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Senior C Jim Klocke hit a three-run home run against Auburn Friday. (Haley Bohnert)
Senior C Jim Klocke hit a three-run home run against Auburn Friday. (Haley Bohnert)
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Baseball Overpowers Auburn, 13-8, in Season-Opener

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Feb. 19, 2010

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By Brett Maikowski
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

AUBURN, Ala. - Jim Klocke hit a three-run homer and had five RBI to help Southeast Missouri (1-0) take down Southeastern Conference foe Auburn (0-1), 13-8, Friday at Plainsman Park. Louie Haseltine also added a solo home run for the Redhawks.

Senior Kyle Gumieny started the season-opener for the second year in a row for the Redhawks. He got off to a shaky start in the bottom of the first, as he gave up a walk and two singles to the first four batters faced, which led to one earned run against him. In addition, junior college transfer Michael Adamson received an error on a throw to home plate that advanced the runners and led to an unearned run.

In the second and third innings, the Redhawks showed their offensive power with Haseltine's solo shot to dead center in the second and Klocke's three-run blast over the right field wall in the third, which gave the Redhawks a 4-2 lead that they never gave up for the remainder of the game.

The Tigers didn't tack on any more runs until the fourth inning when Justin Fradejas hit a home run over the left field wall off Gumieny. After that, the Tigers went another two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth. Gumieny came out in the fifth inning and was replaced by junior college transfer Nick Thomas.

The Tiger defense started to struggle in the fifth and sixth innings, as they had three of their five errors in those two innings. The errors on top of five singles from Adamson, Kody Campbell, Ky Burgess, Taylor Heon, and Kenton Parmley in those two innings led to four total runs for the Redhawks.

In the seventh, Southeast took advantage of two more errors from Auburn. Campbell led off the inning by getting hit by the pitch and then stole second base. The Redhawks then continued to play small ball with four more singles to bring in the runs.

Auburn did not let up though as they fired back with a couple runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh and three more in the eighth inning, including a home run to right field by Justin Hargett. Senior John Salazar replaced Thomas in the eighth inning, but was unable to find his groove tonight, as he pitched 0.1 innings with four hits and three runs against him.

Adamson then came in to pitch midway through the eighth inning and retired the remaining five batters without giving up a single hit. He finished the game with the save, while striking out one.

Thomas (1-0) earned the win tonight after throwing 2.2 innings and giving up two hits, two runs, and two walks.

For Auburn, Jon Luke Jacobs (0-1) gets credit for the loss. Jacobs pitched 4.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 earned runs, three walks, while striking out four.

The series will continue tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Plainsman Park. LHP Logan Mahon is set to go up against LHP Grant Dayton.


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