McAlister leads Redhawks Pass Jackrabbits, 5-1
March 10, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Friday, March 10, 2006) The Redhawks baseball team snapped their three-game losing streak behind the arm of Jamie McAlister who pitched a the team to a 5-1 gem against visiting South Dakota State at Capaha Field on Friday evening. The win improved the Redhawks to 4-3 at Capaha Field.
McAlister (2-3) went the distance for his fourth career complete game and first of the season. He allowed one run on five hits, struck out a career-high 11 Jacks (1-7) in nine innings without issuing a single walk. 82 of his 109 pitches went for strikes.
The Redhawks (5-7) gave McAlister all the offensive help he needed in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Jordan Payne reached base with two outs after being hit by a Jacks starter Danny Klous. Payne stole his second base of the season to put himself into scoring position. Daryl Graham singled to plate Payne for the game's first run. Daniel Schuh then tripled to right field over the outstretched arm of Korby Mintken to score Graham for the 2-0 lead.
The Jacks made it a one-run game when they added a run in the top of the sixth.
The team then rallied behind McAlister and added some breathing room for their ace in the bottom of the seventh. Graham led-off with a walk and then stole second. Catcher Levi Olson then doubled to deep center over the head of Nick Adams to drive in Graham and knock Klous out of the game. Olson then moved to third on a Omar Padilla grounder. With two outs pinch hitter Dustin Pritchett doubled down the left field line off of Kevin Morsching to make it 4-1.
In the eighth the Redhawks added an insurance run when Aaron Rave singled to lead-off the inning. Rave moved to second on a balk by Jacks reliever Jake Angier. He later scored on a error by third baseman Cal Lewis.
McAlister ended the game with a strikeout of Tyson Fisher, the third time in the game he struckout Fisher.
Olson went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Rave finished 2-4 with a run scored. Graham went 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Two of the Jacks five hits came off the bat of Adams who went 2-4 with an RBI double.
Klous (0-2) received the loss as he went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six.
The Redhawks will wrap-up the series tomorrow as the two teams have decided to play a doubleheader instead of the scheduled one game. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. with Asif Shah (0-1) scheduled to face Christian Larson (0-0) in game one and Anthony Maupin (1-1) taking on Robby Apo (0-1) in the series finale.