Feb. 10, 2007
By Jeff Honza
DeLAND, Fla. - Southern Illinois University (1-1) pounded out 10 hits, did not commit an error and used a dominating pitching performance by Cody Adams to beat Stetson (1-1), 6-1, earlier tonight at Melching Field.
"I thought it was a true team effort. I think we played pretty well in all three phases of the game," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan.
In his first weekend start since March 11, 2006 (vs. Middle Tennessee State), Adams set the tone early and never let up.
A native of Viola, Ill., Adams gave up four hits, allowed one unearned run and struck out five in a sparkling 6.2 innings, the second-longest outing of his career.
He threw 6.1 innings of shutout baseball before the Hatters scored their only run with one out in the seventh. And, only seven Hatters reached base against him.
"Cody was unbelievable tonight," said Saluki pitching coach Tim Dixon. "He controlled the strikezone and was consistently ahead in the count. He threw three pitches for strikes when he wanted to and really controlled the game."
While Adams was cruising on the mound, the Saluki offense was jumping all over SU starter Nick Pugliese.
Koski led the game off with a single to right center and scored on an ensuing double by Elmendorf. Cademartori followed with a hit to left and Elmendorf advanced to third.
That same part of the order gave Pugliese more problems in the second.
With two away, Koski and Elmendorf rallied the Dawgs with back-to-back singles. Koski then touched home with the help of a passed ball and an error to push the Saluki lead to 4-0.
That marked the end for Pugliese (0-1), who gave up six hits and four runs in just 1.2 innings.
The Salukis extended their lead to 6-0 when Cademartori and Kelly each scored with two outs in the seventh.
Josh Clendenin then scored SU's only run in the bottom half of that inning.
Adams moved to 1-0 on the year.
Lawrence, after throwing six-straight balls, settled down to record two strikeouts in 1.1 innings, while Garner posted back-to-back strikeouts in the ninth.
Koski (2-for-5, 2 R), Elmendorf (2-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Cademartori (2-for-3, 2 R) combined to hit .462 (6-for-13) at the top of SIU's order.
"I thought Kevin, Scott and Dean did a great job of setting the table," said Callahan.
Tyler Choate also had two hits for the Dawgs.
The Salukis and Hatters wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at Noon, CST. Junior left-hander Shawn Joy will make his debut on the mound for SIU.