Baseball Beats Central Arkansas, 13-11
April 28, 2010
By Jeff Honza
CONWAY, Ark. - Kenton Parmley's three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth was the difference in the game as Southeast Missouri (26-15) won a 13-11 slugfest over Central Arkansas (13-28) Wednesday.
Mark Hogan picked up his 850th career victory, moving to 850-645-3 all-time in 29 years as a college head coach. Hogan also pushed his Southeast record to 465-388-1.
"I was proud of the way we battled and never gave up," said Hogan. "This was a big win for us and we gained some momentum entering this weekend's important conference series against Murray State."
Southeast and UCA combined for 24 runs, 31 hits and seven home runs in today's wild series finale. A total of 15 different pitchers took the mound between these teams, as well.
Clinging to a one-run (10-9) lead after eight innings, Brett Russell reached on a fielder's choice and Tim Rupp reached on an error with one out in the ninth. Shortly after Jesse Tierney struck out, Parmley drove Jonathan Houston's second offering over the left field wall to give the Redhawks a 13-9 advantage.
UCA refused to go down quietly in its last at-bat.
With two outs and a runner on, Greg Noble launched a home run off Southeast reliever Jim Klocke to narrow the gap to 13-11. Klocke, however, beared down to strike out Bobby Pritchett for the final out.
Southeast staked starting left-hander Logan Mahon to an early 4-0 lead after scoring once in the first and three times in the second.
Mahon, who allowed just two hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings, gave way to Brad LaBruyere in the fourth.
LaBruyere tossed one scoreless inning before the Bears offense came alive in the fifth.
After the Redhawks answered with a home run of their own, this time a two-run shot by Russell in the top of the sixth, Southeast led, 6-3.
That lead didn't stand for long as UCA responded with four runs in the bottom half of that inning to pull ahead of the Redhawks. Michael Pair knocked in Pritchett on a two-out single to give the Bears their first lead at 7-6.
Blake Slattery quickly regained an 8-7 lead for Southeast when he belted a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh, but UCA tied the game on Jake Fuller's round-tripper in the same inning.
Right-hander Trent Wise (1-2) picked up his first career win after giving up a hit and a run in one inning of relief.
Houston (0-1) was credited with the loss. He allowed two runs and one hit in one-third of an inning out of the UCA bullpen.
Offensively, all nine of Southeast's starters had a hit. Seven Redhawks, including Parmley, Klocke, Jones, Louie Haseltine, Slattery, Russell and Rupp added two or more.
Slattery paved the way with three hits, while Parmley, Klocke, Jones, Haseltine, Russell and Rupp followed with two apiece. Also, Parmley and Klocke each had three RBI.
In addition, Klocke hit a series-high .667 in two games against UCA. He went 6-for-9 with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run and six RBI. Klocke (180) needs just five more RBI to break Southeast's all-time career record.
Pair and Pritchett led the Bears with three hits. Noble followed with two home runs and four RBI.
Southeast, which improved its team batting average to .359, registered double-digit hits for the 31st time this year.
The Redhawks return to Ohio Valley Conference action when they host Murray State this weekend. Southeast and Murray open a three-game series with a 1 p.m., CT, doubleheader Saturday. Southeast is currently 18-3 at Capaha Field.
Notes: The Redhawks have homered in 22 of their last 23 games...Southeast has outhit its opponent in 30 games this year and is 22-8 in such contests...The Redhawks finished with 15 or more hits in 16 games...Casey Jones continues to lead Southeast and the OVC with a .446 batting average...Jones and teammate Jim Klocke each lead the Redhawks with 56 RBI...Southeast's .359 batting average leads the OVC and ranks fourth in the nation...Southeast's single-season record in batting average currently stands at .354 by the 1986 club...The Redhawks picked up their 26th win of the season, matching their win total in each of the last two seasons (26-25 in 2009; 26-26 in 2008)...Southeast finished the month with an 11-6 mark...Louie Haseltine and Casey Jones extended their hitting streaks to 17 and 15 games, respectively.