CARBONDALE, IL (WFIE) - Halie Fain and Haley Woolf combined to go a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate in Friday night’s series opener as the University of Evansville softball team dropped a 6-3 decision to Southern Illinois.
Fain had an efficient 3-for-3 game with an RBI while Woolf was 2-2 with a run scored. Katie McLean went 1-2 on the night while Allison Dagget was 2-3. Both scored a run. Izzy Vetter was the UE (12-20, 2-7 MVC) starter, allowing six runs on six hits in four innings of work. Emily Lockhart tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit.
Southern Illinois (21-9, 6-3 MVC) saw Ashley Wood go 1-3 with her seventh home run of the season and three RBI. Brianna Jones got the win for SIU, throwing a complete game.
Following a scoreless first inning, it was SIU getting on the board first in the bottom of the second. Evansville got the run back in the third when Daggett led off with a single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mackenzie McFeron before coming home on a Fain single.
SIU responded with a 4-run bottom of the inning, capped off by the 3-run homer by Wood. UE got one of the runs back in the fourth when a McLean single plated Woolf, who hit a leadoff double. The sixth Saluki run of the night came home on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth before UE finished the scoring in the seventh when a McFeron groundout scored McLean.
Tomorrow, the squads meet up for a noon doubleheader in Carbondale.