March 23, 2011
By Jason Clay
CHARLESTON, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team got 12 hits in a 7-4 victory over Eastern Illinois Wednesday at Coaches Stadium to snap a nine-game losing streak.
The 12 hits came after SIU was held to just three hits in a 12-inning loss to Illinois last Sunday. With the win, the Salukis improve to 5-15 on the year and break their longest losing streak since 2004. Eastern Illinois falls to 4-13 with the loss in just its second home game of the season.
Senior pitcher Andrew Bever scattered nine hits over six innings and struck out a career-high six batters to pick up his first win of the season (1-1). EIU scored four runs off of him, but only one of them was earned.
Reliever Austin Johnson came in the ninth to record his first career save.
Eastern Illinois starter Christian Slazinik was roughed up by the Salukis in his two innings on the mound. Slazinik gave up six hits and four runs in the loss that dropped his record down to 0-4 on the year.
Freshman Kollin Dowdy had the first three-hit game of his career on Wednesday. He was 3-for-4 with one run scored. Brock Harding also had three hits in the game and one RBI. Harding now has 11 hits in his last five games.
The Salukis jumped on Eastern Illinois early, scoring six runs over the second and third innings. Southern had eight hits in the first three innings and got extra help from three Panther errors in that time.
Eastern Illinois crawled back into the game in the sixth with three runs, but only one of the runs was earned. That was Tyler Schweigert's pinch-hit home run to lead off the inning, which was also his first career hit.
That inning cut Southern's lead down to 6-4, but Harding's RBI in the eighth added an important insurance run and the Salukis went on to win 7-4.