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    Feb. 28, 2008

    By Jeff Honza

    Box Score

    MARTIN, Tenn. - Southern Illinois University (2-2) registered eight runs and nine hits with two outs in a 10-6 win over Tennessee-Martin (0-5) earlier today at Skyhawk Field. The Salukis handed the Skyhawks their fifth-straight loss of the season.

    SIU pounded out a season-high 16 hits, with eight of nine starters contributing at least one apiece.

    "I was happy with the way we played today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We were aggressive at the plate and hit very well with two outs. I also thought we pitched well enough to win the game."

    The Salukis jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after scoring once in the first, three times in the second and twice in the third.

    Adam Hills singled home Bret Maugeri for the first run of the game. An inning later, the Dawgs rallied for four two-out hits.

    Owen Mackedon singled to center and went to second when Maugeri was hit by a pitch. Scott Elmendorf, Hills and Mark Kelly followed with RBI-hits to give the Salukis a four-run cushion.

    Mackedon again ignited a two-out attack in the third when he walked out of the nine-hole. He went to second on an ensuing single by Maugeri, before Elmendorf doubled home both runners.

    SIU then dealt UTM its biggest blow in the fifth.

    With a run already in and runners at first and second with two outs, Hills launched a three-run homer over the wall in right center to give the Dawgs a 10-2 lead. Hills was only the second Saluki to hit a home run in SIU's last 16 games dating back to May 4, 2007.



    But, UTM would not go down without a fight. The Skyhawks got to SIU's bullpen in the seventh and started chipping away at the Saluki lead.

    Adam Curynski gave up three runs and three hits in one inning, as UTM narrowed the gap to 10-5 in the seventh.

    Back-to-back infield singles helped push across another run for the Skyhawks, who later had the bases loaded with two outs against Daniel Wells in the eighth. Wells, however, gave way to Ian Reinhart, who caught Lucas Wilmore looking on strikes to silence the threat.

    Reinhart went on to retire the Skyhawks in order in the ninth, securing his first save of the season.

    After two shaky relief appearances, Andrew Dunn (1-0) recovered nicely in his first career start. Dunn gave up four hits and two runs, while striking out two and walking one in six innings. He threw nine pitches as part of a one-two-three first inning and retired eight of the first 10 hitters he faced.

    "I thought Andrew did a nice job setting the tone for us today," said Callahan. "He had good command and pitched well with a lead."

    Shawn McElyea (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up eight hits and five runs in 2.2 innings.

    SIU also set a season-high in runs.

    Maugeri, who started for the injured Aaron Roberts in right field, accounted for four of those tallies. Roberts was injured during pre-game batting practice, but is expected to be back in the starting lineup for SIU's series-opener against Northern Illinois Saturday.

    Offensively, Hills, Elmendorf and Mackedon did the most damage, joining forces for nine of SIU's hits.

    Hills narrowly missed hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-6 with a run scored, single, double, home run and career-high five RBI. Elmendorf finished at a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and career-high four RBI, and Mackedon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

    Mackedon, along with Chris Murphy (2) and Lou Johanns (2), added seven hits out of the bottom of the order.

    UTM was led by Miles Hartsfield, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI.

    SIU hit a blazing .556 (10-for-18) in two-out situations on the day.

    SIU returns to action when it opens a three-game series against Northern Illinois Saturday. The Salukis and Huskies will play a 3 p.m. doubleheader Saturday, before closing out their series with a 4 p.m., CST, first pitch Sunday. All three games of the series will be played at Rent One Ballpark in Marion.