Daily Egyptian

Saluki softball delivers walk-off win against SEMO

By Ryan Demer, Sports Reporter

The Salukis defeated SEMO (19-12) in an extra-inning thriller, delivering a walk-off hit for a 2-1 victory.

Senior Savanna Dover toed the rubber for SIU, tossing 4.2 innings with only three hits and one run allowed. Dover also recorded four strikeouts.

The Salukis tallied six hits during the game compared to SEMO’s five in the pitcher’s duel.

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It was not until the fourth inning that the first run of the game to come across when freshman center fielder Jenny Jansen scored sophomore right fielder Susie Baranski on a single.

SEMO responded in the top of the fifth, scoring on a two-out solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.

After a couple of errors that put a runner in scoring position, junior Brianna Jones was sent to relieve Dover, getting out of the inning unharmed.

Jones continued to pitch the rest of the game, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. She allowed two hits and threw six strikeouts.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth for Southern to generate enough offense for the win, as sophomore catcher Katelyn Massa got the bats rolling with a one-out single.

Following multiple passed balls, SEMO intentionally loaded the bases in hopes of a double play.

However, senior third baseman Sydney Jones was up to bat and hit the walk-off single to score Massa.

The Salukis (20-12, 4-3 MVC) continue action this weekend for a series against MVC-rival Drake. The series is set for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday at Charlotte West Stadium.

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

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