Softball benefits from spring weather during winter workouts

SIU softball got dirt on its cleats Monday afternoon while practicing outside, thanks to warm January temperatures. The Salukis’ season is only three weeks away and senior pitcher Katie Bertelsen is happy to practice outside comfortably. When the weather ... Continue Reading →

Softball Stadium gets new look

Since SIU’s softball stadium’s construction in 2003, the outfield wall was nothing more than a chain-link fence with advertisements and pennants for the Salukis’ Missouri Valley Conference titles attached to it. That was until mid-November, ... Continue Reading →

Saluki softball inks five players for 2015-16

SIU softball has reloaded for the 2015-16 season in several key positions. The Salukis signed five players Wednesday—two pitchers, two outfielders and a third baseman. Coach Kerri Blaylock said her five signings will fill the void left by five seniors ... Continue Reading →

Fall scrimmages end with sweep

SIU softball pulled out back-to-back victories at home in its final games until next semester. The Salukis beat Lakeland College and Southeast Missouri on Sunday to finish the fall season 6-2. Coach Kerri Blaylock said she is pleased with how her team ... Continue Reading →
Senior infielder Jayna Spivey is congratulated by her teammates Saturday during the Salukis' 6-2 win against Indiana State University at Charlotte West Stadium. Head coach Kerri Blaylock challenged the team to get louder in the dugout after the team’s 5-1 loss at Bradley April 12. “It felt like we came to a turning point after we lost the first game at Bradley to where we were flat and unenergetic,” Blaylock said. Since the challenge, SIU has posted an 11-5 record. The Salukis open the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday in Normal.  —Lewis Marien | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Recent success stems from bench players

Salukis respond to coach’s challenge Saluki softball has been on a roll lately, and a large part of the recent success is coming from the players on its bench. Since the series opener against Bradley University April 12, the Salukis (28-23, 15-11) ... Continue Reading →

Salukis start tourney today

Saluki softball has not won a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament since 1991, but that could change this weekend. SIU (28-23, 15-11) will open the 2014 MVC tournament today, and with three straight wins can clinch a birth in the NCAA regionals. Coach ... Continue Reading →
Freshman pitcher Shaye Harre gets tagged out at home plate Saturday during game one of a doubleheader against Indiana State University at Charlotte West Stadium. The Salukis split the doubleheader, which ensured the team a first-round bye in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday through Saturday at Illinois State University.

Sycamores stun Salukis with series win

SIU softball played in its final weekend series of the year: a series that had major postseason implications for both teams. Indiana State University took the series win two games to one, spurred on by strong Sycamore pitching and lackluster performances ... Continue Reading →

Salukis shock Wichita State

Saluki softball continued its stretch of late-season victories with a series win over the first place team in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis (27-21, 14-9) traveled to Wichita State University (31-20, 18-6) for a three-game set where the Dawgs ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore Lacey Newbold slides into home during the Salukis’ 6-2 win against Loyola University Friday at Rochman Field. The Salukis swept Loyola in the three game series this weekend but lost to Evansville to end their seven-game winning streak.

Evansville beats SIU with long ball

The Salukis traveled to Indiana Tuesday in search of their ninth straight win, but fell short and had their first loss since April 12. SIU played one game against Evansville University where the Aces had the bats going and downed the Dawgs 4-2 to avoid ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore Lacey Newbold slides into home Saturday during the Salukis’ 6-2 win against Loyola University at
Charlotte West Stadium. Newbold was called safe in the play. SIU swept the three-game series, bringing the team’s
record to 24-19 and 12-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

SIU sweeps aside Loyola Ramblers

SIU softball extended its season-high winning streak to seven games with a sweep of Missouri Valley Conference newcomer Loyola University. The Dawgs (24-19, 12-7) won all three games this weekend against the Ramblers (16-27, 7-12) thanks to strong pitching ... Continue Reading →
Senior infielder Jayna Spivey tags out Evansville junior Victoria Dellorto Wednesday during the Salukis’ 12-4 win against the University of Evansville at Charlotte West Stadium. SIU swept the doubleheader series against the Purple Aces, bringing the team’s record to 21-19 overall and 9-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis begin a three-game series Friday against the Loyola University Ramblers at Charlotte West Stadium.

SIU on four-game winning streak

The Salukis pulled off a sweep in Wednesday’s double-header against the Purple Aces of Evansville University, scoring 21 runs in two games. SIU (21-19, 9-7) carried over its momentum from the series against Bradley University during the weekend to ... Continue Reading →
Senior catcher Allie VadeBoncouer squeezes a pitch from senior reliever Taylor Orsburn Wednesday during the Salukis’ 7-6 loss to Eastern Illinois University at Charlotte West Stadium. Freshman pitcher Shaye Harre started a seventh inning rally with a solo home run but the Salukis ultimately fell short of a comeback. SIU will travel to Peoria Saturday for a weekend series against Bradley University.

Salukis fall short against Panthers

In a game where the Dawgs left eight runners on base, the team fell just short against a quality Ohio Valley Conference opponent. Eastern Illinois University (27-11) traveled to Charlotte West Stadium for a midweek matchup against the Saluki softball ... Continue Reading →
Senior infielder Jayna Spivey was honored with her first Missouri Valley Conference softball Player of
the Week title Monday. Spivey set the school RBI record at 141 and is eighth in MVC history. She has
also led the SIU offense in doubles per game this season.

Power outweighs patience in softball

One of my favorite moments in the history of sports took place on a softball field, but it certainly was not my performance in a home run derby.  April 26, 2008. Western Oregon University played Central Washington University. WOU’s senior right fielder ... Continue Reading →

Junior put in place to lead Saluki softball

A familiar face will be the first to the plate in the Saluki lineup. Junior center fielder Kalyn Harker is hitting the ball well as of late, so well Coach Kerri Blaylock moved her to the top of the order. Harker said being a leadoff hitter comes naturally ... Continue Reading →

Racers call for mercy against Dawgs

After five games away from Charlotte West Stadium, SIU scored early and often to send Murray State University back to the commonwealth early. The Salukis scored seven runs in the third inning and also had their first grand slam of the year to beat the ... Continue Reading →
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