Softball Comes Back to Beat SIU Edwardsville, 4-3, in Extra Innings
May 12, 2011
By Jeff Honza
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Fifth-seeded Southeast Missouri (28-28) scored four times in the final three innings to overcome a three-run deficit and beat fourth-seeded SIU Edwardsville, 4-3, in eight innings Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
"It's a good start and it always feels great anytime you stay in the winner's bracket," said Southeast head coach Lana Richmond. "It was a total team effort today."
Southeast advances to face top-seed, OVC regular-season champion and tournament host Eastern Illinois at 5:30 p.m., CT, tonight.
The Redhawks trailed, 3-0, after five innings before mounting their comeback.
Southeast managed to pull to within a run in the sixth inning, where Evan Sallis led off with a single to left and advanced to second when Nicole Troncoso was hit by a pitch. Carmen Fowler reached on a fielder's choice and went to second on an error. Sallis scored on the play. Fowler later touched home on a wild pitch to slice the Cougars lead to 3-2.
The Redhawks then sent the game to extra innings when they tied things up with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Kaitlin Wallace ignited the rally with a single to left and Shelby Stein followed with a big pinch-hit single to center. Moments after Alene Bethel struck out, Sallis knocked in Wallace on an infield hit. Sallis avoided Rachel Coonrod's tag on a close play at first base.
Deadlocked at 3-3, Southeast loaded the bases to set up its dramatic finish in the eighth.
Fowler belted a leadoff single to left and went to second on Shelby Kuryllo's one-out base hit to right. Taylor Cowan kept the rally going with a single to center. Wallace then worked the count to 3-1 against SIUE starting pitcher Erika Taylor before drawing a bases loaded walk to bring home Cowan for the 4-3 win.
"I thought we were swinging at pitches out of the strikezone early on," said Richmond. "We took a different approach down the stretch and I was proud of our discipline. Our speed was also effective and we were able to use it to our advantage."
Second-Team All-OVC pitcher Alora Marble (16-7) earned the win. Marble struck out four and walked one in her 10th complete game of the season. She also gave up seven hits and three runs.
Taylor (21-16) suffered the loss for SIUE. She scattered 11 hits and allowed four runs in eight innings. Taylor struck out eight and walked one, as well.
The Redhawks outhit the Cougars, 11-7. Sallis (3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Kuryllo (2-for-4) and Wallace (2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 BB) each had multiple hits to lead the way.
Megan Murphy and Coonrod led SIUE with two hits apiece.
In addition, Taylor Tooley gave the Cougars their early 3-0 lead when her three-run home run cleared the left field wall in the bottom of the third inning.
Southeast beat SIUE for the third time in four meetings this season.