March 31, 2007
By Jeff Honza
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Southern Illinois University (20-8, 3-2) was run-ruled for the second-straight day when it fell to Evansville (19-10, 3-2), 14-2, at Braun Stadium.
SIU suffered its sixth consecutive loss to UE, and was run-ruled by the Purple Aces for the third time in a row.
SIU snapped a streak of 14-straight scoreless innings against UE when it took a 1-0 lead on Dean Cademartori's RBI-single in the first inning, but after that, the wheels fell off.
Cody Adams, who entered the day as one of three pitchers in the country undefeated through a minimum of seven starts, was rattled for nine hits and seven earned runs in 1.2 innings.
The Aces scored their first run of the game on only two pitches when Jim Viscomi ripped a single to left and touched home on an ensuing double by Troy Krider.
Three more hits, including a two-out run scoring single by Kirk Bacsu gave UE a 3-1 lead.
UE then did some serious damage with two outs in a five-run, six-hit second.
Kasey Wahl's two-run homer started a string of five-straight two-out hits. Pat Tumilty and Bacsu singled, while Robbie Minor and Kern Watts hit back-to-back triples during that stretch to give the Aces a comfortable 8-1 lead.
UE scored two more runs in the third and another four in the fourth to put the finishing touches on the 14-2 win.
Adams, now 7-1 on the year, gave up nine hits and a career-high seven runs in his worst start of the season.
Kai Tuomi remained unbeaten at 6-0 after allowing two runs and striking out two in six innings of work.
All nine UE starters in the lineup had at least one hit and reached base twice.
The top-six hitters in the order, consisting of Viscomi, Krider, Wahl, Tumilty, Minor and Watts came to the plate in each of the first four innings of the game.
That part of the lineup accounted for a total of 10 hits and 10 runs on the day.
SIU was run-ruled by UE for the third-straight time, and has been outscored by the Aces, 58-13, in the last six meetings between the two teams.
The Salukis and Aces wrap up their series Sunday at 1 p.m., CST. Shawn Joy (2-1) will take the mound for SIU.