By Matthew Schneider
On Saturday the Salukis looked to pick up a win after losing to Wichita State on Monday. The would take on the Evansville Purple Aces. Evansville is last place in the Missouri Valley Conference and is 0-8 in MVC play. SIU is 6-2 in the Valley. SIU hadn’t lost to Evansville at home since Nov. 10, 2006. Their lost loss to Evansville was a 3-0 defeat on Nov. 28, 2011 in Evansville.
The first set the Salukis had no trouble winning easily 25-14. Abby Barrow led the way with five kills. Meg Viggars and Hannah Kaminsky led the wat with six assists each. The Purple Aces came out of the gate slow and they were never able to get back into the opening set. Joselyn Coronel, Cathy Schreiber, and Mildrelis Rodriguez each had three kills. Jelena Merseli led the Purple Aces with six assists.
The second set was a lot closer for Evansville, but the Salukis still won the set 25-23. The Salukis had a total of 24 kills in the second set and were led by Barrow with six kills. Meg Viggars and Alex Rosignol each contributed with four kills each. Meg Viggars also led the team with eleven assists in the second set and Hannah Kaminsky contributed ten assists as well. Mildrelis Rodriguez led Evansville with seven kills. Cathy Schreiber added six kills in what was the best set played by the Purple Aces.
The third set was mostly dominated by Southern Illinois 25-18. Meg Viggars and Abby Barrow had another good set and Alex Rosignol came alive in the second set.
Southern Illinois won the match in straight sets and improved to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in the MVC. Evansville fell to 4-18 and is still without a win in the MVC at 0-9. Abby Barrow had a great game by leading the team in kills. Hannah Kaminsky added two aces and Viggars added another for a solid game from SIU. Rodriguez tried everything she could to try and keep Evansville relevant in the match, but it was no match against the second best team in the Missouri Valley.
Evansville will travel to Northern Iowa and Drake for back-to back matches on October 21st and 22nd before heading home to Bradley on the 28th. SIU will to Drake and then Northern Iowa for back-to-back matches on October 21st and 22nd. They will return home to face Loyola and Bradley for back-to-back matches on the 28th and 29th.both those games will be at Davies Gym and will start at 7 o’clock. You can also listen to those on WIDB.net The Revolution.
By Patrick Codo
The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team is 6-1 on the fall season. They are coming off a 8-0 win over the Rend Lake Warriors. Both pitchers Savanna Dover and Hannah Poynter had over 100 pitches which totaled for over 200 pitches in the game but both teams with different directions with that momentum. In the 6th inning the Warriors had most of their batters on base. Most of the Saluki scoring came in the fourth and fifth inning.
Sydney Jones hit a single to bring in Maddy Vermejann to make it 1-0 Salukis. Then Sydney Decker hit double that brought in Jones to make it 2-0 Salukis. Jessa Thomas had a sacrifice fly in the that brought in Decker for the Saluki 3-0 lead
In the fifth had themselves a rally with a bunch of scoring runs. Susie Baranski had a solo home run to give the salukis a 4-0 lead. Then came a rally of errors by the Warriors. With Maddy Vermejan and Merri Patterson on base Hannah Poynter threw a wild pitch and the Warrior defense collapsed with a bunch of errors and allowed 3 runs to score to give the Salukis a 7-0 lead.
Savanna Dover played a really good game as she only allowed 6 runners on base. 3 of them hits and 3 of them walks. The fielding was able to keep the shutout as the Salukis ended the 6th inning with a double play. Dover’s pitching performance was enough for the Salukis to get the 8-0 victory.
The Salukis will rap of their fall ball season with St. Louis later today.
By Patrick Codo
The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team has finished its fall play season with a win over St. Louis 5-1 which puts them at a 7-1 finish on the fall season.
Brianna Jones and Maddie Baalman both went at it as both defenses were in a battle throughout the game. The Salukis were able to get their first 2 runs by Brittany Turners scoring on a dead ball and there was a controversy ball 4 call that brought in Savanna Fisher.
In the 4th inning Mackenzie Peter hits a solo to get the first score for the Billikens but were still trailing 2-1 to the Salukis. Both the pitching for St. Louis and Southern Illinois were in a struggle so after 4 there was a pitching change for both teams. For the Billikens they brought in Kallen Loveless and for Southern Illinois. Both teams made the change in the 5th inning.
There really wasn’t a lot of hits for both team just mostly walks but St. Louis got its first hit in the in the 3rd inning with a Emma Buckles double and for the Salukis a Sydney Jones single. Maddy Vermejan was able to bring Susie Baranski to make it 3-1 dawgs. Then Merri Patterson was able to double that by bringing in Maddy Vermejan and Eyrykia Brandenburg to give the Salukis a safe 5-1 lead. In the 7th the Salukis were able to put away the Billikens with some strikeouts and fly outs.
The Salukis should have a good few months before they get back into action come late February early March.
By Patrick Codo
The Southern Illinois Saluki football team played host to the Murray State Racers on family weekend. So the Dawgs wanted to give all the families a good game. Well they did just that by destroying the Racers 50-17 to put them at a record of 2-1. It was also the 6th annual blackout cancer game as all of the players showed their support of cancer.
Freshman D.J. Davis started things off by returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for the first touchdown of the game and the Saluki’s rolled from there. Although D.J. knew this win was not just for him, it was also for his family and especially his Aunt Lisa, who was shot and killed last week. He thanked his blockers and coaches and dedicated this return to his aunt. Here’s what Davis said about the return. Davis stated “We’ve been practicing that all week, “I just said to myself, ‘If they kick it to us, we need to take it to the house.” That is exactly what Davis did and the Saluki’s have been rolling from there.
The team was able to click on all cylinders. Josh Straughan threw for 289 and 4 touchdowns. Those 4 touchdowns were the most since Mark Ionnatti threw 4 touchdowns against the Indiana Hoosiers in September of 2015. That ties Starughan for third in most passing touchdowns in a single game in SIU history and marks the 18th time a saluki quarterback has thrown 4 touchdowns or more in a single contest. The Saluki’s were able to build up a 24-10 lead after the first quarter, and had a 38-10 lead at halftime. The running game for the Saluki’s was on point as Daquan Isom ran for over 100 yards and Cameron Walter was able to shut the door for the Saluki’s by having a 50-yard touchdown run give the Saluki’s a safe 50-17 lead. The defense was playing lockdown on the Racers all night. Chase Allen had ten tackles which tied him with Tom Anderson for 17th on the Salukis all-time list with 276 tackles.
For the Racers it was a down night, even though the offense did look pretty average, they still could not find their swagger as this loss drops them to 0-3 on the season.
The Saluki’s will have a bye week this week, but they will start Missouri Valley Conference play the following week at Northern Iowa on October 1st 2016 at 4pm and the Racers will open up Ohio Valley Conference play by hosting South East Missouri State next Saturday September 24th at 6pm.