April 1, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Dean Cademartori hit a three-run homer in the first and Southern Illinois University (18-11, 3-2) scored six unearned runs in the seventh to beat Bradley (10-12, 3-2), 10-5, earlier today in front of a crowd of 1,850 at Abe Martin Field.
Cademartori's homer to left center, which marked his fourth of the season, came with two on and two out, as SIU built a 3-0 cushion in the first.
"I thought Dean's home run set the tone," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "With the way the pitching has been so far this series, it was big to get those runs early."
BU pulled to within one and had the tying run on third base in each of the third and fifth innings, but came up empty, and as a result, trailed, 4-3, after six and a half innings.
It was then in the bottom of the seventh, where the Braves defense self-destructed.
BU, who went errorless through its first six innings, had three mishaps, which led to six unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh. Three walks, one hit (a double by Erik Alvarez) and a wild pitch also helped, as SIU took a comfortable 10-3 lead.
BU managed to get a couple more runs in the eighth, but Saluki freshman reliever Danny Wells recorded the last four outs of the game to polish off the Braves. Wells has thrown 6.2 consecutive scoreless innings out of SIU's pen.
"Danny acts like he belongs out there on the mound," said Callahan. "He did a nice job closing out the game."
Tyler Norrick moved to 2-1 on the year after scattering six hits and allowing three runs in six innings. He also struck out three and walked one in his sixth start of the season.
Offensively, SIU was led by Alvarez, who went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI.
Cademartori followed by going 2-for-5 with, two runs scored and three RBI.
SIU will look to post its seventh-straight Missouri Valley Conference series win tomorrow at 1 p.m., CST. Matt Brewer will get the ball for the Dawgs.