April 15, 2007
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - No. 11 Wichita State University (30-8, 10-2) overcame a pair of four-run deficits en route to a dominating 8-4, 19-9, doubleheader sweep of Southern Illinois (23-12, 4-5) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
The Shockers became the first team to sweep the Salukis this season.
It was a long day for SIU pitching, which was torched for 33 hits, 27 runs, 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 25 earned runs on the day.
"This weekend was de-moralizing," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We made too many mistakes and couldn't hold the lead against a very good hitting ballclub."
SIU plated one run in the first and another three in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead in game one.
Saluki sophomore right-hander Cody Adams started strong on the mound, allowing four hits in five scoreless innings.
However, Adams collapsed on three pitches in the sixth.
Conor Gillaspie drove a first-pitch double to left. Adams hit Danny Jackson on the next pitch. Then, Josh Workman spanked Adams' first offering over the right field wall, and just like that, the Shockers cut the lead to 4-3.
WSU added three more runs in the seventh.
Matt Brown singled, stole second and scored on an ensuing base knock by Gillaspie. Jackson reached on a throwing error by Michael Finigan on the next play. Workman then walked and Tyler Weber ripped a two-RBI single to give WSU a 6-4 edge.
Two walks, a wild pitch and a balk led to two more Shocker runs in the eighth, as WSU polished off the 8-4 win.
Noah Booth moved to 5-1 on the year after giving out three hits and striking out four in 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Adams fell to 8-2. He scattered nine hits, gave up six runs, walked two and struck out seven in 6.2 innings.
In the nightcap, WSU fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, but came alive to score 19 runs in the final three innings.
WSU made SIU pay for another mistake in left field. Bret Maugeri mis-played Damon Sublett's routine fly ball, which fell safely for a double.
The wheels came off after that, and by the time it was all said and done, WSU had sent a dozen men to the plate with seven of nine hitters scoring at least once.
Sublett, Jackson and Weber each had two hits and scored twice to spearhead the assault which gave WSU a commanding 14-6 lead.
WSU damaged SIU for five more runs in the seventh to slam the door on its 19-9 victory.
Kyle Touchatt (1-0) was credited with his first win of the season after striking out three in 1.1 no-hit relief innings of shutout baseball.
Kyle Catto (1-1), one of seven pitchers to take the mound for SIU, suffered the loss. He gave up three hits and three runs in one-third of an inning.
SIU allowed a season-high 19 runs, marking the most given up in a Valley game since the Salukis surrendered 21 against WSU in 2001. WSU's 19 runs were also the most in a game since Oklahoma scored 20 against the Dawgs in 2004.
WSU was powered by Gillaspie (.714, 5-for-7, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI) and Sublett (.667, 6-for-9, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI).
The Shockers' 21 hits in game two were a season-high.
On the series, WSU outscored SIU, 17-0, in the sixth inning alone.
SIU, which has been run-ruled in three of its last four league games, returns to action when it hosts SE Missouri State Wednesday.