Cody Daily went 8 for 16 in the series.
March 23, 2014
By Scott Gierman
CARBONDALE, Ill- Southern Illinois claimed its second-straight weekend series victory over a Big Ten opponent with a 4-0 win over Purdue Sunday afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium. It was the first time the Salukis (13-9) shutout an opponent since 2012 as SIU held the Boilermakers (3-16) scoreless for the final 17 innings of the three-game series. Southern has now won five of its last six games.
Aaron Hauge produced another terrific outing to earn his team-leading third win of the season. The left-handed junior threw five scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to 15 and two-thirds innings. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out five.
"I just mixed it up a lot," Hauge said. "With the cold, I knew the ball wasn't going to go anywhere as long as I kept them off balance and didn't give them a fastball in the middle. I walked more than I wanted to in five innings, but I got out of it."
Hauge left the game with a 1-0 lead after only 76 pitches. Over his last four outings, he has allowed two runs in 25 innings of work.
"I'm extremely proud of Aaron because he wasn't as sharp as he has been," Henderson said. "We didn't know if he was going to throw today. He had a little bit of tenderness in his chest. For him to grind it out and give us five shutout innings was huge."
Southern Illinois took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when J.C. DeMuri led off the inning with a triple to the right-center field gap and scored on Parker Osborne's sacrifice fly to left.
Jake Welch extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning when he lined a cutter over the right field wall for a two-run homer.
"I was going to hit it the other way, but it had some late break," Welch said. "It came into me. I just reacted and threw my hands in, and luckily it went over the fence."
The long ball was the first home run hit by a Saluki in Itchy Jones Stadium. The senior, who reached base five times in the game, was glad to have the honor.
"It's pretty cool," Welch said. "I know a lot of great players are going to play on this field, but it's pretty neat to get the first one."
The Salukis had more than one opportunity to blow the game open before Welch's homer gave them some separation. SIU stranded 12 runners in the game and left 40 men on base in the series.
"It was a frustrating day because we left so many people on," Henderson said. "We had 11 base runners in the first five innings and got one run out of it. I was thinking it should be a five or six run lead, so that gave us some breathing room, and then we were able to relax a little."
Daily had three hits in the contest and went 8 for 16 with two doubles and two RBIs in the series.
After going 5-2 in its first homestand at Itchy Jones Stadium, SIU will try to win its third in a row when it returns to the road for a nonconference game against Murray State at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.