Nails, Redhawks Hammer EIU for Series Victory
April 29, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Sunday, April 29, 2007) The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks baseball team hammered out 10 runs Sunday en route to a 10-4 victory and conference-series win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
The Redhawks (27-18, 12-6 OVC) remain in a three-way tie for first place with the victory, as Austin Peay and Jacksonville State were also victorious in their games.
After the Panthers (18-21, 8-9 OVC) obtained a one-run lead in the top of the second, Southeast answered with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning when senior Omar Padilla (Point Reyes Station, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) doubled to left-center with two outs.
Southeast added to their lead in the third inning when a run scored thanks to shortstop Adam Varrassi's throwing error. The error, the Panthers' second of the inning allowed sophomore Matt Wagner (Wahoo, Neb./Nebraska) to score from second base after he singled and reached second on an error by right fielder Mike Astrouski.
Once Eastern Illinois tied to game at three runs apiece in the top of the fourth inning, junior Ivan Nails (Horn Lake, Miss./Southwest Tenn. CC) entered the game in relief of freshman starter Josh Syberg (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS).
Nails, with one out and runners on first and second, forced the first batter he faced to hit into an inning-ending double play. He went on to retire the first eight batters he faced in the game.
Southeast re-claimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS) started the two-out rally with a solo home run to right field, his third of the season and second this week. Two more runs scored on sophomore Matt Wulfers' (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Missouri) single through the right side of the infield with the bases loaded.
Padilla added to the lead with a grand slam in the seventh inning. The four-run bomb was Padilla's seventh homer of the season, and it was the fifth grand slam by a Redhawks batter this year.
The second baseman recorded his third consecutive two-hit game and extended his hitting streak to six games. He was 2-for-5 Sunday and drove in a career-high six RBIs, the sixth time this year that a Redhawks batter has recorded six runs batted in.
Nails, meanwhile, pitched a season-high five and two-thirds innings and did not allow a run to score until there were two outs in the ninth inning. He improved to 3-2 with the win and gave up just three hits and one walk; the right-hander also struck out one batter.
Southeast concludes its six-game home stand Wednesday when they host Arkansas State. First pitch between the Redhawks and Indians is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and Bluff City Beer Co. will be the game sponsor.