Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Softball works out kinks

Junior infielder Kelsey Gonzalez fields a ground ball during practice at Charlotte West Stadium on Wednesday. Gonzalez, one of three captains this season, said the softball team is young and still learning the game. “We have a lot of people moving ... 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 →
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 →

Salukis split doubleheader with SLU

Saluki softball turned in a Jekyl and Hyde type performance in their first mid-week matchup of the season. The Salukis (13-12) traveled to Saint Louis University (14-11) Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Billikens. The Salukis came into the games ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs dominate Drake to turn season around

SIU scored 20 runs in three games at Charlotte West Stadium to begin to turn their season around. The Salukis came into the three-game series with a 10-12 record while Drake entered the weekend underachieving with 16 losses and just six wins. In game ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs duo dates back to childhood

Two teammates on the SIU softball team have each been Salukis for two years, but their days of playing together go back much further than Charlotte West Stadium. Junior pitcher Alyssa Wunderlich and sophomore shortstop Kelsey Gonzalez have played softball ... Continue Reading →

Saluki softball gets offensive boost from freshman

Saluki softball has gotten an offensive boost from an unsuspected source. Freshman Shaye Harre started the season off on a roll. Harre ranks in the top five players on the team in RBIs, hits, total bases and slugging percentage to name just a few of the ... Continue Reading →
Junior tennis player Natasha Tomishima returns a hit Friday during her doubles
match against Arkansas State University at Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale.
Tomishima and doubles partner Meagan Monaghan won their match against
Arkansas State senior Janie Nowland and junior Tamara Slijepcevic 8-7. The Salukis
will play Cleveland State University Saturday at home.

Saluki weekend wrap-up

SIU athletics were in action this weekend with 11 different events in six sports during a three-day period. Overall, the Salukis played well with a record of 10-2 in the weekend’s combined events. Men’s basketball: Dawgs finally control their own ... 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.

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 →
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