March 4, 2006
By Josh Searby
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Nick Hall threw a four-hit, complete game shutout, as Northern Illinois University (3-5) blanked Southern Illinois (10-2), 8-0, earlier today at Abe Martin Field. The shutout ended the Dawgs' nine-game winning streak.
Only four SIU baserunners made it into scoring position against Hall (2-1), who also had five strikeouts en route to his second win of the year.
"Hall threw well enough that he didn't need eight runs," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "He competed well and didn't give us a lot of scoring opportunities."
The Salukis had a chance to get on the board in the second inning when Ryan Enata reached on an error and moved to third on Bret Maugeri's double. Kevin Koski then walked to load the bases, but SIU came up empty after Nathan Emrick grounded out to third.
That ended up being SIU's only major threat, as just four Salukis reached base against Hall for the remainder of the game.
"We didn't get the base hit we needed early on," said Callahan. "Had we gotten a hit in that situation, the game might have ended differently."
Meanwhile, NIU capitalized on its scoring chances with the help of several SIU errors.
Namely, in the sixth, where the Huskies scored six runs on four hits and two Saluki miscues.
Four of NIU's runs came home thanks to one-out RBI-hits by Brian Smith, Pat Minogue and Scott Simon (2), while the other two scored on a hit batsmen and a fielder's choice.
Ahead, 7-0, after the rout, NIU pushed one more run across when Minogue lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Freshman right-hander Cody Adams (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after scattering eight hits and allowing six runs in 5.1 innings. Adams also walked two, struck out six and pitched four scoreless innings.
The Salukis and Huskies wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m., CST.