Bats Come Alive In The Seventh Inning As Baseball Defeats Harris Stowe, 3-0
Feb. 22, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. - Josh Syberg picked up his first win in almost three years as the Redhawks defeated Harris Stowe, 3-0 at Capaha Field. The Redhawks improved to 3-1 on the season and won their 23rd home opener in 34 tries. The Redhawks have now beaten the Hornets 16 consecutive times and hold an 18-2 record all-time.
Nick Thomas started on the mound and pitched 3.0 innings. He gave up one hit, while striking out one batter. He walked only one batter and faced ten batters.
The Redhawks were held hitless through the first six innings, but the seventh inning proved to do the damage. Louie Haseltine reached on a hit by pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Cole Bieser. Bieser moved to second base on a balk and scored on a single to left center field by Nick Harris.
Josh Syberg pitched four solid innings, earning the win. He faced 13 batters and allowed just one hit.
Harris stole second base and played a crucial part in Blake Slattery's infield single to short stop Rob Hogenkamp. Slattery hit a soft groundball to short stop and Harris blinded Hogenkamp, who had to hesitate when fielding the grounball. Slattery was able to use his speed to beat out the throw and set up runners on the corners with one out.
Jesse Tierney recorded an RBI on a safety squeeze that scored Harris and moved Slattery to second.
Tim Rupp added to the hitting fury and hit a missile through the left side that scored Slattery from second.
With the Redhawks up 3-0 heading into the 8th inning, Kirk Boeller came in to pitch. He made a quick exit as he struck out the side. He used 18 pitches in his one inning of work.
All-American pitcher Shae Simmons entered the game in the 9th inning and never allowed the Hornets to hit a ball hard. He struck out the first two batters before fielding a week ground ball to end the game. That was his second save of the season and his seventh of his young career.
Kody Campbell hit a double to left center on his lone at-bat of the game. It was his first double of the year. Nick Harris earned his first hit of the season on his RBI single to left. He finished the game with a 1-for-3 performance and added his 37th stolen base of his career. Blake Slattery ended the game with a 1-for-2 performance, while scoring a run and adding a stolen base. Tim Rupp added a hit and an RBI in his three at-bats.
Southeast will host Ball State this weekend in a three-game series. Game one will start at 3 pm on Friday, while games two and three will begin at 1 pm.