Jake Welch stroked a two-out, two-run double in the second inning as part of a four-run rally.
Feb. 24, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Salukis let a late lead slip away as they failed to sweep Jacksonville State with a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon at Rudy Abbott Field Field. SIU (4-3) held onto a 4-3 lead before the Gamecocks (3-5) scored two unearned runs off three errors in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal the game and snap SIU’s three-game winning streak.
“We just weren’t a very mentally tough ballclub today,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “That’s something we have to work on. It’s not a lack of confidence. We just made too many mistakes today to win a ballgame.”
Aaron Snyder took the loss when he allowed two unearned runs off two hits in the seventh inning.
The go-ahead run came home with Tyler Dray on the mound facing his first batter in relief of Snyder. Griff Gordon hit a groundball off the glove of SIU shortstop Ryan Rosthenhausler with two outs in the seventh to score Adam Miller from third base. Miller had tied the game at 4-4 with a pinch hit single earlier in the inning. Miller’s single scored Zach Elbirt who reached on an error, stole second base and moved to third on the play when the ball went off Rosthenhausler’s glove and into centerfield.
“The big play was not throwing the guy out at second base,” Henderson said. “If we make that play, we have two outs and nobody on and get out of that inning. Then it’s a whole different ballgame.”
Jacksonville State starter Casey Antley took home the win. he allowed four runs off six hits in seven innings of work to improve his record to 2-0.
SIU had built a 4-1 lead with a four-run second inning rally. After the first two batters of the inning went quietly, Brock Harding and Derek Trovillion hit back-to-back singles, and Rennie Troggio drew a walk to load the bases. Jake Welch gave the Salukis a 2-1 lead with a double to right field to score Harding and Trovillion. Rosthenhausler followed with a single to left to score Welch and Troggio and extend the lead to 4-1.
“We hit some balls right at them,” Henderson said. “You can’t control that. You have to keep battling. I don’t think it was a matter of quality ABs. We just didn’t have anything to show for it.”
Starter Derek Fogel pitched well for the Salukis but took a no-decision. He allowed three runs off four hits in six innings of work. One of those runs came home as the result of a dropped flyball that was not ruled an error. Fogel struck out three, did not issue any walks and departed with SIU in front with a 4-3 lead.
“I thought he threw well enough to win,” Henderson said. “He didn’t walk anybody, made a couple minor mistakes, but I thought he was much better today, and he gave us a chance to win. You certainly can’t fault him for his effort.”
Jacksonville cut SIU’s lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning. Gordon led off the inning with a single. Paschal Petrongolo tripled him home to cut it to 4-2 and then scored when Andrew Bishop grounded out to make it a one-run game.
The Salukis could not take advantage of the few opportunities they had in the middle innings. SIU got a lead off single in the fourth, but a double play erased the threat. In the sixth inning, Austin Montgomery drew a one-out walk and was picked off first base.
We just made too many mental mistakes to win a ball game today,” Henderson said. “We made some physical errors, but I’m disappointed in our mental mistakes. All day long we made mental mistakes that don’t show up in the scorebook, but we lost a one-run game because we made too many mistakes.”