Casey Jones Homered Twice to Power Baseball Past UT Martin, 12-7
May 27, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri Sports Information
JACKSON, TENN. – Senior Jon Dicus threw 145 pitches and a complete game to keep the Southeast Missouri baseball team alive in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Redhawks defeated UT Martin, 12-7 and will now face Tennessee Tech at 3 pm.
Dicus gave up four earned runs on ten hits in the game, his second complete game of his career and second in his last three starts. He struck out two batters and walked three. He was just 15 pitches shy of the OVC tournament record of 163, set last night by Tennessee Tech’s pitcher.
Casey Jones led the offense with six RBI, including a grand slam and a two run home run. Michael Adamson went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Brett Russell had two hits, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Kenton Parmley, Nick Harris, Trenton Moses, Blake Slattery and Jesse Tierney each added a hit.
UT Martin poked three consecutive singles to start the game off of Jon Dicus and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to left field. A fielder’s choice ground out to Moses got the Redhawks the second out and set up first and third. Wes Patterson drew a full count walk and Chase Okey would score from third on the ball four wild pitch to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Brett Russell led off the top of the second inning with a single to right field and Casey Jones tied the game with his fourth long ball of the season. Jones blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the top of the left field wall and onto the Jackson Generals clubhouse roof.
UT Martin took the lead with an RBI single off the bat of Cody Terry. Matt Young led off the inning with a single up the middle and stole second before Terry gave the Skyhawks the lead.
Southeast Missouri answered in the top of the third inning on a solo home run from Brett Russell. His laser shot to right field was his seventh home run of the year. Michael Adamson led off the inning with a line drive off the wall in left center field, but would be called out on an appeal at first base.
Southeast exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth inning. Slattery walked to start the inning and advanced to second on Rupp’s sacrifice bunt. He would move to third on a balk and score on Jesse Tierney’s bunt single. Parmley doubled off the wall in left center, moving Tierney to third. Nick Harris loaded the bases with a walk on five pitches, setting the stage for Adamson. He unloaded the second pitch off the top of the wall in left field, but the ball bounced back in to play. Adamson advanced to second on the throw to third base after two runs came home. Trenton Moses drew a four pitch walk to load the bases for Casey Jones. He crushed the second pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam, his second homer of the game.
Southeast held an 11-3 lead after three and a half innings.
Dicus retired eight straight batters before giving up a single to Cody Terry with one out in the fifth inning. That sparked a hit by pitch and a walk by the Skyhawks, setting up bases loaded for Wes Patterson. He reached on a fielding error by Tim Rupp in the hole, scoring Terry from third. Erik Larsen hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Owen from third. Dicus ended the inning with a ground out to short.
Southeast held an 11-4 lead after five complete innings.
Adamson led off the sixth inning with a single through the left side and then stole second. Trenton Moses drove him with a double to left center.
Dicus gave up just three hits through the final four innings of play. UT Martin scratched across a run in the ninth inning, but the Redhawks advanced to the next game by defeating the Skyhawks 12-6.