March 16, 2006
By Jeff Honza
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Iowa (7-6) scored 13 runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to overcome a five-run deficit and beat Southern Illinois (13-7), 15-9, earlier today at Wolff Stadium. The Hawkeyes completed a two-game sweep of the Dawgs.
SIU held a 7-2 lead after five innings before Iowa pulled to within a run after scoring once in the sixth and three times in the seventh.
The Hawkeyes then plated nine runs against a SIU bullpen, which merely self-destructed in the eighth.
Saluki closer Dusty Baker gave up seven runs (four earned), issued two walks and allowed three hits in the disasterous inning, which saw 12 Hawkeyes come to the plate.
SIU held an 8-6 lead entering the eighth, before Iowa rallied for nine consecutive runs.Travis Sweet reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a one-out single by Brian Burmster. Wes Freie then walked and scored the tying run when Dusty Napoleon hit into a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded and still just one away, the next three runs scored via a walk, hit batsman and passed ball. Sweet then doubled home three more runs, and scored on an ensuing double by Freie.
Tim Gudex improved to 3-0 on the year after allowing a hit and striking out one in 1.1 scoreless innings.
Baker (4-1), who suffered his first loss of the season, was one of six Saluki relievers who took the mound after starter Cody Adams left the game with the bases loaded in the sixth.
SIU and Iowa were tied 2-2, before the Salukis took their five-run lead in the fifth.
Scott Elmendorf scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Brewer, and four two-out hits and a walk followed. Dean Cademartori singled down the left field line and touched home on a double by Bret Maugeri. Brendan Lutz then delivered a two-RBI single and scored on Tyler Lairson's hit to left.
Sweet, Hoef and Burmester each had two hits to lead the Hawkeyes, who out-hit SIU, 15-14.
SIU faces Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m., CST, tomorrow.