Sam Coonrod allowed three runs, one of them earned, in his first six innings of work.
March 22, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Southern Illinois surrendered five runs to Indiana State in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a tight pitchers’ duel into a lopsided 8-1 loss Friday afternoon at Bob Warn Field.
The Sycamores (9-7, 1-0 MVC) stretched their lead to 8-0 in the five-run seventh, sending 11 men to the plate in the inning. Southern Illinois (9-12, 0-1 MVC) used three pitchers and issued five walks in the frame.
“To win on the weekends,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said, “you have to score when you have opportunities, and you have to make teams earn what they get. Those are things you have to do in order to be successful in conference games, and we didn’t do that.”
Prior to the big inning, Indiana State built a 3-0 lead with timely hitting. The Sycamores struck for a single run in the bottom of the first when Koby Kraemer hit a one-out double and scored on Robby Ort’s single to left field.
The Sycamores extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of unearned runs off of SIU starter Sam Coonrod in the fifth. The inning started when Tyler Wampler reached on an error and moved to third on Landon Curry’s hit-and-run. Wampler scored on Koby Kraemer’s double, and Robby Ort followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Curry.
“The difference in the ballgame is that when they had opportunities, they executed,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “We had our opportunities and didn’t capitalize.”
Indiana State starter Sean Manaea held SIU to three hits in seven scoreless innings to earn the win. The preseason All-American struck out eight Salukis and issued two walks.
Coonrod pitched just as effectively as Manaea before running out of steam in the seventh inning. Coonrod allowed one earned run off five hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in his first six innings of work before surrendering four more runs off three hits and a walk in the seventh.
SIU got its only run of the game when Jake Welch led off the eighth inning with a home run. However, the Salukis had chances earlier in the game.
Rennie Troggio hit a one-out double in the first inning but was stranded at second base. The Salukis had an identical situation in the seventh when Ryan Casillas doubled with one out and remained at second base when the inning concluded. SIU advanced a runner to scoring position in four of the first seven innings but never came up with the big hit.
The Dawgs will conclude the series on Saturday with a doubleheader against Indiana State. The first pitch is scheduled for noon Central Time.