CARBONDALE — The SIU softball team will open the five-game Under Armour Showcase with two series premieres today in Clearwater, Florida.
The Salukis (9-8) have never played Delaware State (1-9) or Quinnipiac (1-7) before, but will take on both at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. SIU is scheduled to play Rider and Central Florida Saturday and Maine on Sunday before returning home.
Sophomore catcher/designed player Katelyn Massa leads the team in RBIs (16), home runs (four), doubles (six), total bases (33), slugging percentage (.647) and walks (11). Through 17 games last year, Massa was hitting .167 with a walk, no RBIs, home runs or doubles.
Maddy Vermejan has had a bit of a resurgence this year, too. The sophomore infielder already hit two home runs and earned seven RBIs this year. She had 20 RBIs all of last season and didn't hit one home run. Freshman Jenny Jansen ranks second on the team in homers (three) and RBIs (nine).
— Todd Hefferman