Saluki softball shuts down SLU

By Ryan Demer, Sports Reporter

Saluki softball (17-10) dominated the Saint Louis Billikens (13-12) in St. Louis on Wednesday, 9-2.

Senior Savanna Dover took the rubber for SIU and tossed five innings of four-hit and one-run softball.

Southern got on the board early in the first due to errors by SLU, one a wild pitch that scored sophomore right fielder Susie Baranski. A throwing error then brought sophomore catcher Katelyn Massa in and put SIU up 2-0.


Freshman center fielder Jenny Jansen followed with a two-run home run in the third inning. Shen then, in the fifth, blasted a solo homer, her sixth of the season and second of the game for a 5-0 advantage.

In the sixth, Massa corked a bases-clearing single and increased the lead to 8-0. Mass then scored on an RBI single from Jansen.
Jansen batted 3-3 during the game with 4 RBI while Massa was 2-3 with 3 RBI.

Junior Brianna Jones was sent to relieve Dover in the sixth and after she allowed a couple of RBI singles, retired three consecutive batters.

Jones followed with a scoreless seventh inning that sealed the victory for the Salukis.

The Salukis play a doubleheader Saturday at Charlotte West Stadium against Illinois State. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. while the second game will begin shortly after the completion of the first.

Sports writer Ryan Demer can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @RyanDemer_DE 

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