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    Feb. 17, 2006

    Box Score

    By Jeff Honza

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Grant Gerrard went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and career-high five RBI to lead Southern Illinois (3-1) to an 8-5 win over Dallas Baptist (3-2) earlier today at the CW Lighting Invitational Tournament, hosted by Sam Houston State.

    Gerrard, who became the fourth Saluki to homer this season, hit a two-run bomb in the third inning. The long ball marked the sixth of his career.

    An inning later, Gerrard knocked in a couple more runs on a two-out double. The key hits helped SIU build a four-run lead (6-2), before the Dawgs went on to win, 8-5.

    "Grant had a good day. He was seeing the ball well and took some good swings," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "I had a feeling he was going to have a big day because he was swinging it well in batting practice."

    Gerrard's five RBI surpassed his previous career-high of four, which came at New Orleans on Feb. 20, 2005.

    Kevin Koski (2) and Dean Cademartori (3) combined for five of SIU's other hits. The Salukis finished with 13 on the day, marking the third time in four games that SIU has registered 10 or more hits.

    Senior left-hander Tyler Norrick (1-0) picked up his first win of the season. In his second-straight start, Norrick recorded three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

    Adam Snyder relieved Norrick and struck out one in the last 2.2 innings to earn his first save. For Snyder, the save also marked the eighth of his career, as he moved into a sixth-place tie with Jim Pecoraro (1997-00) on SIU's all-time saves list.

    SIU returns to action at the Sam Houston State Tournament tomorrow. The Salukis take on the tourney-host Bearkats at 4 p.m., CST. Due to inclement weather, the start time was moved from the teams' initially scheduled 7 p.m., first pitch.