Redhawks Hound Southern Illinois
April 18, 2007
CARBONDALE, Ill. - (Wednesday, April 18, 2007) Southeast Missouri capitalized on five Salukis errors Wednesday as they defeated Southern Illinois on the road, 9-7. The Redhawks scored seven unearned runs on the way to their first victory against a Missouri Valley Conference squad this season.
When the Redhawks (24-13) hosted Southern Illinois on April 10, the Salukis (23-13) took advantage of four errors as Southeast lost the match 7-2. The tides were turned Wednesday though, and the Salukis' five errors were a season high for the club. It was also the most errors committed by any of Southeast's opponents this year.
Southeast scored its only two earned runs of the game in the second inning. After a leadoff walk, sophomore Matt Wagner (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) singled to center field Fellow Big XII transfer Matt Wulfers (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri) followed with a double to the warning track in the right-center field gap to put the Redhawks on the board.
A pair of batters later, Wagner scored on Robby Moore's (Rombauer, Mo./Jefferson CC) sacrifice fly to center field to give Southeast an early 2-0 advantage.
The Redhawks added to their lead in the third inning when freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) reached on an error by the second baseman. Freshman Nick Harris (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson HS) followed with a single that fell out of right fielder Aaron Roberts' glove who was diving for the ball near the right field line. Senior Asif Shah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC), the OVC's leading run producer, hit an RBI double into the gap in left-center; it nearly scored two, but Harris was thrown out at the plate.
Shah added another RBI double in the fifth, this time off the right-center wall, allowing Harris to score from first base, who reached on an error. The double-bagger knocked Southern Illinois starter Tyler Choate out of the game.
Choate pitched four and one-third innings before exiting in the fifth. He allowed five runs on six hits, though only two of the runs were earned.
Senior Daryl Graham (Fort Scott, Kan./Cowley County CC) drove in a run against reliever Daniel Wells; his single over the leaping second baseman scored Shah from second base.
Starting pitcher Phillip Riley (Memphis, Tenn./Jackson State CC) kept the Salukis off the board for the first five innings of the game. He allowed just five base runners to reach through the first five frames, and no Saluki runners made it to third base until the sixth.
In the sixth inning, Southern Illinois scored a pair of runs with two outs to make the game 5-2 in favor of the Redhawks. Then in the seventh, the Salukis completed their comeback and tied the game.
With a pair of runners on and one-out, Adam Hills hit an RBI double to left-center. Riley left the game after the double just one out shy of tying his season-long outing as me hade way for senior relief pitcher Josh Parham (Jackson, Mo./Fort Scott CC).
Parham retired Mark Kelly, though a run scored on the ground out to short, and the Salukis tied the game on Cademartori's RBI single up the middle.
The game-tying single closed the book on Riley. The senior right-hander pitched six and one-third innings and was charged with five runs (all earned) on eight hits. Riley struck out three batters and issued three walks.
Southeast regained the lead with three runs of its own in the eighth inning against reliever Ian Reinhart, who was tagged for his first loss of the season. They also added a run in the ninth inning.
In the ninth inning, reliever Ivan Nails (Horn Lake, Miss./Southwest Tenn. CC) gave up a two-run homer to right with no outs, but the Redhawks' nine runs were enough as Nails held on to the victory.
Parham (4-3) earned the win for Southeast. He pitched one and two-thirds innings, gave up four hits, allowed one run, struck out two and did not issue a base on balls.
Wulfers recorded his third three-hit game of the season. The Cape Girardeau native was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Shah and Graham each had two hits for the Redhawks. Shah, who has driven in 40 RBIs this season, had a pair of doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Graham also had an RBI and scored once.
Hills of Southern Illinois was 3-for-5 at the dish Wednesday. Kelly drove in three RBIs including the two-run home run in the ninth.
Southeast will conclude a seven-game road trip with three conference games this weekend at Austin Peay. The Redhawks and Governors will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, and they will conclude the series with a game on Sunday at 1 p.m.