Baseball Takes Down Bears, 12-11
March 10, 2010
By Brett Maikowski
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - In a game where Michael Adamson (1-1) gave up a two-out grand slam in the top of the ninth to even the game at 11, followed by a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the inning, Southeast (5-7) topped the Missouri State Bears (4-7), 12-11, today at Capaha Field.
The Redhawks were coasting with an 11-7 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning with Shae Simmons on the mound. Simmons was closing in on the save after pitching the last 1 1/3 innings, as the Bears were down to their final out of the game. Simmons had loaded the bases though, and was replaced by Adamson.
Aaron Conway was the Bears' last hope as he entered the box with the bases loaded. On the first pitch from Adamson, Conway delivered a game-tying grand slam to dead center field. Two pitches later, Adamson was out of the inning.
Tim Rupp led off in the bottom of the ninth and notched his first hit of the day with a single to right center field. Kenton Parmley followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. Adamson then came up to bat fresh off the grand slam he had just given up in the top half of the inning. He shook it off though and sent a hard hit single through the left side into left field to bring the winning run across the plate.
Southeast continued its trend of scoring late in the game, as nine of their 12 runs came in the last three innings, including a seven-run seventh inning. The seventh inning was also the first time the Redhawks have batted around the lineup this season, as Parmley and Adamson each had two at-bats in the inning.
In the seventh, the Redhawks put together five singles in a row from Ky Burgess, Kody Campbell, Casey Jones, Louie Haseltine, and Blake Slattery. Two errors in the inning also kept the inning alive. Haseltine's hit would have only scored one if the left fielder picked the ball up cleanly, but it deflected off his leg and the ball went to the warning track, bringing in a total of three runs.
Southeast took an early 1-0 lead in the first after Jim Klocke brought in Parmley from a fielder's choice ground out. That was all of the scoring until the fourth inning though, as a pitcher's duel took place between Logan Mahon and Clay Murphy. Mahon pitched a total of four innings and struck out four in his first mid-week start of the year.
Adamson evened the score in the fifth inning after hitting his first home run of the season with a two-run shot over the right center field wall. He now leads the Redhawks with 10 RBI this season.
The Bears followed with a pair of runs in the sixth to take the 5-3 lead. The lead didn't last long as the Redhawks answered with their seven-run burst in the seventh.
Pat Doyle (1-2) took the mound in the ninth inning and ended with the loss for the Bears.
Southeast will continue its home stand this weekend with a three game series with North Dakota. The Redhawks will take the field against the Fighting Sioux for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a single game on Sunday also slated for a 1 p.m. start.