May 02, 202112345RHE
Southern Illinois0206X890
Win: Harness (19-4) 5.030006
Loss: Kowalski (4-14) 3.055503
Westphal (VALPO) 201000
Hecker (VALPO) 201000
Moeder (VALPO) 201000
Jansen (SIU) 312000
Boelens (SIU) 222000
Huckleberry (SIU) 222502
Softball Falls in Series Finale at SIU
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Softball Falls in Series Finale at SIU
Jaina Westphal picked up a base hit and stole a base Sunday. (Will Becque)

The Valpo softball team closed out the road portion of its 2021 regular season schedule on Sunday in Carbondale, Ill., falling 8-0 to host Southern Illinois.

How It Happened

  • Valpo threatened in the top of the first inning, as junior Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) led off the game with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third with two outs before being stranded after a strikeout.
  • SIU took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer from Elisabeth Huckleberry.
  • The Salukis then scored their final six runs in the bottom of the fourth, including Huckleberry’s second homer of the game, a three-run round-tripper.

Inside the Game

  • Junior Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) went 1-for-2 at the plate Sunday to close out a weekend in which she went 5-for-8.
  • Freshman Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) also picked up a base hit in the series finale in addition to Westphal’s base knock, while junior Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) reached via a hit by pitch.

Next Up

Valpo kicks off its final series of the regular season at the Valpo Softball Complex on Friday afternoon as it takes on Illinois State. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.