April 1, 2009
By Jeff Honza
PADUCAH, Ky. - Southern Illinois University (12-16) scored eight two-out runs with the help of two balks and three errors in the top of the 10th inning to beat Murray State (18-10), 9-1, Wednesday night at Brooks Stadium.
The game was tied 1-1 when the Thoroughbreds self-destructed in the 10th.
SIU had runners on first and third with two outs when MSU reliever Alex Love took the mound and balked before throwing a pitch. Wade Dutton scored the go-ahead run and it all went south for the `Breds from there.
Aaron Roberts reached on an error on the next play and Chris Murphy scored. Michael Stalter was then hit by a pitch, before another error and a balk led to two more runs. A two-RBI double by Jordan Sivertsen, run-scoring single by Tony Lepore and third Thoroughbred error pushed SIU's lead to 9-1.
All but one of the SIU's runs were unearned in the wild 10th inning, which saw 12 Salukis come to the plate. The Dawgs also matched their season-high for most runs scored in an inning.
MSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Zach Noonan doubled to right, went to third on a balk and scored on Wes Cunningham's one-out single to left.
John Brennan, who made his first career start at second base, reached on a two-out single and touched home on an ensuing double by Murphy to tie the game at
1-1 in the third. Brennan's base hit was the first of his Saluki career.
Southpaw Jimmy Cornell gave the Dawgs another quality start giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out five in six innings. Cornell has allowed just one run in 11 innings over his last two starts.
Lefthander Anthony Stacy (1-2) suffered the loss. Stacy worked 2.2 innings, allowing one hit and two runs. He also walked three.
SIU registered eight hits on the night, including four in the 10th inning. Eight different Salukis contributed a hit and all nine starters scored a run.
The Salukis have won 13 of their last 15 games against MSU. SIU also beat the `Breds for the fourth time in a row.
SIU returns home to host Missouri Valley Conference preseason-favorite Missouri State this weekend. The Salukis and Bears open a three-game series on Friday at 3 p.m., CT.