March 17, 2006
By Jeff Honza
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Junior right-hander Jeff Manship recorded eight strikeouts in eight innings to lead the University of Notre Dame (8-5) to a commanding 12-2 win over Southern Illinois (13-8) earlier today at Wolff Stadium.
Manship shutout SIU in his first five innings, before a pair of Fighting Irish errors led to the Dawgs' only two tallies in the sixth.
ND took an early 5-0 lead after plating three runs in the second and two in the fourth.
Kevin Koski then drew a lead off walk and Scott Elmendorf reached on an error to give the Dawgs runners at first and second with no outs in the sixth. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal, before Koski scored on a single by Erik Alvarez. Elmendorf touched home on an error by Fighting Irish catcher Sean Gaston to narrow the gap to 5-2.
The Irish answered with another run in each of the sixth and seventh frames, before burying the Salukis for good in the eighth.
Four singles, a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly led to five consecutive runs to start the ND eighth.
Craig Cooper singled up the middle and went to second on a walk by Danny Dressman. Jeremy Barnes' RBI-double and back-to-back run scoring singles by Matt Bransfield and Sean Gaston followed. Shortly after Alex Nettey was hit by a pitch for the third time, Eddie Smith singled home Bransfield and Gaston scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Lopez.
Manship, who moved to 2-0 on the year, also scattered seven hits and walked one.
Junior left-hander Adam Snyder (3-1) took the fall for SIU after giving up 11 hits and seven runs in 6.1 innings. Snyder, who made just his third career start, also struck out two and walked three.
Cooper went 3-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI to lead the Irish offense, which posted a season-high 17 hits on the day.
The Salukis have been outscored, 22-3, in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings over their first three games in San Antonio.
SIU concludes its spring break trip with one final game against ND tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., CST. Senior Matt Brewer will make his first career start on the hill.