Cody Daily drove in six runs for the Salukis who have now won six of their last eight games.
April 9, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southern Illinois continued its hot hitting with the second largest win in school history, a lopsided 25-3 victory over Southeast Missouri State Tuesday night at Capaha Field. Southern’s 25 runs were one shy of a school record and its highest total since 2000.
The Salukis (15-16) have now won six of their last eight games and scored 38 runs in their last two contests. Southeast Missouri State (17-17) planned to use only relievers the entire game and resulted to using four position players on the mound to finish the game as SIU continued to light up the scoreboard.
Leading 5-3 after four innings, SIU broke the game wide open with a 10-run fifth inning. The Salukis recorded seven hits in the inning, which is a season high and a feat they duplicated two innings later in a six-run seventh inning.
Rennie Troggio, who finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle, started the inning with a triple, and the inning snowballed from there. In the inning, six consecutive Saluki hitters reached base with two outs. The first three of those hits came with the bases loaded, a situation in which SIU hitters had struggled recently.
“That was a great thing to see, and hopefully we can keep that going because we weren’t doing that earlier in the year,” Henderson said. “The last few games we’ve started to do a much better job hitting in that situation.”
After recording 21 hits in Sunday’s game, SIU’s offense took advantage of favorable hitting conditions on a warm, windy day to remain hot. In the first inning of Tuesday’s game, Matt Jones lined a double to right field to score Jake Welch then scored on Ryan Casillas’ single to center to give the Salukis a 2-0 lead. Jones was one of four Salukis with a three-hit day and finished with four RBI in the game.
The Redhawks cut the deficit to 4-3 on Andy Lennington’s RBI single in the bottom of the third, but SIU held them scoreless the rest of the way.
Starter Brad Drust pitched five innings to earn the victory, his second of the year and his first as a starter this season. He allowed three runs off seven hits and struck out four.
“It felt good to get another win as a starter and to just go out there and pitch after our hitters gave us a good lead,” Drust said. “I really wanted to get out there and just pound the zone.”
Henderson pointed to Drust’s ability to shut down the Redhawk offense in the fourth and fifth innings as the turning point in the game.
“They were answering, and then all of a sudden in the fourth and fifth, he goes out and throws up zeroes,” Henderson said. “That was huge. For him to only allow three runs in these conditions against a good offensive club like SEMO and get five innings, that’s a great job by him.”
Nine Redhawks took the mound in the game, and the first eight of them surrendered runs. Seven of those eight allowed multiple runs. Skylar Cobb pitched the second inning and the first out of the third inning and took the loss.
In the seventh inning, Cody Daily helped SIU turn a blowout into an embarrassment with a grand slam that highlighted a six-run inning that extended the lead to 21-3. Daily had a career-high six RBI, the most by an SIU hitter this season.
Luke Mottashed added his third home run of the year in the fourth inning as Southern Illinois recorded its first four-homer game since 2010.
“It was just our day,” Henderson said. “Hitting’s contagious. We got off to a good start, had the big inning and put some hits together. SEMO’s a lot better club than the score indicates, but it was just a good day for us.”