Redhawks Turn Lights Off on Tigers, Losing Streak
March 29, 2006
By Nathan Saverino, Redhawks Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Wednesday, March 29, 2006) - Last year it was senior Ernie Bracamonte. This year, freshman Daniel Schuh sent a walk-off homerun over the left field fence in the bottom of the ninth inning. The solo blast was the first of Schuh's collegiate career, and gave Southeast a 3-2 win over the Missouri Tigers.
A power outage in a bank of stadium lights behind home plate caused an eleven-minute delay prior to the start of the fourth inning. Ultimately though, Schuh and the Redhawks (7-14) put out the lights on the Tigers (15-9) and on a seven game losing streak that was the longest in team history since 1992.
Missouri pitchers Aaron Crow and John Thies held Southeast hitless until the fifth inning when Phillip Riley led off with a double to the wall in left. After advancing to second on Levi Olson's sacrifice bunt, Riley scored the game's first run as Robby Moore singled to center.
The Tigers were held scoreless through six innings in an outstanding start from Asif Shah. The southpaw made his best showing of the season, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just four hits while striking out five and walking two.
Josh Parham came on in the seventh and immediately pitched himself into some trouble. After giving up a double to start the inning, Parham walked two to load the bases with one out. Southeast came out of the inning with only minimal damage, allowing just two runs to score.
Down 2-1, Southeast tied the game back up in the eighth. Omar Padilla drew a base on balls to lead off the inning, and crossed the plate on Riley's single to right.
After Jamie McAlister retired Mizzou in order in the top of the ninth, the scene was set for Southeast to walk-off with a win over the Tigers for the second straight season at Capaha Field. The freshman Schuh delivered. With one out and nobody on, Schuh drove a fly ball over the wall in left for the 3-2 victory.
Schuh's home run was the first of his collegiate career. The game-winner was his only hit in four at-bats.
Riley was 2-3 on the evening with a double, RBI, and run scored.
McAlister came on in relief of Parham with two outs in the top of the eighth. He retired all four batters he faced and picked up his third win of the season, improving to 3-4.
Cape Girardeau native John Thies worked 3.2 innings for Missouri. He allowed one run on two hits, walked two, and struck out five. Jacob Priday, from Sikeston, Mo., was 1-3 at the plate.
The Redhawks and Tigers play again in Columbia two weeks from now on April 12. Until then, Southeast Missouri returns to action this weekend as they host Murray State for their first home conference series. Game one of a doubleheader on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m., and Sunday's game will be at 1:00 p.m.