Southeast Shutdown by EKU
May 2, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - After being rained out of Saturday's action and not having played since last Sunday, the Southeast Missouri State University baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader today at Capaha Field to the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University. EKU won the first game 11-4, and took game two 3-0.
Eastern Kentucky (28-9, 10-7 OVC) banged out 15 hits in the opener, as the Colonels own the nation's best team batting average. Southeast was held to just three hits against EKU hurler Dan Bachman in game one.
Southeast led off the scoring as junior leadoff hitter Eric Horstman doubled down the left-field line, narrowly beating the throw into second base. He then advanced to third as senior third baseman Gary Gilbert reached base on an error by Bachman. Horstman later scored on an RBI groundout by junior Frankie Montiel, and Gilbert scored on a Freddy Lopez sacrifice fly. The Tribe took a 2-0 lead after one inning by putting just one hit on the board.
Southeast was held hitless by Bachman throughout the game until the seventh, and final, inning. Meanwhile, Eastern Kentucky scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, three runs in the fifth and exploded for six runs in the sixth inning.
Junior hurler Mike Fitch (3-4) went four innings, but was lifted in the fifth after facing three batters. Fitch took the loss from the mound after striking out five while giving up four runs on eight hits. Junior Anthony Maupin came in to relieve Fitch and allowed six runs in just one and one-third innings while striking out three Colonel batters. Junior Ryan Forsyth closed out the game for the Indians, going the last inning and two-thirds and allowed just one run scored.
EKU's Stephen Carter, Brett Bolger and Derrick Bussell each had three hits, and right fielder Chris O'Dell hit a three-run home run to center field in the sixth inning.
Bachman (4-1) carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning, but allowed a Brady Noll single and a Bo Jenkins home run in the inning. He would walk the next two batters before closing the door on the complete-game victory.
In game two, EKU freshman starter Chris Grider shut down the Southeast offense with a three-hit complete game victory. Grider (7-2) faced just three over the minimum while striking out six Indians batters.
The only scoring of the game came in the Colonel's third inning. With one out, Derrick Bussell walked. He went to third on a double by Stephen Carter. Bussell scored and Carter went to third on a wild pitch. Carter scored on an RBI groundout. Then, senior All-American third baseman Neil Sellers hit a solo home run to right field to give EKU a 3-0 lead.
Southeast will next play Thursday against Evansville. The Tribe will host the Purple Aces at Capaha Field at 6 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.