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Southern Illinois5240X11100
Win: Hockerman (5-1) 5.010068
Loss: Seib (2-8) 2.057211
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 201010
Austin (SIU) 332000
Jones (SIU) 312000
Lee (SIU) 312300

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Southern Illinois5430X12140
Win: Stinson (8-1) 5.010003
Loss: Kowalski (1-8) 1.177732
Rodas (VALPO) 201000
Austin (SIU) 413100
Lis (SIU) 333503
Beacons Drop Pair at SIU to Open MVC Play
Friday, March 17, 2023
Beacons Drop Pair at SIU to Open MVC Play

The Valpo softball team opened up the Missouri Valley Conference schedule on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader at Southern Illinois, falling to the host Salukis by scores of 11-0 and 12-0.

How It Happened – Game One

  • Southern Illinois opened the scoring with five runs in the first and added two more in the second.
  • The Beacons got a pair of runners in scoring position in the third, as their first two batters of the inning reached via walk and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. But back-to-back strikeouts kept Valpo from putting any runs on the board.
  • SIU capped the scoring with four runs in the third.
  • Senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) knocked a base hit into the left-center gap with two outs in the fifth for Valpo’s first hit of the game.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • SIU scored five runs in the first to go ahead for good.
  • The Salukis added three runs apiece in the second and third innings.
  • Freshman Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) dropped a single down the right-field line to open the fifth inning for the Beacons’ first baserunner.

Inside the Games

  • Friday’s twinbill came against a Southern Illinois team which entered the weekend with the MVC’s best record at 19-3.
  • The Valpo offense drew a season-high six walks in the opener, led by two from Rodas.
  • Kehlenbrink reached twice in the opener as well, as she drew a walk in addition to her single.
  • Sophomore Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) threw three innings over the two games, two of which were shutout frames.

Next Up

Valpo (3-17, 0-2 MVC) is scheduled to conclude its three-game set at SIU on Sunday. Game time was originally set for noon, but could move later if the temperature hasn’t warmed up enough by scheduled game time.