Baseball Pounds 16 Hits En Route To 12-7 Victory Over Ball State
Feb. 25, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.- Michael Adamson went 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Southeast Missouri State baseball team to victory, 12-7, over Ball State. The Redhawks improved to 4-1 on the season and have are 15-2 in non-conference home games since last season.
The Redhawk bat got hot early, as the first seven players reached base. The first four batters reached on hits, highlighted by Nick Harris' two RBI double. Louie Haseltine broke the streak of hits, but reached on a hit by pitch.
Southeast sent eight batters to the plate in the top frame and scored three runs on five hits.
Jordan Underwood gave up two runs in the second inning on two hits and two errors. Both runs were unearned.
Nick Harris flashed the leather when he took a line drive hit to left field away from Kevin Franchetti with a runner on first. Underwood gave up a single and walked the next two batters to load the bases with two outs. He looked to escape the inning with no damage on a routine ground ball, but an error by Parmley prolonged the inning. On the next play Parmley made his second error, which resulted in a second Cardinal to cross home plate.
Ball State cut the Redhawks lead to 3-2 after one and a half innings of play.
Southeast had another chance to put a dent on the scoreboard when Nick Harris came up with runners at the corners with two outs. With the count 2-and-0, Harris took a curveball off the left arm and headed to first base. The umpire brought Harris back to the plate, as he thought Harris could have avoided the contact. Three pitches later, Harris fouled out to the catcher to end the inning.
The Cardinals used their speed to tie the game in the top of the fourth, using two stolen bases and a single to score the third run of the game.
Underwood did not factor into the decision, but pitched 3.2 innings. He gave up one earned run on four hits and four walks. He struck out three of the 21 batters he faced.
The Redhawks plated seven runs in the fifth inning. Taylor Heon came up with one out and runners on first and second base and hit a double to left field. Brennan Malham, who came in to run for Kody Campbell, and Blake Slattery scored on the hit. Jesse Tierney walked and Kenton Parmley loaded the bases with a single to left field.
Adamson then singled to left field to score two more runs and Harris hit a double down the left field line to score another run. Louie Haseltine hit a ball that was misplayed by the third baseman, which resulted in another two runs. The Redhawks had just four hits in the inning, but were able to push the lead to 10-3 after five complete innings.
Kirby Campbell sent the first pitch from Kirk Boeller over the left field wall to lead off the Ball State sixth inning. A single to left field by Cody Elliot and an error by Brett Russell on a ball put in play by Blake Beemer put runners on first and second with one out. Stephen Claypool singled to load the bases and a walk by Mitch Widau plated another run. Ball State cut the Redhawks lead to 10-5 after the inning.
Ball State scored two more runs in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with one out. A weak ground ball to pitcher Ryan Prickett started a 1,2,3 double play to end the inning and the damage. The Cardinals had the tying run on first base.
The Redhawks added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Slattery lead off the inning with a walk and Tim Rupp moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a wild pitch pushed Slattery to third, Ky Burgess earned a pinch hit single and RBI with a line drive up the middle on a full count. Parmley then singled to left field, his fourth hit of the game, and moved Burgess to second base. Stephen Claypool made a marvelous play on a ground ball by Michael Adamson, but threw it down the first base line which scored Burgess and moved Parmley to third.
Trenton Moses grabbed a bat and stepped in for Russell and hit a long drive to right center field. It looked to clear the bases and plate two more runs, but Blake Beemer made a diving catch on the warning track and doubled up Adamson on the play.
Prickett closed out the game with three quick outs.
The Redhawks top four hitters combined for 12 hits, led by Parmley and Adamson's two hits apiece. Harris and Adamson both had three RBI's in the game, while Parmley, Adamson and Slattery each scored two runs. Russell and Heon each added a double and Harris added two doubles.
Southeast had 16 hits as a team en route to 12 runs.
Kirk Boeller earned the win on the mound, his second of his career. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up one earned run on two hits. He faced nine batters in the game.
Trent Wise threw 1.0 inning of work and up one earned run on three hits. He walked one batter and struck out one.
Ryan Prickett earned his first career save in a Redhawk uniform. He did not allow a run in the 2.2 innings he pitched and only gave up one hit. He struck out one batter and walked just one.
The Redhawks and Cardinals play tomorrow at 1 pm, as Jon Dicus will take the mound for Southeast.