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    Feb. 17, 2007

    Box Score

    By Jeff Honza

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mark Kelly knocked in the game's decisive run and Cody Adams tied a career-high six strikeouts in Southern Illinois University's 3-2 come-from-behind win over Northwestern State earlier today at the Coca-Cola Southern Mississippi Baseball Classic.

    SIU (2-3) trailed NWSU (1-5) on two occasions before Kevin Koski scored the game-winning run on Kelly's one-out single in the seventh.

    Koski led off the inning with a double down the left field line, moved to third on an error and scored easily when Kelly ripped Demon reliever Ryan Campbell's first pitch into right field.

    Kelly's team-high fifth RBI of the season came after both teams dueled to a pair of ties.

    NWSU quickly pulled ahead 1-0 when Bran Richey led the game off with a solo home run. Richey fell behind 1-2 in the count before blasting Adams' sixth pitch deep over the left field wall.

    SIU knotted the game at 1-1 with the help of three-straight two-out hits in the fifth.

    Scott Elmendorf doubled down the left field line and scored on Dean Cademartori's ensuing hit to center. The Salukis had gone scoreless for 24 consecutive innings prior to Elmendorf's run.

    After giving up just the second home run of his career, Adams no-hit the Demons for four-straight innings, and at one time, retired 11 in a row.

    Adams, however, ran into trouble with two outs in the sixth.

    Bernard Williams singled to center, went to third on Dylan Libadisos' double and scored on a wild pitch to regain a 2-1 edge for the Demons.

    But, SIU answered in bottom half of the inning when Bret Maugeri reached on an error and scored on a one-out single by Michael Finigan.



    "I thought we did a great job of batling back to win a close game," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We showed good character."

    Adams, who improved to 2-0 on the year, allowed just four hits in a career-long 7.2 innings. He also recorded six strikeouts in a game for the third time in his career.

    "When you pound the strikezone and show you have command, you can set the tone, and that's exactly what Cody did," said Callahan. "We weren't brilliant on offense, but Adams pitched well enough to win a tight game."

    Ian Reinhart was credited with the Dawgs' first save of the season.

    Left-hander Fraser Robinson (0-2) suffered the loss for NWSU. Robinson gave up nine hits and three runs in six innings.

    Offensively, the Salukis out-hit the Demons, 10-5.

    Koski and Elmendorf each went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while Kelly and Adam Hills added two hits apiece.

    SIU faces Louisville in the final day of the Coca-Cola Southern Mississippi Classic tomorrow at 11 a.m., CST. Shawn Joy will take the mound for the Dawgs.

    Game Notes: Adam Hills went hitless in his first 13 at-bats prior to his two-out single in the second inning...He was SIU's cleanup hitter in his first three starts, but went 2-for-4 out of the seven-hole today...Kevin Koski (233) moved into a tie for eighth with Bert Newman (1973-76) in all-time career hits at SIU...Cody Adams allowed only the second home run of his career...He went 62.1 consecutive innings without giving up a homer prior to today...Adams allowed his only other home run in his first career start at Florida Atlantic on Feb. 12, 2006...the Salukis left a season-high 12 runners on base...SIU reached double-digit hits for the second time in five games...SIU beat Northwestern State for the first time under head coach Dan's win was the first under Callahan against either of the three teams at the Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic -- 1-1 vs. Northwestern State; 0-4 vs. Southern Miss; 0-3 vs. Louisville.