Hogan Breaks Record as Redhawks Split Twinbill
April 1, 2007
MURRAY, Ky. - (Sunday, April 1, 2007) The rain that postponed the second game of Saturday's doubleheader only postponed the inevitable to head coach Mark Hogan. The 13-year head coach of the Southeast baseball program became the winningest coach in Southeast history as the Redhawks defeated Murray State 17-3 in the first of two seven-inning games on Sunday. The Redhawks lost 6-5 in game two.
The record-breaking victory was Hogan' 374th while at Southeast as he improved to 374-301-1 at the helm of the Redhawks. He surpassed the late Joe Uhls, who recorded 373 wins as head coach of the Southeast baseball team from 1960 through the 1984 season.
Southeast improved to 19-8 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Both marks are the best since 2000 when Southeast was 20-7 overall and 5-1 in OVC play; Southeast has never won its first six OVC games.
Southeast scored three early runs in the first game of the doubleheader. Senior Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) led off the game with a single through the left side of the infield and then swiped second base, his team-leading eighth steal of the season. Freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) sent Padilla across the plate for the first run of the game with a double to the wall in right-center field.
The Redhawks forced Thoroughbreds starter Mike Perconte to exit the game early after they scored four more runs in the second inning, highlighted by Wulfers' second home run of the season, a three run blast to center.
Murray State (6-19, 3-3 OVC) countered with a run in the bottom half of the frame on Tyler Owen's RBI single up the middle. Owen, who was 4-for-4 on Saturday, drove in two more Murray State runs in the bottom of the fourth with a single to left past a diving Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson HS) at third base.
Owen's two-run single in the fourth made the score 9-3 in favor of the Redhawks as Southeast had scored a pair of runs in the top half of the third. Senior Robby Moore (Rombauer, Mo./Jefferson CC) tripled into the right field corner, his first triple of his career as a Redhawk, and sent sophomore Daniel Schuh (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenney HS) cross the plate. Moore scored on Klocke's double into the right-center gap, his second of the game.
The Redhawks poured on eight more runs before closing the book on the all-time wins record for Hogan. They scored five runs in the fifth as Wulfers and Moore each hit an two-RBI double. Pritchett sandwiched a sacrifice fly to left between the two plays.
Harris added a two-run home run to left in the sixth, his team-leading eighth bomb of the year, and Schuh hit a solo shot to center field in the top of the seventh.
Shah (3-0), who started the game for Southeast on the mound, pitched his second complete game of the season. He allowed just three runs on eight hits through seven innings on the hill; he retired eight batters on strikes and walked only two.
Perconte (2-4) was tagged with the loss in game one.
The runs were not as easy to come by for Southeast in game two, as the `Breds salvaged the final game of the series 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Southeast didn't score until the top of the fourth inning when Pritchett rounded the bases on a ground ball that traveled no farther than 20 feet from home plate. Thoroughbred starter Bryan Baldini's throw to first was wide of the mark, allowing Wulfers and Wagner to score from second and third respectively. Pritchett advanced to second as Baldini's throw rolled into foul territory, but right fielder Matt Scheer's attempt to throw him out at second wasn't much better than Baldini's a moment before. Scheer's heave sailed over the shortstop's outstretched glove and into foul territory on the opposite side of the field allowing Pritchett to score on the play.
Moore scored the fourth run of the frame from second base on Klocke's single that took a funny hop past the shortstop. Game two starter Josh Syberg (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) was virtually unhittable for the first three innings. After allowing a leadoff single in the first inning, the freshman southpaw went on to retired nine consecutive batters through the end of the third inning
He didn't allow aother runner to reach until Murray State countered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within a run of Southeast. After the `Breds loaded the bases, Cape Girardeau native Seth Hudson scored the first run of the inning on a double play ground ball to second. Tyler Owen, who was retired for the first time of the series in his first at bat of the second game, followed with a two-run home run to left field; it was the first homer allowed by Syberg this season.
The Redhawks took one run back in the sixth inning to make the score 5-3. After Schuh hit a leadoff double down the left field line, Padilla lined an RBI single into left.
The `Breds tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on Tyler Pittman's two-run double off the fence in left field against Southeast reliever Phillip Riley (Memphis, Tenn./Jackson CC).
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Southeast, it longest of the year. It was only the Redhawks second loss in their last 15 games.
Riley (4-2) got the loss for Southeast, while Syberg recorded a no decision. Syberg struck out seven batters in five and one-thirds innings pitched, raising his season total to 45. He gave up four runs on five hits and issued just one walk.
Jake Donze pitched a scoreless seventh out of the bullpen for Murray State. Donze improved to 2-3 with the win, and all three batters he retired went down on strikes.
Klocke reached in all nine of his plate appearances on Sunday, finishing the day 4-for-4 with three doubles, five walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. He also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Meanwhile, Harris saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end in game two of the doubleheader. He also did not score a run for just the second time in the last 18 games. In game one, he was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer; it was his fourth home run of the week.
Padilla has hit safely in eight straight games after going 1-for-6 and 2-for-4 in game one and two. The senior second baseman has now hit safely in 17 of his last 18 contests.
Padilla and Klocke will have the opportunity to extend their hitting streaks with a pair of midweek games at Missouri State. Southeast will travel to Springfield, Mo., for a game under the lights at Hammons Field on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The Redhawks and Bears will follow that with a 3 p.m. start on Wednesday.