Salukis Top Cougars 4-1
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE softball stranded 12 runners on base Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to SIU Carbondale at Cougar Field.
SIUE left the bases loaded in the first when it had early momentum and again in the seventh with the game one the line. The Cougars, 11-20, collected 11 hits but didn't get the breakout hit as did the Salukis.
SIU Carbondale improved to 18-8 behind one big inning. The Salukis scored four runs in the second inning. Three came on a home run to left field by SIU Carbondale's Michelle Bradley, her first of the season.
SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery was pleased with Cougar hurler Amanda Lambrecht's effort.
"Amanda Lambrecht threw very well. She made one mistake in a tough situation. We had a few miscues before that, and we've talked to the team about them," she said. Lambrecht struck out seven and walked two.
SIUE's offense knocked out SIU Carbondale starter Alyssa Wunderlich in the fourth inning despite not allowing a run. Katie Bertelsen finished the game and was credited with the win for the Salukis.
The Cougars avoided the shutout in the sixth when Whitney Davis singled home Taylor Tooley. SIUE left a runner on base in every inning except the fifth when Chelsea Yankolovich was doubled off first base after a line drive by Alex McDavid.
"We have to come up with timely hitting. We're just going to keep plugging away until we get it right," said Montgomery.
SIUE hopes to rebound for the rubber game of the three-game Ohio Valley Conference series with Eastern Illinois. SIUE will play host to the Panthers for a 4 p.m. game Thursday at Cougar Field. The teams split their first two games earlier this season in Charleston.
"I'm not going to make any excuses. We have to get the job done. I still believe in my team. We're talented. We played well. We just don't seem to get all of the phases of the game done at the same time," Montgomery said.