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SIU softball

Saluki Media Relations
Posted on 4/30/2019, 9:47 PM

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- The Southern Illinois University softball team completed a three-game sweep of the Northern Iowa Panthers Sunday with a 7-5, eight inning win in the series finale.

The series sweep of the Panthers is just the third three-game sweep at UNI in program history.

The win Sunday also capped off an impressive 10-game road swing for the Salukis. Southern, who hasn't played at home since April 6, went 8-2 during the stretch with both losses coming by just one run.

It was a total team effort for the Salukis, who pounded out 12 hits, including two home runs, to record double-digit hits for the sixth-straight game. Southern seemed to conjure up two-out lightning whenever it needed to Sunday, as all seven of SIU's runs were scored with two-outs.

In the circle, all three of SIU's pitchers, Brianna Jones, Claire Miller and Holly Marousek threw on Sunday. Marousek made her sixth start of the season and went three and one third innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits. Miler came on in relief of Marousek. She threw an inning and two thirds and gave up three earned runs on two hits before turning the ball over to Jones. Southern's ace didn't allow an earned run and surrendered just three hits in her three and a third innings of work to improve to 21-7 on the season.

The Salukis return to Charlotte West Stadium on Wednesday, May 1 for their final midweek game of the season against SIUE. Southern will close out the 2019 regular season when it hosts Bradley for a weekend series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4.