05/09/2014 11:42 AM
GONZALEZ: SIU'S HOTTEST HITTER
Kelsey Gonzalez has been Southern's hottest hitter over the past few weeks, raising her season batting average to .336, which is second on the team. Gonzalez is second on the team with 11 multi-hit games. She has hit safely in 21 of the last 29 games and reached base in 24 of those 29 games, raising her batting average nearly 75 points from .262 to .336. In that 29-game stretch, Gonzalez has a team-best .377 batting average to go along with a .435 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage.
Gonzalez's turnaround is remarkable considering she hit just .210 as a freshman in 2013 while starting all 52 games. She hit just one home run as a freshman, too, but she is up to three this year. Her most recent homer was a three-run blast that started SIU's 9-0, five-inning rout of UT-Martin. She has nearly doubled her slugging percentage from her freshman year; after slugging .261 last year, she's up to .466 this year.
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SIU STARTS FAST IN 9-0 RUN-RULE WIN OVER UT-MARTIN
SIU (25-20) came into the game having trailed in seven of its last eight games, but Kelsey Gonzalez made sure early the Southern wouldn't be starting slow today. With two on and two outs in the first inning, Gonzalez hit a monster shot over the left field fence. Her hit ignited a massive two-out rally, with Southern sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs in the first inning alone. All of the runs came with two outs.
"It's always good to get an early jump like that, especially six runs," Gonzalez said. "Then we came back in the second inning and put more runs on them and really put the game away. We've been playing good defense recently, and great pitching by Taylor (Orsburn) kept them with no runs."
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GONZALEZ EARNS MVC HONORS
Kelsey Gonzalez slugged .933 on a huge week in which the Salukis took two of three games from league-leader Wichita State. She hit two doubles and two home runs on her way to six RBIs and 14 total bases. She also walked three times for an even .500 on-base percentage and struck out just once in 18 plate appearances. She posted a 3-for-3 day with three RBIs and four runs scored in SIU's 10-3 win to sweep the Shockers in Saturday's doubleheader, and she also had a 2-for-2, three RBIs, and two runs scored game in a run-rule win over UT-Martin on Thursday. Her numbers against Wichita were even better than her weekly numbers; Gonzalez hit .444 with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .545 OB% in the three-game series.
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TRIO EARNS ALL VALLEY HONORS
NORMAL, Ill. – Senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (Sedro-Woolley, Wash./Sedro-Woolley) became the first four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in school history, earning first-team all league honors for the third time in her career; while senior Marina Groenewegen (Surrey, British Columbia/Elgin Park Secondary/Southern Idaho) and sophomore Kendall Duffy (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) were both named Second Team All-MVC announced by the league office Wednesday.
Duffy took home second-team honors at third base after splitting time this season at the hot corner and at catcher. A .242 hitter on the year with 21 RBI, Duffy’s bat came alive in conference play where she hit .311 and was third on the team with 15 RBI.
Second on the team with 10 two-out RBI in league action, Duffy boasted a .970 fielding percentage in MVC games. She started all but one game this spring and has been in the starting lineup 104 times in her two seasons on The Hilltop.
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RANIERI NAMED CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NORMAL, Ill. – Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) was named the Horizon League co-Player of the Year and earned a First Team All-League spot as the league announced its postseason honors Wednesday morning prior to the tournament. In addition, freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) was tabbed a Second Team All-League honoree and was joined on the All-Freshman Team by fellow rookie Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).
Ranieri, a Second Team All-League recipient last season, simply dominated within Horizon League play this year in becoming the first Crusader in program history to earn league Player of the Year accolades. The sophomore led all players within league play, hitting at a .532 clip, over 100 points better than second place in the category. She also led all league players within league play in on-base percentage (.597), slugging percentage (.887), hits (33) and total bases (55), and posted 15 runs scored, 21 RBIs, five doubles and five homers in 19 league games. Overall, Ranieri hit at a .371 clip for the season with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs, while leading the league overall in walks (24) and on-base percentage (.459).
Lawson stood out as a rookie, turning the lineup over in the nine-hole to Ranieri at the top of the order. The lefty slapper hit .261 overall with 29 runs scored, and stepped up her game within Horizon League play. Within league-only play, she ranked just outside the top-10 in batting average, hitting .364 in 19 league games, and crossed the plate 16 times, tied for second-most in the league.
Calombaris joined Lawson on the All-Freshman Team after also taking her game to another level within Horizon League play. The Crusaders’ regular starter at third base, Calombaris hit .302 within league-only play out of the second spot in the order, scoring seven runs and driving in six while also picking up four stolen bases. Overall for the season, Calombaris scored 20 runs and tallied 14 RBIs for Valpo..
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