Murray State edges Baseball 9-8

    Ryan Rosthenhausler drove in two runs in the game. He has five RBI in his last three games.

    Ryan Rosthenhausler drove in two runs in the game. He has five RBI in his last three games.
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    March 6, 2013

    Box Score

    MURRAY, Ky. – Southern Illinois could not hold onto an early 6-0 lead in a 9-8 loss to Murray State on a frigid and windy Wednesday afternoon at Reagan Field. The Salukis (5-6) issued 10 walks and hit four batters. Nine of those walks came in the fifth inning or later, and six of MSU’s nine runs were scored by runners who reached base on a walk or being hit by a pitch.

    “Our pitchers gave us no chance to win that game,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “We played hard. Our effort was good, but we didn’t play well. With 14 free passes, that will be the easiest win Murray State has all year.”

    Murray State’s Brandon Eggenschwiler’s RBI single broke an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the seventh to give the Thoroughbreds the lead for good. The hit came off of Aaron Snyder, who was in his first full inning of work. Snyder hit Paul Ritzheimer to lead off the inning, and Ritzheimer scored what proved to be the winning run.

    Snyder took the loss for the Salukis to drop his record to 1-2 on the year. He allowed one run off two hits in one and two-thirds of an inning pitched.

    The Salukis surrendered eight combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings due in large part to six walks and two hit batsmen, which gave the Breds an 8-6 lead. However, SIU fought back to tie the game at 8-8 in the seventh on Austin Montgomery’s clutch two-run single to left field. Montgomery finished the game three-for-five and also scored a run in the Dawgs’ five-run fourth inning.

    “We gave away a few ABs early, but we kept battling,” Henderson said. “We played hard. I can’t fault our effort at all. We kept battling. We had some clutch ABs, and we scored enough runs to win.”

    Montgomery’s game-tying hit came off Will Handlin, who entered the game after the first two Salukis reached base to lead off the seventh. Handlin finished the game, tossing three innings to earn the win for Murray State. He was not charged with any runs.



    SIU was in control of the game early, building a 6-0 lead through the first four innings. However, the Thoroughbreds responded with their own five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to one. The final three runs of the inning came on a bases loaded error. With two outs, Noah Zipko hit a ground ball to third base. Cody Daily initially had trouble fielding the hard hit ball, and his hurried throw to first base was off the mark, allowing all three runners to score on the play.

    Southern’s starting pitcher, Bryce Sablotny, left with a 6-2 lead and the bases loaded in the fifth inning. After limiting MSU to three hits in four scoreless innings to start the game, he retired the first batter of the fifth and then allowed the next five batters to reach before departing the game.

    “All of a sudden something goes wrong and then he can’t get anybody out,” Henderson said. “If he’s going to continue to do that, then he’s not going to get to pitch. He has better stuff than that. There’s something going on mentally, and he can’t fight through the adversity right now.”

    Sablotny was charged with five runs, although only two of them were earned, in four and a third innings of work. He allowed just five hits but issued three walks and hit two batters.

    SIU will look to even its record on Friday when it opens a three-game series with Northern Illinois at Abe Martin Field.