April 18, 2007
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University (23-13) committed a season-high five errors which led to seven unearned runs in a 9-7 loss to Southeast Missouri State (24-13) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
SIU never led in the game, but was in position to catch SEMO on two occasions.
The Salukis fell behind, 5-0, but came alive for two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
SEMO right-hander Phillip Riley only gave up three hits in five scoreless innings, but started to buckle in the sixth.
Lou Johanns then led off the seventh with a single out of the nine-hole. He went to second on Aaron Roberts' one-out base hit. Adam Hills followed with a double and Mark Kelly grounded out to short to score Roberts. Cademartori drove in Hills to bring the game to a 5-5 tie.
Ian Reinhart took the mound in the eighth and immediately ran into trouble.
Reinhart, the fourth Saluki reliever to pitch after Tyler Choate exited the game in the fifth, gave up a leadoff single to Matt Wulfers.
Daryl Graham laid down a bunt on the next play, but Reinhart threw the ball away, giving the Redhawks runners at second and third.
Reinhart threw a wild pitch and Wulfers scored. Omar Padilla's two-out RBI-single came after that. Reinhart then plunked Jim Klocke and Nick Harris' fly ball to left was dropped by Cademartori, as SEMO scored three unearned runs to take a 8-5 lead.
SEMO added one more run in the top of the ninth before Kelly's two-run homer made it a 9-7 game in the Salukis final at-bat.
However, Ivan Nails recorded three-straight outs to keep SIU at bay following Kelly's smash.
Parham moved to 4-3 on the year after striking out two and allowing one run in 1.2 relief innings.
Reinhart suffered his first loss of the season.
SIU outhit SEMO, 13-11, with Hills going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and one RBI to lead the way.
The Salukis return to Missouri Valley Conference action when they head to Bradley for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m., CST.