March 3, 2007
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Sophomore right-hander Cody Adams recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and threw seven scoreless innings to lead Southern Illinois University (9-3) to its eighth consecutive win with a 5-1 victory over Northern Illinois (1-4) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
Adams, who hails from Viola, Ill., gave up a solo home run in the second, but blanked the Huskies from there on out.
Immediately after Jesse Sekora's leadoff homer in the second, Adams carved up NIU for eight strikeouts. Also, only two baserunners made it past second base in eight innings against Adams.
"Cody again set the tone and gave us a chance to win," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "He has great command and excellent control of the strikezone."
SIU, which came from behind to win seven-straight games, didn't have to do that today.
After Seykora tied the game, SIU regained a 2-1 edge during its turn in the second.
The Salukis added another run in the third, fourth and sixth innings to give Adams a five-run cushion.
Cerven then extended the lead to 5-1 when he singled and scored in the sixth.
Adams, who has struck out 18 in his last two starts, remained undefeated at 4-0 on the year. He also allowed seven hits, one run and issued a walk in a career-long eight innings.
Adams now boasts a 0.93 ERA with 28 strikeouts and six walks in 29 innings over four starts this season.
Trevor Feeney suffered his first loss for NIU. He allowed nine hits and five runs, while striking out three and walking two in seven innings.
Offensively, the Salukis reached double-digit hits for the third game in a row.
SIU, which out-hit NIU, 11-8, was led by Cerven's three hits. Cerven went 3-for-4 with a run scored in his first career start. Kelly and Roberts followed with two hits each.
The Salukis also put their leadoff man on base in four of seven innings against Feeney.
SIU and NIU wrap up their series tomorrow at 1 p.m., CST. Junior left-hander Shawn Joy (0-1) will take the mound, as the Salukis go after their second consecutive sweep of a Mid-American Conference opponent.