LaBruyere Leads Redhawks Past Evansville, 9-4
April 21, 2009
By Tyler Koonce, Sports Information Assistant
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Brad LaBruyere tossed five and two-third scoreless relief innings while Justin Wheeler and Kenton Parmley combined to go 7-for-7 at the plate as Southeast Missouri State (23-14) defeated Evansville (18-20) by the count of 9-4 Tuesday at Capaha Field. The Redhawks used a 5-run fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie, taking the lead for good.
In the fifth inning, Jim Klocke reached on a walk and advanced to third when Parmley singled down the right field line. Nick Harris and Trenton Moses then reached base on consecutive errors by the Purple Aces defense to allow two runs to score. Tony Spencer then delivered a 2-run single through the right side to score both Harris and Moses. Wheeler finished off the scoring with his fourth hit of the afternoon, an RBI single to right field to bring Spencer across the plate.
Early on, the game was back-and-forth. Evansville scored twice in the first on a run-scoring triple by Greg Wallace and when Tom Heithoff reached on an error to score Wallace.
Southeast got on the board in the bottom of the first when Tyrell Cummings drove in Spencer with a single to center field. Spencer led off with a single to right, stole second base and moved to third on Wheeler's first hit of the afternoon.
The Purple Aces scored single runs in the second and third frames on an RBI single by Alex Acheson and a solo home run by Wallace.
SEMO scored twice in the second on a deep run-scoring double by Nick Harris to the base of the wall in right and on Wheeler's RBI single to center.
The Redhawks tied the score in the bottom of the third when Parmley hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Klocke, who had previously doubled to right-center.
LaBruyere (3-1) relieved starter John Salazar in the third inning and went on to throw five and two-third scoreless relief innings. He scattered three hits and struck out three. He issued just one walk.
Mark Obenchain (2-2) took the loss for Evansville after allowing six runs in three and one-third innings, although only one of the runs was earned.
Wheeler finished 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He has 10 hits in his last 14 at bats, including three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Parmley went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. He raised his average to .306 on the season.
Southeast hosts Arkansas State for a Wednesday night contest at Capaha Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be sponsored by Bluff City Distributing. Free beverages will be available for those in attendance.