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    March 8, 2006

    Box Score

    By Brian Feldt

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - South Dakota State (1-6) scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-7 win over Southern Illinois (11-4) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.

    Charlie Weber took the mound for his first home start and gave up five runs in the first inning. The rough start just set the tone for the rest of the game.

    "They out-played us today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "Our pitching and defense were lousy."

    Weber issued three walks, which led to five runs, four of which were unearned.

    An inning later, four more Jackrabbits reached base and another run scored, before Ryan Welch relieved Weber.

    The Salukis, however, managed to pull to within a run after plating four runs in the third.

    Scott Elmendorf was hit by a pitch and later scored when Erik Alvarez grounded out to second. Grant Gerrard and Dean Cademartori then singled, before Nathan Emrick's double knocked in Gerrard.

    Moments later, Cademartori touched home on a wild pitch and Matt Brewer drove in Emrick on a sacrifice fly to cap the four run third inning.

    After both teams scored a run in the sixth, SIU still trailed, 7-6, but came to the plate with another chance to take the lead.

    But, Saluki leadoff hitter Kevin Koski grounded out with runners at second and third.

    Koski was held hitless for the second-straight game.

    "Kevin's struggling right now," said Callahan. "I think his confidence is a little shaky, but he still gave us two or three good at-bats. They just played him perfectly."



    Following a 25-minute rain delay, the Salukis went down in order in the ninth.

    SIU remains home to host Middle Tennessee State in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 2 p.m., CST. The three-game set marks the end of an eight-game homestand for the Dawgs.