Hogan Ties Southeast All-Time Wins Record
March 31, 2007
MURRAY, Ky. - (Saturday, March 31, 2007) Southeast Missouri State baseball head coach Mark Hogan tied the all-time wins record the school on Saturday as the Redhawks defeated Murray State 6-5 in extra innings. The win was Hogan's 373rd as head coach of the program, tying him with the legendary Joe Uhls on the all-time ranks at Southeast.
Hogan will have to wait until Sunday to break the mark, as game two of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain. The Redhawks (18-7, 4-0 OVC) and Thoroughbreds (5-18, 2-2 OVC) will play two seven-inning games beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday to complete the three-game conference series.
Southeast, which extended its winning streak to a season-best six games, took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Saturday when senior Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) drove freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) in from third base with a sacrifice fly to left.
In the top of the third, the Redhawks added three runs to their lead with a pair of two-out home runs. Freshman Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson HS) hit a solo home run to left, his seventh of the year. After Shah drew a base on balls, sophomore Matt Wagner (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) homered in his fourth consecutive game, a majestic blast to right-center field.
The Redhawks forced Murray State starter Lucas Allen out of the game with the top of the sixth inning after Allen loaded the bases with one out. Left-hander Matt McGaha entered the game in relief for the Thoroughbreds and retired both Shah and Wagner to get the `Breds out of the jam.
Renfrow pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just seven hits and striking out two batters as he lowered his season ERA to 1.40 and moved into first in the conference ERA rankings. Junior Ivan Nails (Horn Lake, Miss./Southwest Tenn. CC) entered the game in relief with runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the seventh; he retired the side and left both runners stranded with a pair of fly balls to left field and a strikeout.
Southeast plated an important insurance run in the top of the ninth when Klocke singled up the middle to score Padilla from third.
Parham (3-2) held the Thoroughbreds in check in the bottom of the 10th, and senior first team All-OVC second baseman Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) hit a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 11th inning; it was Padilla's fourth of the season.
The senior left-hander Parham pitched the bottom of the 11th inning and finished the game for Southeast. He allowed no runs and just one hit in three innings of relief.
Four Redhawks batters recorded two hits on Saturday: Padilla, Klocke, Harris and Wagner.
Harris was 2-for-5 with a double and the home run. He has now scored an OVC-best 32 runs this season, including at least one run scored in 15 of his last 16 games.
Owen led the Thoroughbreds with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with a double and one run scored.