Derek Trovillion gave SIU it's first lead with a seventh inning RBI single.
March 4, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Western Kentucky scored four runs in the eighth inning to steal a victory from SIU, 6-4, Monday afternoon at Abe Martin Field. The Salukis (5-5) held a 3-2 lead before a leadoff error opened the door for the rally, which took three pitchers to quell.
The pivotal inning began with a ground ball off the glove of SIU shortstop Ryan Rosthenhausler. SIU pitcher Cody Forsythe rebounded to induce a fielder’s choice that was nearly turned into a double play. Forsythe then hit the next batter to put two aboard with one out. WKU’s Regan Flaherty followed and tied the game at 3-3 when he chopped a ball past the first base bag and down the right field line to score Thomas Peter and knock Forsythe out of the game.
Todd Eaton relieved Forsythe and walked Ryan Hack to load the bases. Eaton then hit pinch hitter Adam Lavelle to force in a run and surrender the lead. Ryan Messex followed with a two-run single that extended the lead to 6-3 before Aaron Snyder entered two batters later with the bases again loaded to record the final out of the inning.
“A leadoff error shouldn’t lead to four runs,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “If we minimize it there, then even if they score one or two, we’re still in the ball game. We need to minimize it and not let them put crooked numbers up.”
The big inning deflated the Salukis, who had battled back from an early 2-0 hole to take their first lead of the game at 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Derek Trovillion gave the Dawgs that short-lived lead with an infield single to score Ryan Casillas. However, SIU stranded two runners in the inning and a season-high 14 total in the game.
“That game wasn’t decided in the eighth inning,” Henderson said. “That game was decided in the first seven innings. We had ample opportunities to put that game away. We just didn’t have many clutch ABs.”
Cody Forsythe took the loss for SIU and evened his record at 1-1 despite a tremendous effort. He had allowed just one earned run off five hits in the first seven innings of the game. The senior had retired 13 out of his last 14 batters through the end of the seventh inning.
“Cody was outstanding today,” Henderson said. “That’s as tough as he’s been in a long time. He was in complete control of the game. He did a great job, and he deserved better. But it’s a team game, and somebody will pick him up next time.”
Tanner Perkins recorded the win for the Hilltoppers despite allowing a run in his one inning of relief. He improved his record to 2-0.
After recording all three outs in the seventh, Perkins surrendered a leadoff single to Jake Welch then walked Rosthenhausler before departing with no outs in the eighth. Ryan Casillas singled off Taylor Haydel to drive home Welch. That cut the deficit to 6-4 and brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but Haydel retired the final five Salukis in order to earn the save.
SIU will look to regroup quickly as it travels to Murray State Tuesday for a 2 p.m. game.