April 9, 2003
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Shortstop Zach Borowiak's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored the game's tying run, and a costly error by right fielder Sal Frisella plated the go-ahead run to give Southeast Missouri State (16-8) a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Southern Illinois (17-13) earlier today at Capaha Field.
The win marked SEMO's seventh in its last eight meetings against SIU and fourth straight over the Dawgs at Capaha Field. In addition, the Indians tied a school record 13-game winning streak.
SIU rallied with two-out in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. After consecutive ground ball outs by P.J. Finigan and Nathan Emrick, Frisella singled to right to keep the inning alive. On starter Stan Skakalski's next pitch, Toby Barnett crushed a homer over the left field wall. Barnett's homer, which marked his sixth of the season, extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Behind starter Jerel Deitering, who at one time, retired eight straight Indian hitters, the SIU offense was able to add to its lead in the top of the fifth.
Consecutive singles by Finigan and Emrick gave the Salukis a pair of baserunners to begin the fifth. Frisella then grounded out and Barnett was intentionally walked to load the bases. SIU, however, could only push one run across, as a dropped fly ball by left fielder Brian Hopkins easily scored Finigan. Greg Andrews who lifted the ball to left, was credited with a sacrifice-RBI on the play, as the Dawgs extended their lead to 3-0.
Borowiak, who drew a walk and grounded into a double play in his first two at-bats, delivered a one-out, RBI-double in the bottom of the sixth. The two-base hit, which landed in center, scored Justin Christian. Christian also reached on a double.
It was then in the bottom of the seventh, where SIU's defense would hurt itself again.
Denver Stuckey and Hopkins singled, consecutively, with one away. Following Christian's fly ball out to right, Borowiak hit safely to drive in Stuckey. Frisella, however, kicked the ball in his attempt to field the hit. As a result, Hopkins scored and Borowiak went to second. Hopkins' go-ahead run would hold up in the 4-3 win.
Deitering allowed seven hits and struck out two in 5.2 innings of work before Marshall Tucker (2-1) would take the loss for SIU. Tucker was touched for three hits and two runs, including the go-ahead tally in just one inning.
Korey Klein (1-0) came out of the bullpen to get the win for SEMO. Klein relieved Skakalski and threw a two-hitter through two innings. Ace hurler Tim Alvarez entered the game shortly after to pick up his first save of the year.
Borowiak finished at 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Hopkins also had a big day at the plate for SEMO going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Emrick and Andrews each had two hits to pace SIU's nine hits, which were out-weighed by the Indians' 12.
SIU will return to league action this weekend when it plays a four-game series at Bradley, beginning Friday at 4 p.m.