Feb. 11, 2007
By Jeff Honza
DeLAND, Fla.-Senior left-hander Chris Ingoglia allowed four hits and struck out eight in six innings to lead Stetson University (2-1) to a 3-0 shutout against Southern Illinois (1-2) earlier today at Melching Field.
Ingoglia, who improved to 16-2 lifetime at home, guided the Hatters to their second series win against the Dawgs in the last three years.
SIU pounded out 10 hits and did not commit an error in its lone win of the series Saturday, but struggled both offensively and defensively today.
Ingoglia, who faced SIU for the first time, didn't need much run support, as he had the Salukis guessing all day.
Ingoglia set the tempo by retiring 12 of his first 15 hitters. He sat the Dawgs down in order in each of the first and fourth innings, and only six runners reached base against him.
SIU came up empty with runners in scoring position on five occasions prior to the seventh inning, which is where a close play at second base seemed to end all Saluki hopes of a comeback.
With Ingoglia out of the game and Hatter reliever Justin Dechert on the mound, Michael Finigan drew a leadoff walk.
On the next play, Adam Hills hit a routine grounder to shortstop Kevin Johnson, who bobbled the ball. Johnson then threw late to second. Hills appeared to be safe, but was called out on a bang-bang play.
Dechert then proceeded to retire eight of the last nine Saluki hitters en route to his first save of the season.
Ingoglia, now 1-0 on the year, threw 92 pitches before leaving the game in the seventh.
Offensively, SU scored three unearned runs with the help of three Saluki errors.
Johnson reached on an error and came around to score to give the Hatters a 1-0 lead in the third.
Braedyn Pruitt also reached on an error to start the sixth. Pruitt advanced to second on an Justin Bass's ensuing single and touched home when Brian Pruitt doubled to left. Pruitt scored when Josh Clendenin grounded out to first.
Joy (0-1) gave up seven hits and struck out two in six innings of work. He also pitched four scoreless innings in his Saluki debut.
"I really liked the way we pitched today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We just didn't swing it well enough or play good defense to support our pitching effort."
Mark Kelly went 2-for-4 to lead SIU at the plate.
"Mark had a nice weekend behind the plate and on offense and I was pleased with all three of our starting pitchers," stated Callahan.
SIU returns to action next weekend when it heads to the University of Southern Mississippi Tournament (Feb. 16-18). The Salukis open tournament play against the host Golden Eagles on Friday at 4 p.m., CST.
Series Notes: Sophomore Mark Kelly hit .455 (5-for-11) with a run scored, one double and four RBI on the weekend...Kelly also boasted a .545 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage in three starts behind the plate...Kevin Koski made his 130th consecutive start in the Saluki outfield today...SIU snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday, but has gone 2-9 in its last 11 games dating back to May 12, 2006...Head Coach Dan Callahan fell to 9-22 all-time versus Florida teams...The Salukis lost a series at Stetson for the second time in three years (2005, 2007)...SIU lost on Sunday against the Hatters for the first time...The Salukis won the third game of the series in 1996, 1999 and 2005.