April 10, 2011

Davis' RBI Single Gives Cougars Eight-Inning Victory

April 10, 2011

Box Score

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Whitney Davis picked up her second straight game-winning RBI Sunday as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball grabbed a 6-5 victory over Tennessee Tech at Cougar Field.

Davis, a left-handed hitting first baseman, smacked the first pitch into center field sending Taylor Tooley from second and into score in the bottom of the eighth inning. Davis also had a walk-off, bases-loaded walk to end Saturday's second game.

"She (Davis) wants to be the one to get the hit," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery. "I was happy for her. She did a nice job. She ripped it up the middle."

With the victory, SIUE improved to 18-21 overall and 10-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Tech fell to 15-18 and 6-11 in the OVC.

"We scratched and clawed until we got something. And we're very thankful for this win. It was big," said Montgomery.

SIUE hurler Lindsey Coleman also earned her second victory of the weekend in relief of starter Erika Taylor and reliever Ali Downing.

"She (Coleman) came in and shut them down. Lindsey did a nice job," said Montgomery.

Coleman pitched two full innings in relief. She did not allow a run or a hit against the Golden Eagles. Montgomery said that since the Cougars have not scoring a lot of runs, it's been even more difficult for her pitching staff.

"It's been a tough season for them. They've been up and down. There is a lot of pressure on them to win. I'm proud of the way they fought," she said.

SIUE opened up Sunday's scoring with two runs in the first inning. The Cougars took advantage of an infield error by the Golden Eagles as Kasey Schlafke sent a hard-hit ball to the fence in right field. That scored Rachel Coonrod and Tooley.

Tennessee Tech used the long ball twice on offense. Both hits tied the score. Chanelle Spalding hit a two-run homer in the top of the third over the fence in left-center. Callie Schmidt's home run in the fifth hit the foul pole in left field and would tie the score at that point 4-4.

The two teams exchanged runs late. Samantha Stanicek singled home Tooley in the bottom of the sixth. Chanelle Spalding would score on a wild pitch in the seventh which sent the game to extra innings.

Tooley, who reached base in all four plate appearances Sunday, drew a walk to open the eighth. After Schlafke sacrificed her to second with a bunt, Montgomery went to her bench for Laurie Siebert. The senior would keep the momentum as she would draw another walk off Tennessee Tech reliever Holly Thomas, 10-7. That led up to Davis' winning hit.

SIUE outhit the Golden Eagles 8-6. The Cougars now travel to Murray State Tuesday to close out the midweek series with the Racers. Game time is 3 p.m. in Murray, Ky.

"It's still a long season. We still have a lot of conference games left," said Montgomery. "There's a lot of parity. It's certainly huge to get another sweep at home."

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