Baseball Moves Into First Place In OVC Standings With 8-4 Win Over UT Martin
April 17, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The Southeast Missouri baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning to pull away from UT Martin, 8-4. The victory gave the Redhawks the sweep over the Skyhawks and improved Southeast Missouri to 7-4 in Ohio Valley Conference.
The Redhawks took care of their business and got some help from Austin Peay, who improved to 7-4 in the OVC with a Sunday win over Jacksonville State, giving Southeast a tie for first place with the Governors.
Southeast roped 14 hits as a team, making it the sixth consecutive game that Southeast has had ten or more hits in a game.
Brad LaBruyere improved his record to 5-1 with the win on the mound. He threw six solid innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out four batters in the game. Christian Hull pitched 1.2 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one batter. Shae Simmons earned his ninth career save after pitching 1.1 innings. He struck out two batters in the game.
Jesse Tierney and Michael Adamson each had three hits in the game. Nick Harris and Brett Russell each drilled two hits, while Casey Jones, Blake Slattery, Taylor Heon and Kenton Parmley had one hit a piece.
Kenton Parmley poked his 11th double of the season, Nick Harris drilled his fourth double, Blake Slattery hit his second triple of the year and Casey Jones smashed his second round tripper of the season in today’s game.
UT Martin started off the game with a bang off of Brad LaBruyere, as Trey Karlen smashed a solo shot to left field to leadoff the game.
Southeast answered back with a run in the first inning. Kenton Parmley walked and moved all the way to third after Nick Harris’ single to center field was misplayed. Brett Russell singled through the right side to score Parmley.
The Skyhawks took a 4-1 lead after scoring three runs in the third inning. UT Martin had just two hits in the inning and benefited from two Redhawk errors.
Southeast scored two runs in the fifth inning, cutting the Skyhawks lead to 4-3. Tierney led off with a single through the right side, but also recorded the first out after being picked off. Parmley walked and moved to third on a double to center off the bat of Nick Harris. Russell drilled a single up the middle to score both Parmley and Harris.
Casey Jones sparked the Redhawks with a solo shot to right field to start the sixth frame. It was his second home run of the year. Blake Slattery followed with a triple to right center just three pitches later. Heon singled on a rope that was knocked down by the third baseman, keeping Slattery at third base. Parmley drove in Slattery with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving Southeast its first lead of the game.
Christian Hull relieved LaBruyere in the seventh inning. He retired the Skyhawks in order, recording one strikeout in the inning.
Hull retired the first two batters in the eighth inning before giving up a two out double down the right field line. With the tying run on second base, head coach Mark Hogan brought in Shae Simmons from the bullpen. He struck out Cory Stooksbury to end the inning.
Southeast exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Slattery started the inning with a walk and moved to third on a Jesse Tierney single down the left field line. Parmley drove in Slattery with a double to right center, which moved Tierney to third base. Nick Harris drove in Tierney with a sacrifice fly to left field. Michael Adamson kept the inning alive with a single to left field to score Parmley from second base, giving the Redhawks a 8-4 lead after eight innings.
Simmons secured the game for Southeast by retiring the Skyhawks in order in the ninth inning.
Southeast will look to continue its winning ways, as they host Arkansas State on Tuesday at 5 pm. The game will be webcasted on KFVS12.