Cougars begin busy week Tuesday
EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars softball has five games on the slate this week, including a pair of midweek non-conference matchups.
SIUE, 27-8 overall, is riding a 10-game winning streak as it heads to Bradley, 20-14, for a 5 p.m. game Tuesday. The Cougars return home Wednesday for a single game with Saint Louis, 14-16. Game time is 3 p.m. against the Billikens.
The Cougars return to OVC play Saturday and Sunday with a three-game series with Austin Peay. A Saturday doubleheader in Clarksville, Tenn., begins at 1 p.m. The third game of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
"Bradley and SLU will be more challenging which I think is going to be good for us going into the weekend versus Austin Peay," said SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery.
The Cougars are coming off OVC sweeps over Tennessee State and Belmont.
"We did not adjust very well at the plate yesterday. We're going to focus on that against Bradley," said Montgomery.
EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball freshman Haley Chambers earned her third Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honor after tossing a pair of shutouts this past weekend.
Chambers, of Coatesville, Ind., has won 12 consecutive games and holds the best OVC record at 7-0. She blanked Tennessee State and Belmont last weekend. She also recorded a 12-inning road victory over SIU Carbondale.
She finished the week with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. Chambers has five shutouts this season and holds a 15-2 overall record with a 1.71 earned run average.
Chambers shared Pitcher of the Week honors with Eastern Illinois' Hanna Mannenga. The Player of the Week honors were shared by Sarah Fobbs, of Eastern Kentucky, and Sara Borders, of Jacksonville State.
SIUE pitcher honored by OVC
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- For the second time this season, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior pitcher Travis Felax (Triad) has earned baseball Pitcher of the Week honors in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The most recent award comes after Felax turned in a dominating performance Friday night in the opener of an OVC series against Southeast Missouri. Felax first won the award March 4.
The right-hander picked up the first complete game shutout of his career, blanking the Redhawks 4-0. Felax used 104 pitches, allowed just four hits, and established a new career high with 10 strikeouts, the final one being of Southeast designated hitter Ryan Barnes to end the game.
Felax did not walk a hitter and improved to 3-3 on the year. The victory was the third complete game this season for Felax and the sixth of his career. Friday also marked the fifth consecutive start in which Felax pitched at least eight innings and the sixth consecutive start he has lasted at least seven innings.
SIUE plays four games on the road this week beginning with a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at Saint Louis University. The Cougars will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a weekend series at OVC newcomer Belmont.