April 6, 2010
By Jason Clay
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southern Illinois baseball team won its sixth-straight game with a 16-11 victory at Southeast Missouri State on a very windy Tuesday here at Capaha Field.
Southeast Missouri State entered the game with a 15-1 record at home and had won 12 of its last 13 games, but the Saluki offense was too much for the Redhawks on this day. SIU's record jumps above .500 for the first time this year as they now stand at 15-14 overall. Southeast's record falls to 18-10.
"It doesn't seem to matter if we're in Cape or in Carbondale, whenever we play SEMO it seems like we always play in a wind tunnel," head coach Dan Callahan said. "I was very pleased with how we bunched hits together and Blake (Pinnon) had a great day at the plate."
Junior second baseman Blake Pinnon led the Dawgs Tuesday by going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, four driven in, a double and he hit his sixth home run of the season. His four-RBI game was the third this year and he also sports a five-RBI game to his name.
Southern Illinois hit a season-high six doubles in the game. First baseman Chris Serritella hit three of those, as he tied the SIU single-game record for the second time this year. He finished his day with four hits in six at-bats, three runs scored and he drove in a pair.
The Salukis had 19 hits in the game and only one of those was by center fielder Chris Murphy, but that was good enough to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Southeast Missouri State did hit six home runs Tuesday, but they couldn't match the Saluki offense and their ability to come through with two outs. SIU scored seven runs in the game when there were two outs.
Saluki third baseman Tony Lepore went 3-for-5 at the plate and tied his career-high with three RBIs. Senior Aaron Roberts came into the game with just two hits in his last 20 at-bats, but he had three hits Tuesday and drove in two runs. Freshman catcher Austin Montgomery was the fifth Saluki that drove in two or more runs. He plated two on a pair of hits and scored three runs.
Southeast first baseman Casey Jones led the Redhawks with five runs driven in off of four hits and two home runs.
The Redhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but SIU went on to score 14 runs from the second through fifth inning. The seven-run fifth put the game away for good, even though Southeast Missouri State scored three runs in the final two innings.
Southern Illinois, who sits second in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, now travels to league-leading Wichita State for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 9.