April 4, 2006
By Jeff Honza
MARTIN, Tenn. - Two errors, one wild pitch, a walk, a passed ball and a hit batsman aided a key three-run sixth inning, as Tennessee-Martin (10-16) came from behind to beat Southern Illinois University (18-13), 5-4, earlier today at Skyhawk Field.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead, things once again went bad for the Dawgs defensively.
Zach Dean started the sixth by reaching on an error by Alvarez and quickly moved to third when Charlie Weber's ensuing pick off attempt turned into a two-base mishap.
With one away after Lance Renton flied out in foul territory along the first base side, Weber struck out Blake Turner. However, his throw in the dirt got by catcher Mark Kelly, and as a result, Turner was safe at first and Dean scored.
Jason Hockaday then doubled down the left field line to knock in Turner, before Nick Luper singled home Hockaday to regain a 5-4 edge for the Skyhawks.
UTM pitching took over from there on out.
Skyhawk starter Casey Estill walked SIU's leadoff man in the sixth, but retired nine-straight before closer Chadwick Cameron sat the Dawgs down in order on eight pitches in the ninth. Estill and Cameron did not allow a run or a hit in the last four innings of the game.
Estill improved to 1-1 on the season after giving up six hits and four runs in eight innings. He also struck out two and walked four.
Cameron earned his fourth save following his perfect ninth.
Weber fell to 1-2 on the year. He recorded a career-high seven strikeouts, gave up six hits and allowed five runs (four unearned) in 5.1 innings. Weber also became the fourth Saluki pitcher to strike out six or more in a game this season.
Meanwhile, the Saluki defense committed at least three errors for the third time in four games.
SIU crosses the Mississippi River to visit Southeast Missouri State Wednesday at 3 p.m., CST. Freshman right-hander Cody Adams will make his first midweek start.