April 12, 2005
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Freshman Ryan Terry struck out six in seven shutout innings to lead Southern Illinois (20-13) to its sixth straight win at home, as the Salukis blanked Eastern Illinois (8-22), 9-0, earlier today at a soggy Abe Martin Field.
With the win, SIU improved to 12-3 at home this season.
In his third consecutive midweek start, Terry scattered just two hits in his first four innings, as he retired 12 of EIU's first 14 hitters. A native of Palmyra, Mich., he also did a nice job of fielding his position.
Namely, in the fifth and sixth innings, where he was involved in a 2-1 caught stealing play at the plate (fifth) and a 1-3-1 putout (sixth). The pair of tough defensive plays marked the third out of each inning after the Panthers had a pair of runners on base with no outs.
While Terry kept Panther hitters off-balance, the EIU pitching staff had a hard time finding the plate.
Especially in the third and fourth innings, where Panther pitchers Kenny Firlit and Mike Manns combined for five walks, three wild pitches and a hit batsman.
Already ahead 2-0, SIU's Nathan Emrick reached on a one-out single, went to second on a walk and scored with the help of Firlit's two wild pitches in the third.
Then, in the fourth, the Salukis added three more runs to blow the game open.
Terry (2-0), who also gave up five hits and issued one walk, saw his ERA drop from 1.80 to 1.23 after today's outing. He has now held opponents scoreless for 16 of 17 innings since becoming the Dawgs' midweek starter.
Firlit (0-2) remained winless on the year after scattering six hits, walking two and giving up three runs in 2.2 innings. His two walks added to a total of six by EIU pitchers.
Offensively, it was a big day for the freshmen, as Cademartori (3), Enata (2) and Lairson (1) accounted for half of SIU's 12 hits.
Cademartori narrowly missed hitting for the cycle by going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, three runs scored and a RBI, while Enata went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, and Lairson finished with a three-RBI triple.
Emrick also went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and one RBI, while four other Salukis, including Koski, P.J. Finigan, Hunter Harrigan and Hoffman posted one hit apiece. For Emrick, the homer marked his first of the season.
EIU, who left 10 runners on base, posted five hits.
SIU remains home to host Southwest Missouri State in a key three-game Missouri Valley Conference series, beginning Friday at 2 p.m.