April 10, 2010
By Jason Clay
WICHITA, Kan. - The Southern Illinois baseball team only scored one run and had three errors in a 9-1 loss to Wichita State on Saturday at Eck Stadium.
SIU (15-16, 4-4 MVC) did have nine hits in the game, but stranded 13 base runners and did not have an extra-base hit for just the third time this season.
Five of Wichita State's (21-9, 7-1) first six runs, all of which came in the first two innings, were unearned. The Shockers added three earned runs in the eighth inning.
Southern Illinois' lone run on the afternoon came when Nick Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Forer (1-2) drew the loss Saturday. He lasted six innings, gave up seven hits and those first six runs (only one earned). Forer has only allowed two earned runs in three league starts and three earned runs in his four total starts this season.
Wichita State starter Tim Kelly (5-1) earned the victory. He threw seven innings, gave up seven hits and struck out seven batters.
The Shockers finished the game with 13 hits to secure the series victory. Designated hitter Preston Springer had four RBIs off of two hits to lead WSU.
Southern Illinois looks to escape Wichita with one victory, as game three is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.