March 30, 2007
By Jeff Honza
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Senior right-hander Ben Norton allowed six hits and struck out eight, as the University of Evansville (18-10, 2-2) run-ruled Southern Illinois (20-7, 3-1), 10-0, in seven innings earlier tonight at Braun Stadium.
Norton twirled his second-straight shutout against SIU and has now blanked the Salukis for 14 consecutive innings. He also won each of his last three starts against the Dawgs, two of which were run-ruled games.
While Norton tore apart the Saluki lineup, senior right-hander Jordan Powell labored in what ended up being his worst start of the season.
UE wasted no time going to work on Powell in the first.
Jim Viscomi led off with a triple down the right field line. Three-straight singles by Troy Krider, Kasey Wahl and Pat Tumilty followed, and just like that, the reigning MVC regular-season and tournament champion Purple Aces pulled ahead, 2-0.
Two innings later, Powell committed two errors that led to a pair of unearned runs in a three-run third.
Ryan Barrett and Viscomi reached on back-to-back singles. Krider bunted on the next play, but Powell mis-played the ball and everyone was safe.
With no outs and the bases loaded, UE manufactured two runs on back-to-back groundball outs by Wahl and Tumilty. Robbie Minor's two-out RBI-single came after that to give UE a 5-0 lead.
Three more hits, including another two-out RBI-single by Minor helped the Aces plate two more runs to extend their lead to 7-0 in the fifth.
UE put the win on ice with three final runs in the seventh.
Norton improved to 5-2 on the year.
Meanwhile, Powell fell to 5-3. He gave up 11 hits and seven runs, and struck out two in six innings. Powell won five-straight starts prior to tonight.
Offensively, UE outhit SIU, 15-6, on the day, with Viscomi and Wahl each going 3-for-4 to lead the way.
Tyler Choate went 2-for-2 to lead SIU.
UE snapped SIU's eight-game winning streak and handed the Dawgs their first conference loss of the season. The Purple Aces have outscored SIU, 30-4, in the last three meetings between these teams.
SIU and UE resume play tomorrow at 2 p.m., CST. Sophomore Cody Adams (7-0) will matchup against Kai Tuomi (5-0) on the mound.