Bats Get Hot on Cold Day at Capaha in 8-3 Southeast Win
March 17, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, March 17, 2007) Despite unseasonably cold temperatures and an early spring snowfall that forced game two of the doubleheader to be rescheduled for tomorrow, the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks baseball team was hot at the plate on Saturday. For the first time in three weeks, the Redhawks offense scored more than five runs as they plated eight total, including six in the second inning, in an 8-3 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Freshman Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson, HS) led off his fourth straight game by reaching base when he walked in the bottom of the first. He advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) and later scored from third on Matt Wagner's (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) single up the middle. It was also the fourth straight game that Harris scored a run in the first inning.
While Harris' run was the only one that Southeast (10-6) scored in the first, it was just the tip of the iceberg on Saturday for a Redhawks offense that managed double-digit hits for the third time this season.
The Redhawks scored six more runs as 10 batters stepped to the plate in the second inning. The six runs marked the most runs in a single frame for Southeast this year as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over the Golden Lions (4-14).
Robby Moore (Rombauer, Mo./Jefferson CC) followed with a single and Harris with a walk. After Padilla was retired on an infield fly, freshman catcher Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) hit a two-run double with the bases loaded. Wagner then reached base on balls, and Phillip Riley (Memphis, Tenn./Jackson CC), who was hitless in his previous 19 at bats, doubled in Klocke and Wagner.
With a comfortable seven-run cushion, Redhawks starting pitcher Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day HS) worked another impressive performance on the mound. Shah (2-0), a senior, pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and one walk. The left-hander, who leads the team with a 1.29 ERA after Saturday's game, also struck out seven batters and had a streak of 11 consecutive batters retired that began with the last out of the first inning.
Southeast added another run in the fifth inning when Padilla extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single that scored Matt Wulfers (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri).
Arkansas-Pine Bluff managed to score an unearned run in the seventh inning and two more runs in the eighth, but all three total runs were the consequence of mistakes by the Redhawks.
Wagner led the Redhawks with a hit in each of his three at bats, while Klocke recorded his third straight game with an RBI. Riley also had a pair of runs batted in.
The final game of the three-game series between the Redhawks and the Golden Lions, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday as the second half of a doubleheader, was rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. Josh Syberg (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) is scheduled to make the start for the Redhawks.