Salukis outlast Purdue, 5-4, in 16 innings

    Ryan Rosthenhausler's third hit of the game won it for SIU in the 16th inning.

    Ryan Rosthenhausler's third hit of the game won it for SIU in the 16th inning.
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    March 22, 2014

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    CARBONDALE, Ill. -  Southern Illinois outlasted Purdue with a 5-4 walk-off win in the 16th inning Saturday afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium. After the Salukis (12-9) stranded a runner in each of the previous 10 innings, Ryan Rosthenhausler's third hit of the day was an overdue game-winning, bases-loaded single to right-center field to even the series at a game apiece with the Boilermakers (3-15). Matt Jones crossed the plate as the game turned four hours old.

    "He threw me a fastball down the middle, and I was sitting on it," Rosthenhausler said. "Coach (Henderson) said if it's right down the middle, swing at it, and sure enough it was, so I did."

    SIU recorded a season-high 18 hits and stranded a season-high 18 runners, nine of which were in scoring position.

    "I'm proud of the fact that we had some good ABs," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "We also certainly had ample opportunity to end the game earlier when we had runners in scoring position, so that's something we need to continue to work on."

    Lee Weld pitched one scoreless inning in relief to earn his second win in SIU's last three games and improve his record to 2-0. His previous win came in a walk-off win on Tuesday.

    The Saluki bullpen combined to allow one hit in eight and a third scoreless innings as Purdue managed just two hits in the final 11 innings of the game.

    Kyle Pauly tossed four innings of relief and got out of a crucial jam in the top of the 15th. After allowing a leadoff double, he faced runners at the corners with one out and managed to escape by striking out Purdue's three and four hitters, Sean McHugh and Kyle Wood.

    "The bullpen was outstanding," Henderson said. "Kyle Pauly getting out of that jam was crucial. I thought that was an unbelievably huge inning for a freshman to step up in that environment."

    The Boilers' Kyle Johnson tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning with a two-out solo home run. It was the last pitch SIU starter Todd Eaton threw. Eaton allowed four runs off seven hits in seven and two-thirds innings.

    "Todd was pretty good today," Henderson said. "He got a double play ball after he gave up the leadoff hit (in the first inning), and I think once he got those two outs, he got on a roll and did a great job. He had a very good outing, but it feels like it was two days ago that he threw."

    Tyler Dray relieved Eaton and retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced. The lefty also had four strikeouts. The lone blemish on Dray's line was a hit batsman to start the 10th. He has now thrown eight and a third hitless innings to start the season.

    SIU overcame a 3-0 fifth inning deficit and took the lead with a three-run, two-out rally in the seventh inning. Casillas put SIU in front 4-3 with a two-run double that rolled all the way to the wall in right-center field, scoring Jake Welch and Cody Daily. One batter earlier, Rosthenhausler had scored from third base to cut the deficit to 3-2 when Daily beat out a double play ball that Purdue shortstop Hayden Grant initially bobbled.

    Casillas drove in three of SIU's runs. Daily and he hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-1.

    "Casillas stepped up twice with runners in scoring position," Henderson said. "That was crucial to get back in the game and get the lead back. Yesterday, we didn't get any big hits with runners in scoring position."

    Kyle Wood took the loss for Purdue. He threw two and a third innings of relief after starting the game at first base. It was the versatile Boiler's fifth appearance on the mound this season.

    The Salukis, who dropped to 1-4 in series openers with yesterday's loss, improved to 7-1 on Saturdays in 2014.

    "We were coming off a tough loss yesterday, and we got down early, but our kids kept battling," Henderson said "(Purdue) kept giving us chances, and we found a way to win a game. It's not about character. It's not about toughness. It's about execution. The effort is good, but we have to have execution."