April 10, 2007
By Jeff Honza
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southern Illinois University (23-9) scored five unearned runs in a 7-2 come-from-behind victory over Southeast Missouri State (21-12) earlier today at Capaha Field.
SIU posted its 12th comeback win with the help of four SEMO errors, some timely hitting and another quality start by left-hander Shawn Joy.
"We played well enough to win in all three phases of the game," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "Our starting and relief pitching was excellent, we hit the ball well and made some big defensive plays when we needed to."
The Salukis trailed, 2-1, before batting around to plate four unearned runs with two outs in the fifth.
SEMO had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth, but left the tying run at the plate after Joy recorded back-to-back fly ball outs to end the inning.
SIU added another unearned run with the help of a couple base hits and two more Redhawk errors in the seventh.
Two innings later, the Dawgs loaded the bases with a leadoff walk by Hills and consecutive one-out singles by Dean Cademartori and Scott Elmendorf. Tyler Lairson's sacrifice fly knocked in Hills to polish off the 7-2 win.
Joy gave way to the Saluki bullpen, which shut down SEMO the rest of the way.
Tyler Choate pitched a quick one-to-three seventh. Daniel Wells (0.2) and Ian Reinhart (0.1) combined for three-straight outs in the eighth. And, Bryant George retired the Redhawks in order in the ninth.
There was only one hit allowed in three scoreless innings by SIU's pen.
Riley fell to 4-3 after giving up six hits and five runs (four unearned) in 4.2 innings.
Offensively, SIU outhit SEMO, 10-7, with Roberts paving the way with three hits. He went 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI.
Kelly followed with two hits.
Six of seven runs came from SIU's top three hitters, consisting of Koski (2), Roberts (2) and Hills (2).
SIU returns to Missouri Valley Conference action when it hosts league-leading and 11th-ranked Wichita State. The Shockers and Salukis, currently the top-two teams in the Valley standings, open a big three-game series Friday at 3 p.m., CST.