Southeast Scores School-Record 27 Runs in Victory Over Lions
March 28, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Wednesday, March 28, 2007) Southeast Missouri scored a school record with 27 runs and tied an NCAA record with three grand slams in as they defeated the Freed-Hardeman Lions on Wednesday, 27-16. The fifth-straight Redhawks victory brings head coach Mark Hogan just one win away from tying the all-time wins record at Southeast of 373 held by the legendary Joe Uhls.
The Redhawks (17-7) scored in every frame except the first inning, starting with eight runs in the bottom of the second.
Senior Asif Shah (Cincinncati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) led the inning off with a single, and he was followed by sophomore Matt Wagner (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) who doubled down the left field line. Sophomore Matt Wulfers (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri) drove in both of them with a single to left center. After Lions starter Chris Denny recorded a pair of back-to-back outs, the Redhawks hit three consecutive singles, one of which drove in a run. Denny's (0-4) day on the mound came to an end when he walked freshman Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson HS) with the bases loaded.
Southeast starter James Leigh (Bryant, Ark./Texarkana) pitched four innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Leigh surrendered back-to-back solo home runs to Justin Forrest and Jarrett Jones in the top of the third inning. The sophomore left-hander struck out three batters and did not issue a walk.
The Redhawks added another run in the third on senior Robby Moore's (Rombauer, Mo./Jefferson CC) RBI double to left field. The double was Moore's second of his career-high four hits on Wednesday as he extended his hitting streak to nine games. The senior shortstop now leads the team batting .392.
Leading 9-2, Harris led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run down the left field line. Shah singled on a solid line drive that hit Brock's leg on the mound. Jorge Medina entered the game form the bullpen, and like Brock, he allowed a home run to the first batter he faced. Wagner hit a solo shot to right off of Medina, his fourth of the season and third blast in three games.
Meanwhile, SEMO scored five runs in the fifth inning as the sent 11 batters to the plate for the second time of the game. Shah drove in a pair of runs with a double to left-center. The OVC Co-Player of the Week drove in six RBIs in a 4-for-4 performance at the dish. Wagner added an RBI single and sophomore Daniel Schuh (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenney HS) hit a two-run single to center field.
In the Redhawks' half of the sixth, senior Phillip Riley hit the second grand slam of the day. It was his first home run of the season, and it was the first Southeast pinch-hit home run since Eric Hoffman homered in a pinch-hit at bat against Freed-Hardeman on April 7, 2004.
They added a run in the seventh inning, and headed into their final at bat in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 21-7 lead. Moore hit an RBI single to left field to give Southeast 22 runs, just two shy of tying the Southeast single-game runs scored record. Just three batters later, Harris set the new school record when he slugged his second home run of the game with the bases loaded. The grand slam, his second this season, tied an NCAA record and marked the eighth time a team had hit three grand slams in a single game; it last happened on May 6, 2001, when Youngstown State hit a set of slams against Oakland.
Another school record was set in the top of the ninth inning when Freed-Hardeman posted nine runs, all unearned. The nine additional runs set a new mark in Southeast baseball history for total runs by both teams as the Redhawks and Lions combined for 43 runs. Southeast and Missouri-Rolla had combined to score 38 runs in 1977 for the previous record.
Junior Sam Rosener (Festus, Mo./Air Force) earned his first win as a Redhawk in one and one-third perfect innings of relief. He retired all four batters he faced including a strikeout.
Senior Josh Parham (Jackson, Mo./Fort Scott CC) retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning and struck out a pair of batters. Sophomore Mike Taylor (McClure, Ill./Shawnee HS) and freshman Derek Hayden (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville HS) combined to work the ninth innings.
Harris and Shah each recorded four hits, six RBIs and four runs scored. Shah was 4-for-4 at the plate, while Harris finished the day 4-for-6.
The win was Hogan's 372 at Southeast, and he is now just one win shy of tying the all-time wins record held by the legendary Joe Uhls. Hogan entered the season trailing Uhls by 18 victories.
Hogan will have his opportunity to surpass Uhls' mark this weekend in a three-game conference series at Murray State.