Southeast Takes First Game From Missouri State, 6-2
March 25, 2008
By Tyler Koonce, Baseball Contact
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State defeated Missouri State for the first time since 2004 with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night at Capaha Field. The Redhawks (9-7, 2-1) used three home runs to pace the offense while Brad LaBruyere and Jake Kemper combined to shut down the Bears (14-6, 2-1) offense.
Matt Wagner got Southeast on the board with a towering solo home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the second inning. The blast extended his hitting streak to eight games, the longest of any Redhawks player this season. Trenton Moses followed with a single through the right side and came around to score on an RBI single to right-center by Matt Wulfers.
Wulfers struck again during his next at-bat in the fourth inning. After Tyrell Cummings led off with a single to left field, he moved to second when MSU pitcher J.C. Casey threw wide of first base on a failed pickoff attempt. Wagner drew a walk and both runners moved up on a swinging bunt by Moses. Then Wulfers hit a three-run blast to straightaway center field to make the lead 5-0.
LaBruyere tossed four scoreless innings and gave up only two earned runs in the fifth to complete his outing. He allowed six hits and struck out five with only one walk.
Kemper threw four brilliant innings of relief to earn his second save of the season. He gave up only one hit to go along with six strikeouts and two walks. Over his last five innings on the mound, he has fanned nine opposing hitters.
Cummings added an insurance run with an opposite field solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The round tripper was his team-leading sixth of the season. He also leads the squad with 24 RBIs.
Southeast goes for the series sweep Wednesday at Capaha Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Josh Manning will make the start for the Redhawks against Kyle Boschert. Live Stats for the contest will be available through Missouri State's web site.