Baseball's Championship Run Ends In a 15-12 Loss To Jacksonville State In Semi-Finals
May 28, 2011
JACKSON, TENN. -The Southeast Missouri baseball team ended the 2011 season with a 15-12 loss to Jacksonville State in the semi-finals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Redhawks ended the season with a 34-22 record, the third most wins in school history.
Kenton Parmley had four hits in six at-bats, all singles, and drove in three runs. Tim Rupp went 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Brett Russell went 2-for-4 with three RBI, one walk and one run. Ky Burgess went 2-for-4 with three runs, one RBI and a double. Casey Jones, Trenton Moses, Louie Haseltine and Blake Slattery all had doubles in the game. Michael Adamson had one hit and stole his 16th base of the season.
Nick Thomas started and threw 3.2 innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out three batters. Shae Simmons picked up the loss after pitching one-third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and a walk. Christian Hull threw one-third of an inning. He gave up one run on one hit. Trent Wise pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Logan Mahon threw the final four innings. He gave up four runs on six hits and struck out three batters.
Nick Harris' one out, hit by pitch sparked a big inning from the Redhawks in the first inning. Michael Adamson followed with a walk and Trenton Moses moved Harris to third with a fly out to the warning track in dead center. After Adamson stole second base, Brett Russell plated both runs with a single up the middle. Casey Jones doubled to left center on an 0-and-1 pitch that moved Russell to third and he would score on a fielding error by left fielder Jake Sharrock. Ky Burgess drove in Jones with a double to left center, the Redhawks fourth run and third hit of the inning.
Jacksonville State answered with four runs in the top of the third inning.
A two RBI double by Sam Eberle and a two run home run by Ben Waldrip gave the momentum back to the Gamecocks.
Jake Sharrock and Eberle reached base to start the JSU fifth inning off of reliever Shae Simmons and Waldrip launched his second home run of the game to give the Gamecocks a 7-4 lead.
After Christian Hull replaced Simmons on the mound, Eric Underwood singled through the right side just out of the reach of Tim Rupp, which would score one run. Trent Wise replaced Hull and after getting the second out of the inning, gave up an RBI single to right field, giving Jacksonville State a 9-4 lead after four and a half innings.
Nick Harris drew a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the fifth inning and Trenton Moses moved him to third on a double down the right field line. Brett Russell's ground out to second brought Harris home, cutting the deficit to four runs.
Jacksonville State added five more runs in the top of the sixth inning on six hits.
Coty Blanchard led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to third on Sharrock's double to left center. Logan Mahon came in to relieve Wise and intentionally walked Eberle to load the bases and set up a force out. Waldrip singled to right field to score two runs and Kyle Bluestein singled up the middle for two more runs, extending the Gamecock lead to 13-5. Andrew Bishop singled through the left side with one out to score Underwood from second, but Southeast got out of the inning on a double play ball started by Kenton Parmley.
Southeast chipped away at the deficit but putting two runs on the board in the sixth inning.
Ky Burgess led off with a single through the left side and advanced to third on a fielding error by Coty Blanchard off the bat of Tim Rupp. Blake Slattery picked up a sac fly to right field that scored Burgess. After Parmley singled to right field, Nick Harris picked up an RBI on a ground out to third.
Southeast Missouri scored three more runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ky Burgess reached on a fielder's choice that erased Casey Jones' leadoff single. Tim Rupp blasted a two run home run to left field to cut the deficit to five runs. Slattery followed with a double down the left field line and Parmley drove him in with a single to left field.
After seven complete, the Redhawks were down 14-10.
Kyle Bluestein gave the Gamecocks another run on a solo shot to left center, extending their lead to 15-10.
The Redhawks would not go down without a fight, plating two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Burgess walked with two outs on a full count to start the rally. Rupp followed with a single to left center and pinch hitter Kody Campbell drew a ten pitch walk off of all-conference closer Todd Hornsby. With the bases loaded, Parmley drove in two runs with a single to left field, cutting the deficit to 15-12.
Louie Haseltine led off the ninth and final inning with a double to left center and moved to third on Moses' ground out to first. After Brett Russell walked, Casey Jones represented the tying run at the plate, but grounded into a game ending double play.
The Redhawks ended the 2011 season with the third-most wins in school history, with 34 wins and 22 losses.