from the field.“They got away from us and we panicked,” said coach Chr...

Creighton shows signs of weakness before match-up against Salukis

By Joe Ragusa
February 13, 2012
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Creighton was on top of the world after its 102-74 demolition of Illinois State Feb. 1. The Bluejays were at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 11-1, they were the only nationally ranked team in the Valley, and they already dismissed their only real competition for the Valley titl...

Swan, Drinkard leg injuries could bench for season

Swan, Drinkard leg injuries could bench for season

By Joe Ragusa
February 13, 2012
Filed under Basketball, Sports

The season could be over for two Saluki basketball players.Sophomore forward Davante Drinkard is suffering from a stress fracture in his foot while freshman guard Josh Swan has shin splints.Neither player has played since Jan. 24, and coach Chris Lowery said the coaching staff won't rush them back on...

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