March 31, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Jason Newburger went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, three runs scored and four RBI to lead Bradley University (10-11, 3-1) to a 9-6 win over Southern Illinois (17-11, 2-2) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
The game was deadlocked at 1-1 until the seventh inning, where Newburger cleared the bases with his first career grand slam. His homer, which came off the bat looking like a routine fly ball to Saluki left fielder Dean Cademartori, left the yard with the help of strong winds blowing from right to left.
SIU right-hander Jordan Powell kept BU guessing early, limiting the Braves to one run and three hits through six innings.
But, the bottom of the Braves' lineup got to Powell in the seventh.
Colby Luttrell, Dan Brewer and John Lequia each singled to load the bases with one out. Newburger then stepped in and pulled ahead 2-0 in the count before extending the Braves' lead to 5-1 on his grand slam.
Powell recorded one more out and gave up another hit before Adam Snyder took the mound to finish the inning.
SIU narrowed the gap to, 5-3, during its turn in the seventh after Tyler Lairson led off with a single through the left side and scored on Kevin Koski's ensuing double to left center. Koski, with the help of an error, advanced to third on the play and touched home on Grant Gerrard's grounder to short.
Aided by five consecutive one-out hits, BU scored four more runs to take a 9-3 lead in the ninth.
Hunter Harrigan and Koski each walked and Scott Elmendorf singled to load the bases with one out against BU reliever Peter Elmer. Gerrard then hit into a fielder's choice and Harrigan scored. On the same play, Paul Rice's throw pulled Brewer off second and Salukis remained at every base. Mark Kelly followed with a pinch-hit single to score Koski.
Freshman Collin Brennan, scheduled to start Sunday, then entered the game and forced Dean Cademartori to fly out to center. Elmendorf was able to score on the sacrifice, to make it a 9-6 game, but that would be it, as Brennan caught Matt Brewer looking on strikes for the final out.
Magee moved to 4-1 on the year after scattering seven hits, allowing three runs and striking out eight in eight innings. He also walked three and threw a total of 127 pitches.
Brennan was credited with his first collegiate save.
Powell (4-3) suffered the loss for SIU, giving up eight hits and five runs in 6.2 frames. He also recorded two strikeouts.
BU, who had 14 hits on the day, was keyed by the last four hitters in its lineup, who accounted for eight hits and seven runs.
Meanwhile, SIU, who left nine runners on base, registered nine hits, with Koski, Elmendorf and Harrigan posting two apiece.
SIU had three errors in the game, as well.
In addition, Gerrard saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end after going hitless in five at-bats.
The Salukis and Braves resume their series tomorrow at 2 p.m., CST. Tyler Norrick will start on the mound for SIU.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on WCIL 1020 AM and www.siusalukis.com.