April 8, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Freshman Scott Elmendorf went a blazing 6-for-7 with four runs scored, a double and three RBI to lead Southern Illinois University (20-14) to a pair of wins over North Dakota State (2-23) earlier today at Abe Martin Field. The Salukis won by scores of 9-8 and 8-5.
Elmendorf entered the weekend hitting a team-high.387, and saw his average jump to .412 after his blistering performance today.
Friday's series-opener was suspended (due to thunderstorms) with SIU holding a 5-2 lead entering the fifth inning.
When that game resumed, Adam Snyder took the mound and was touched for three runs on four-straight one-out hits, as the Bison immediately tied the game at 5-5.
Snyder continued to struggle in the sixth, where he gave up back-to-back hits to Matt Watson and Greg Plecki. Cory Schwantes then came through with a two-out double down the left field line to score both runners, and give NDSU a 7-5 advantage.
SIU answered with three runs during its at-bat in the sixth, which saw Emrick lead off with a double and go to second on an ensuing walk by Bret Maugeri. Emrick, who advanced to third on a passed ball, touched home on Kevin Koski's sacrifice fly.
Trailing, 8-7, the Bison knotted the game again when Ryan Langlais began the seventh inning with a double to right center and scored on Gavin Hofer's one-out single up the middle.
With the count even at 1-1, Emrick singled to left to give the Dawgs a 9-8 win.
Emrick, who went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI, became the third Saluki to deliver a game-winning hit this season.
Freshman Cody Adams evened his record to 2-2 on the year after giving up three hits in two scoreless innings. Adams relieved Kyle Catto, who struck out three, gave up two hits and allowed a run in 1.1 frames.
Prior to that, Snyder was rattled for seven hits and five runs in only 1.2 innings.
In game two, the Salukis scored all of their runs with two outs.
SIU trailed, 3-0, after four and a half innings, but capitalized on a big two-out error by Bison second baseman Sean Thom.
Thom's error in the bottom of the fifth was followed by four consecutive hits, including a two-RBI double by Grant Gerrard and a two-run homer to dead center by Brewer. The Dawgs plated four runs in the inning to take a slight 4-3 lead.
SIU added another run in the sixth, but NDSU tied things up at 5-5 when a pair of errors led to two unearned runs with one away in the eighth.
The Dawgs, however, used more timely hitting to put the Bison away in the bottom half of that inning.
Maugeri was hit by a pitch and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Enata. Following Alvarez's fly out to left, Koski tripled to right center and Maugeri scored. Elmendorf then walked and Gerrard struck out, but a wild pitch allowed Gerrard to reach first. Koski scored and Elmendorf went to third on the same play, before Brewer singled home Elmendorf to give SIU an 8-5 lead.
Danny Wells, who struck out three in two strong innings of relief, gave way to Saluki closer Dusty Baker (5-1) in the eighth. Baker walked the first hitter he faced, but retired five Bison in a row to earn his team-leading fifth win of the season.
"I feel good that we came away with two wins today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We've been struggling, but found ways to win."
The Salukis and Bison wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m., CST.