Feb. 25, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Freshman Cody Adams recorded six strikeouts in a sparkling seven innings to lead Southern Illinois University (7-1) to its sixth-straight victory, as the Salukis defeated Central Michigan (2-3), 11-3, earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
In his second start of the season, Adams set the tone early by limiting CMU to just three hits in five shutout innings. Adams, who hails from Viola, Ill., also retired 10 of 11 Chippewas between the second and fifth frames, as only one runner (by an error) reached base in that span.
While Adams was dealing, it didn't take long for the red-hot Saluki offense to get him a lead.
Dean Cademartori plated a pair of runs on a two-out double to give SIU a 2-0 cushion in the first.
SIU then added three runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings to bury the Chippewas.
A sacrifice fly by Hunter Harrigan and singles by Kevin Koski and Tyler Lairson brought home the three runs in the fourth, while a two-run homer by Lairson and a three-base error by CMU right fielder J.T. Jones capped the three-run sixth.
Two innings later, CMU's pitching and defense fell apart.
Aided by three walks, two wild pitches, an error and a passed ball, SIU upped its lead to 11-2 before the Chippewas scored one last time in the ninth.
Adams, who moved to 1-0 on the year, also allowed two runs and six hits in his longest outing of the young season.
Kurt Lauscher (0-1) suffered the loss for CMU after scattering nine hits and allowing seven runs in 5.1 frames. Lauscher also struck out one and walked three in his first start of the season.
Koski, Cademartori, Lairson and Bret Maugeri each had two hits to pace the Dawgs, offensively.
While Koski and Cademartori got the job done at the top of the order, Maugeri and Lairson did their part at the bottom.
Maugeri and Lairson, who hit eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively, combined for four hits, four runs and three RBI. Also, Lairson's home run in the sixth marked the first of his career.
SIU, who has put up double-digit hits and runs in all three of its wins against CMU, wraps up the four-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.