Redhawks Baseball Falls to South Dakota State in Home Opener
Feb. 23, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State baseball was defeated 5-2 by South Dakota State at Capaha Field Friday. The visiting Jackrabbits used a two-run seventh to take the lead and added another insurance run in the top of the ninth inning.
Early on, the game was a pitcher's dual between junior Dustin Renfrow (West Plains, Mo./Jefferson CC) and SDSU's Erik Bess. The starters held each lineup scoreless through the first four innings before Nick Adams struck for the first of his two triples on the day that scored Brian Estes to put the Jackrabbits ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Southeast answered back when Matt Wulfers (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri) and Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) recorded back-to-back singles. On Padilla's liner to left-center field, SDSU centerfielder Tim Hanigan was unable to come up with the ball which allowed Wulfers to come around to score. The error allowed Southeast to tie game while Padilla advanced to second. Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) then doubled over Hanigan's head to score Padilla and give the Redhawks a 2-1 lead.
SDSU came back in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Starter Dustin Renfrow retired the leadoff batter and was then relieved by senior Brent Lawson (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills). Renfrow pitched 5.1 innings while allowing four hits and one earned run. He walked three and struck out two. Lawson struck out the first batter he faced, but then surrendered a double to Tony Martin down the right field line. The next batter, Chris Iverson, singled to center field to knot the score at 2-2.
After sending the Redhawks down in order in the bottom of the sixth, the Jackrabbits offense came to the attack in again in the top of the seventh. Lawson yielded walks to the first two batters and then Nick Adams crushed his second triple on the afternoon to score two and put SDSU ahead 4-2. Senior Josh Parham (Jackson, Mo./Fort Scott CC) was brought in and promptly pitched out of the jam by recording three consecutive groundouts. Parham got some help from freshman third baseman Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson), who made a sensational diving stop and strong throw over to first to retire Cal Lewis. The web gem by Harris was sandwiched between two groundouts back to Parham on the mound that stranded Adams at third base and kept the game within reach.
The Redhawks offense was only able to muster one hit over the final three innings against SDSU relievers Kevin Morsching and Jacob Kougl. The Jackrabbits added an insurance run in the top of the ninth.
Asif Shah was 2-2 including a double and a walk for Southeast. Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, Matt Wagner (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) nearly missed a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth that would have given Southeast the lead.
Bess improved his record to 1-0 for SDSU after pitching six innings and allowing only two earned runs. Lawson took the loss for Southeast and falls to 0-1 so far this season. Kougl pitched a hitless ninth to earn his third save of the season for the Jackrabbits.
The teams will resume the three game series on Saturday with the start time scheduled for 1 p.m. On Sunday, the series finale is also slated to begin at 1 p.m.