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 →

Dawgs clip Skyhawks’ wings

SIU softball has found its way back into the win column after a dominant performance at home. The Salukis (25-20) played the University of Tennessee at Martin (23-24-1) in Carbondale Thursday night, scoring early and often to beat the Skyhawks 9-0 in ... 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.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

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 →
Junior pitcher
Katie Bertelsen
delivers a pitch
Tuesday during
the Salukis’ 9-1 win
against Murray
State University
at Charlotte West
Stadium. Bertelsen
allowed one run off
three hits in five
innings before the
game was called
for the mercy rule.
The Salukis travel
to SIU-Edwardsville
Wednesday to take
on the Cougars.
CHRIS ZOELLER
DAILY EGYPTIAN

Quality starts become routine for pitcher

Salukis’ softball pitching staff may have a new ace up their sleeve. Junior pitcher Katie Bertelsen has been a solid starter in the circle for the Salukis this season. In 16 starts, Katie Bertelsen is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA, but Bertelsen’s best performances ... Continue Reading →
Coach Kerri Blaylock, right, hits to outfielders during practice Feb. 4 at Garden Grove Event Center as senior
catcher Allie VadeBoncouer awaits the throw home. The Salukis won two and lost two during their first weekend
tournament in San Marcos, Texas. Blaylock said the team did well Saturday despite having to practice indoors for
several days and only get five hours of sleep before the second day of play.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki bats get hot in below freezing temps

Saluki Softball started the season off with two wins in four games receiving offensive boosts from some of the younger players on the team. Despite the unseasonably cold weather in San Marcos, Texas, the Salukis started the season hot with a strong performance ... Continue Reading →
Senior first baseman Taylor Orsburn fields a ground ball Tuesday during practice at Garden Grove Event Center. The Salukis softball team
was voted fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Orsburn and 13 fellow letter winners return this season for
the opener Friday at Texas State University’s Century Link Classic.
SARAH SCHNEIDER • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Softball begins season with congested schedule

The SIU softball team will start its journey to the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference tournament this weekend with five games in three days. SIU will start the season in the Century Link Classic hosted by Texas State University. The Salukis will play five ... Continue Reading →
Senior infielder Jayna Spivey walks back to position during practice Friday at Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale. The Salukis were picked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll. The team’s season begins Feb. 7 when they participate in the Century Link Classic in San Marcos, Texas.
ROBERT OLSON | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Senior looks to lead team with her bat

The Salukis were picked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll, but one senior captain will hope to lead this year’s softball team to an even higher finish. Jayna Spivey, a senior from Rosiclaire, starts at second base and is a key ... Continue Reading →

Moccia named athletic director of the year

  The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics named Southern Illinois University’s athletic director Mario Moccia one of four Under Armour athletic directors of the year. Moccia was chosen by the NACDA in the Football Championship ... Continue Reading →

Saluki Athletics pass APR tests

  Saluki fans can breathe a sigh of relief for the upcoming sports seasons. Every team passed the NCAA Academic Progress Rate testing, which allows teams to participate in post-season play. The NCAA requires teams to maintain a score of at least ... Continue Reading →

Salukis prepare for championship run

After a roller coaster regular season, the SIU softball team set their sights on the Missouri Valley Championship, a title the team has not won since 1991. The MVC Tournament opened today in Omaha, Neb. with the fifth-seeded Salukis (24-26, 12-10 MVC) ... Continue Reading →

Salukis drop final home game

Terrance Peacock Daily Egyptian   The Saluki softball team fell to in-state rival Illinois in an extra-innings affair during its last home game of the season at Charlotte West Stadium Wednesday. Patient at-bats led to the Salukis’ first run in ... Continue Reading →

SIU steals series sweep from Bradley

The SIU softball team gained ground in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with its three-game sweep of Bradley at Charlotte West Stadium. Weather was a factor in the Salukis’ (24-25, 12-10 MVC) weekend series as the teams rescheduled game two ... Continue Reading →

Grand slam lifts SIU past Purple Aces

The SIU softball team used a first-inning grand slam to beat Evansville 4-3 Tuesday and bring its conference record to 9-10 and avoid a season sweep by the Purple Aces. The Salukis (21-24, 9-10 Missouri Valley Conference) lit up Evansville ace pitcher ... Continue Reading →

Great defense fuels Salukis’ season turnaround

  After a shaky first half start to its season, the Southern Illinois softball team has come around and won nine of its last 16 games, including seven of the last nine in Valley play. Before the Salukis’ Wednesday doubleheader against Evansville, ... Continue Reading →
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