SIU drops three in Florida

Despite dropping below .500 after this weekend’s set of five games, the Salukis were still able to get production from key members of the team at the University of North Florida Osprey Invitational, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Salukis started Friday’s ... 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 →
SIU softball assistant coach Buddy Foster, of Murphysboro, hits balls to outfielders Wednesday during the team’s defensive practice at Charlotte West Stadium. Foster, who was head coach Kerri Blaylock’s assistant from 1999 to 2005, returns to SIU after coaching stints at Bradley University, the University of Kansas and SIU-Edwardsville. Foster’s responsibilities will include recruitment and assisting with pitching and hitting.
John Scott | THE WEEKENDER

Foster returns to Saluki softball

As a former SIU coach who has coached multiple schools and spent a countless amount of time on the field, Buddy Foster is being welcomed back to SIU as assistant coach. From 1999-2005 Foster stood alongside head coach Kerri Blaylock, who has been at the ... Continue Reading →
Senior catcher Allie VadeBoncouer tags out Southeast Missouri State’s pitcher Whitney Dupuis at home plate Sunday during the game
at Charlotte West Stadium. VadeBoncouer’s effort to protect the plate was not enough to hold off the Redhawks, and the Salukis fell 7-4
for their only loss over the three-game weekend. SIU defeated Saint Louis University 4-3 and John A. Logan College 10-2 before losing
to SEMO.
TIFFANY BLANCHETTE | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Tune-ups prepare Salukis for spring

The SIU softball team took over Charlotte West Stadium last weekend as they continue to prepare themselves for the spring season. Last year the Salukis completed their season with a home record of 14-8 and an overall seasonal record of 25-27. This year, ... 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 →

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 →

Salukis lose ground during pivotal games

SIU’s softball team traveled to Creighton for a crucial conference series and left with a loss in two of three games to drop SIU further in conference standings. Before the matchup, the Salukis (20-24, 8-10 Missouri Valley Conference) faced Evansville ... 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 →

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, they ... Continue Reading →

Saluki softball picks up pace

After starting the conference season 0-4, the Saluki softball team has won seven of their last nine conference games to inch closer to first place in the Missouri Valley with three weeks left in the regular season. The Salukis (19-20, 7-6 MVC) have won ... Continue Reading →

Salukis claim second-straight MVC series

  The Salukis scored a combined 15 runs in the final innings of all three weekend games to claim a series win against Wichita State University. SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said series win was key to kickstart another good weekend. “If you win ... Continue Reading →

Cougars bite Salukis during extra innings

The Saluki softball team rallied late in its matchup against SIU-E, but a two-run homerun in the 12th inning proved to be the deciding factor in a 6-4 loss Tuesday at Charlotte West Stadium. The Salukis (14-17) fell behind early in the first inning when ... Continue Reading →
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