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Justin Wheeler rounds third after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning Saturday. (Curt Hart)
Justin Wheeler rounds third after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning Saturday. (Curt Hart)
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Leigh, Wheeler Lead Southeast to 6-5 Victory

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March 15, 2008

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By Tyler Koonce, Baseball Contact

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Southeast Missouri State took game two from Memphis, 6-5, Saturday at Nat Buring Stadium. For the second consecutive day, Redhawks (6-5) pitchers struck 17 Tigers (6-10) hitters. James Leigh improved his record to a perfect 3-0 on the season after pitching six stellar innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing only four hits and one earned run.

Southeast pulled ahead in the opening inning when Jim Klocke drew a walk and was driven home on a two-run opposite field home run by Justin Wheeler. It was Wheeler's third blast of the season.

Wheeler struck again in the third inning. After a Klocke single, he hit a drive over the head of the right fielder for an RBI double. It was his 15th run driven in on the year.

The lead increased to four in the top of the sixth on Tyrell Cummings' fifth home run of the early season and second in as many days. He also leads the squad with 18 RBIs in only 11 games.

Memphis scored their first run in the bottom of the frame when Cole Shelton drove in Trey Wiedman on a single to right field. Wiedman led off with a double to right.

In the top of the seventh, Southeast plated two more runs. After a Zachary Blemker walk, Tony Spencer doubled to left-center. Nick Harris followed and moved each runner up a base with a sacrifice fly to right. Klocke brought Spencer plateward with a solid single through the left side.

The Tigers made the game interesting in the bottom of the eighth by pulling within one behind four runs. Shelton and K.K. Chalmers both registered two-run singles up the middle during the inning.

Jake Kemper came on to close the game by pitching the final one and two-thirds innings to earn his first career save. He struck out the side looking in the ninth to finish the game.

Southeast goes for the series sweep tomorrow with first pitch at 1 p.m. Josh Syberg will take the mound for the Redhawks.


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