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    April 8, 2007

    Box Score

    By Jeff Honza
    www.SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Cody Adams gave up only two hits and struck out a career-high 10 in a complete game shutout, as Southern Illinois University (22-9) beat Valparaiso (8-16), 7-0, earlier today at Abe Martin Field.

    Adams became the first SIU pitcher to strike out 10 or more in a game since Tyler Norrick recorded 12 at Bradley (April 8) on this exact same date in 2005.

    The Dawgs also blanked an opponent for the first time since downing Missouri by the same score on May 17, 2005.

    "Cody really dominated today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "He was very aggressive and had excellent control of the strikezone."

    Adams hooked up in a fine pitcher's duel with Valpo left-hander Nick Mazzone early on.

    Adams, pitching for the first time since his only loss of the season at Evansville (March 31), never gave the Crusaders a chance.

    He recorded at least one strikeout in every inning and just three runners reached base against him. None of those Valpo baserunners made it past second base.

    Meanwhile, Mazzone was just as impressive, but he started showing signs of fatigue in the fifth.

    Three-straight one-out singles by Aaron Roberts, Adam Hills and Mark Kelly ignited the rally. After a passed ball gave SIU runners at second and third, Dean Cademartori walked to load the bases.

    Michael Finigan followed with a two-out infield hit to score Hills before Tyler Lairson walked in Kelly to give the Dawgs a 3-0 lead.

     

     

    SIU gave Adams four more runs to work with in the eighth.

    Lou Johanns reached on an error and went to third on a single by Lairson. Scott Elmendorf walked to load the bases and Kevin Koski was hit by a pitch, allowing Johanns to score.

    On the next play, Roberts grounded out to second and Lairson scored. Two more runs came home with the help of a Hills singe and error by Valpo left fielder Jason Brunelli to ice the 7-0 win.

    Adams, now 8-1 on the year, retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced, including 10 in a row between the fourth and eighth innings.

    "I felt a lot more confident out there today," said Adams. "I changed up the grips on a couple of my pitches and that really helped me keep their hitters off balance."

    Mazzone fell to 1-4 after giving up six hits and three runs in 5.2 innings. He also struck out three.

    Hills and Lairson topped the Salukis with two hits each.

    Hills, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games, went 2-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Lairson finished at 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and one RBI.

    Michael Arensdorff and Brunelli accounted for Valpo's quiet two hits.

    Defensively, SIU went error free for the fifth time this season.

    SIU returns to action at Southeast Missouri State Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m., CST.

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