April 15, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Junior left-hander Marc Lewis scattered three hits, struck out five and allowed just one run in seven crisp innings to lead No. 22 Creighton University (21-10, 6-5) to a thrilling 2-1 win over Southern Illinois (23-15, 4-3) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
Lewis retired the first nine SIU hitters he faced, and only one of his three hits left the infield. Also, only three Salukis reached base against him, and his only run came via the long ball.
CU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ross Sinclair led off the game with a double down the left field line and later scored with the help of Chad Ogden's sacrifice bunt and Zach Daeges' sacrifice fly.
While four Saluki errors did not figure into CU's scoring Friday, one did today, and it proved costly in the end.
Ryan Urzendowski reached when Saluki shortstop Scott Elmendorf bobbled a routine grounder at the start of the third inning. Michael Lam's sacrifice bunt got Urzendowski to second, before Sinclair's single up the middle gave CU runners on the corners with one out. Urzendowski then took home on a double steal to get the Jays a 2-0 lead.
SIU, after leaving two runners on in its only major scoring threat against Lewis in the fourth, got on the board with one away in the seventh when Alvarez delivered his second home run of the season over the left field wall to close the gap to 2-1.
Lewis gave way to Teddy Ogilvie in the eighth and Bret Maugeri quickly got on base with the help of an Urzendowski error. Maugeri moved to second on an ensuing sacrifice bunt by Hunter Harrigan. Nathan Emrick then ripped a single through the right side and Maugeri headed for home. However, CU right fielder Chase Odenreider erased the tying run by throwing out Maugeri at the plate.
Another uncharacteristic error by Urzendowski put Alvarez on with one out in the ninth. Alvarez moved into scoring position on Hunter Harrigan's sacrifice bunt and went to third on an infield hit by Matt Brewer. Despite the rally, Reese kept his poise and struck out Maugeri to end the game.
Lewis remained perfect at 3-0 on the year, while Reese earned his team-high fifth save.
Left-hander Tyler Norrick, who also pitched well, fell to 2-2. He gave up six hits and two runs, while striking out five in a season-long eight innings. His eight-inning outing also tied a career-high.
"Tyler did a nice job and pitched well enough to win," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "Our defense just continues to hurt us."
Kevin Koski went 2-for-4 to lead the Salukis, who had six hits on the day.
Sinclair paved the way for the Jays by going 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored.
SIU also stranded six baserunners and all but one of those were in scoring position.
The Salukis and Bluejays wrap up their series tomorrow at 1 p.m., CST. Brewer will start on the mound.