April 9, 2010
By Jason Clay
WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State scored all nine of its runs in the first three innings to lead them to a 9-2 victory over the Southern Illinois baseball team on Friday at Eck Stadium.
The loss snaps SIU's six-game winning streak, as the Dawgs fall to 15-15 overall and 4-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers improve to 20-9 and 6-1 with their fifth-straight win.
Head coach Dan Callahan said that his team just didn't get it done all around Friday night.
"We got down in the first inning and it got worse after that," Callahan said. "(Jordan) Cooper did a good job of keeping us off balance all night. Andrew Bever came in and did well for us. I was pleased he gave us a chance to the best of his ability, unfortunately we just got down to early."
Nine of WSU's 12 hits in the game came in those first three innings. Southern Illinois posted nine hits of its own on the evening, as Wichita State starter Jordan Cooper (4-1) pitched a complete game victory. He struck out seven Salukis, did not walk one and gave up the two runs.
SIU starter Ryan Bradley (0-3) drew the loss, as he lasted just 2.2 innings and was charged with all nine runs and allowed nine hits. Junior Andrew Bever replaced Bradley with two outs in the third and he threw 5.1 scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and he had three strikeouts.
"After the first inning I made an adjustment with my off speed and that was the key to keeping the hitters off balance," Bever said.
The 5-7 hitters in the Saluki lineup accounted for six of SIU's nine hits in the game. Left fielder Nick Johnson was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Michael Stalter also went 2-for-4 and his ninth inning double scored Johnson. Designated hitter Brock Harding was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
The Shockers chased Bradley out of the game with two outs in the third. WSU scored two runs in the first, three in the second and four in the third.
Southern Illinois got on the board in the top of the third. Harding led off the inning with a double over the right fielder's head. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Aaron Roberts drove him home with a single to right.
Bever relieved Bradley on the mound and held Wichita State scoreless over the next four innings. In that time, SIU was only able to post three hits and still trailed 9-1 after the seventh inning.
Johnson doubled in the ninth with one out and Stalter followed with another double to score SIU's second run in the game.
The two teams play at 2 p.m. on Saturday. SIU right-handed pitcher Nathan Forer will be making his fourth start of the year and he sports a 0.74 ERA heading into the game.