Southeast Beaten at Missouri State, 16-3
March 18, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the second consecutive day, the Missouri State offense exploded for a double-digit scoring performance, defeating Southeast 16-3 Wednesday afternoon at Hammons Field. The Bears (8-10) scored 12 runs over the first two innings and held the Redhawks (10-8) scoreless until the fifth inning.
Missouri State pulled ahead with a 4-run first inning on run-scoring base hits from Brayden Drake and Trevor Rogers. The Bears also added a run on a balk.
The Bears added eight more runs in the second inning, highlighted by an opposite field grand slam from Dallas Hord. Tyler Ryun added his second home run in as many days with a 2-run shot down the left field line in the sixth.
Blake Slattery added a sacrifice fly of his own in the seventh, scoring Blake Dirnberger for his first career run. Dirnberger had previously reached with his first career hit, a single up the middle. Jesse Tierney followed with a run-scoring single, bringing home Kody Campbell who had previously reached on a fiedler's choice.
Pat Doyle (1-2) earned the victory for MSU, tossing three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He allowed only one baserunner, giving up a single to Justin Wheeler in the third inning.
John Salazar (0-2) started for Southeast and took the loss after giving up eight hits and eight runs in one inning of work. He notched two strikeouts and issued one walk.
Southeast begins Ohio Valley Conference play with a doubleheader Saturday at Tennessee Tech. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. in Cookeville.
Notes: Matt Wagner notched his 32nd career multi-hit game while Justin Wheeler registered his 24th career multi-hit performance ... Blake Dirnberger notched his first career hit and run after singling up the middle in the top of the seventh inning ... He also recorded his first putout in the outfield, catching a fly ball off the bat of Christian Overstreet in the bottom of the sixth inning ... Tyrell Cummings failed to get a base hit for the first time this season, snapping his 17-game hitting streak ... Last season Cummings had a team-best 18-game hitting streak from April 5-May 3.