Redhawks Defeat Lions 5-2 for First win of the Season
Feb. 26, 2005
HAMMOND, La. (Friday, February 25, 2005) - Jordan Payne's two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 deadlock and freshman Joey Evans pitched 3.1 innings in relief to earn his first career win as Southeast Missouri held off Southeastern Louisiana, 5-2, on a chilly Friday night at Alumni Field.
The win was the first of the season for Southeast Missouri (1-3), which was playing for the first time since being swept by top-ranked Tulane, Feb. 11-12. Southeastern, playing at home for the first time since Feb. 12 when it split a doubleheader against Pac-10 opponent Washington State, evened its record at 4-4.
Payne, who finished 2-for-4 and scored an insurance run in the ninth inning, delivered his game-winning hit when he singled off Lion starter Risley St. Germain (0-2) scoring Brent Lawson and Quenten Rouse. St. Germain, who pitched a season-high six innings and struck out eight, retired Frank Montiel and Freddy Lopez to open the inning before giving up a single to Lawson and hitting Rouse with a pitch.
Both runners advanced on a passed ball before Payne hit a 1-and-2 pitch to plate both runners and give the Redhawks the lead for good.
Evans (1-0), came in relief of SEMO starter Derek Herbig in the fifth inning and scattered three hits while striking out five. Josh Parham fanned Gary Duhe to start the ninth inning before Brad Smith came in and retired the final two batters for his first save.
Southeastern, which outhit SEMO, 7-5, but stranded 10 runners on base, took a 1-0 lead in the third when Jason Waguespack doubled to left and scored two batters later on Kyle Ginn's RBI single.
After the Redhawks took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Montiel scored on ground out by Rouse and Lopez crossed the plate on a wild pitch, the Lions tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
Trent Hebert led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Spencer drew a walk before Hebert moved to third on fly ball to center and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Herbig, who went 4.2 innings with four hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
Herbig would walk the bases loaded before forcing Ginn to ground out to end the inning. The Lions threatened again in the seventh as Steve Clevenger drew a walk and moved to third on Randy Roth's two-out single to right. But Evans fanned Hebert to end the inning and the Lions managed one base runner the remainder of the night as Evans, Parham and Smith combined to retire the final six batters to preserve the win.
Roth led Southeastern at the plate going 2-for-4. Jeremy Mizell pitched three innings in relief of St. Germain, fanning three and scattering two hits, including a two-out RBI double by Eric Horstman in the ninth inning.
Both teams will continue their three-game series Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest. Southeastern will send left-hander Rodney Story (1-1, 5.56 ERA) to the mound while SEMO will counter with right-hander Anthony Maupin (8-7, 6.01 ERA in 2004).