Cody Daily had one of SIU's two hits in the game.
April 18, 2014
By Scott Gierman
Wichita, Kan. - A five-run first inning set the tone as Wichita State handed Southern Illinois a 10-0 run-rule loss in seven innings Friday night at Eck Field. The Salukis (20-18, 3-7 MVC) managed a season-low two hits and were shut out for the third time this season. The loss moved the Shockers (19-18, 4-6 MVC) ahead of SIU, which is now alone in eighth place in the Valley.
Wichita jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Saluki starter Sam Coonrod was able to record an out. Daniel Kihle led off the first inning by lining a single to right field. After Coonrod walked the next two hitters, Casey Gillaspie hit a double off the top half of the wall in left-center field to give the Shockers a 2-0 lead. Chase Simpson followed with a three-run homer to right-center to stretch the advantage to 5-0.
"The first inning, I just couldn't find it," Coonrod said. "I was struggling to get the ball in the zone. I was down, down, down. Instead of in the zone, I was in the dirt."
After Simpson's first inning home run, Coonrod went on to retire 14 of the next 17 batters before finally allowing another run in the fifth. Coonrod allowed six runs in five innings of work as the loss dropped his season record to 0-5. The junior struck out three and walked four.
"He just had a bad inning," Henderon said said. "I give him a lot of credit for battling and finding it to get into the fifth inning. He did come back and find it, but I don't know why he didn't have it to begin with."
Southern's best chance to get back in the game came in the top of the fourth inning. With SIU still trailing 5-0, Connor Kopach led off with a single, and Jake Welch drew a walk to put two men on with no outs. However, the middle of the Saluki order failed to get the runners home as a flyout, groundout and strikeout quickly ended the threat.
The Shockers added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-out rally to extend the lead to 6-0. Simpson doubled to right-center field for his third hit of the day. After Coonrod walked Dayne Parker, Tyler Baker singled to center field and score Simpson. Simpson finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs.
Wichita put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. After tossing a scoreless sixth inning, Matt Murphy began the seventh on the mound for the Salukis. He surrendered back-to-back singles to Parker and Baker to put runners at the corners. Micah Green hit a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 7-0 game. Tanner Kirk then singled to knock Murphy out of the game.
Derek Fogel replaced Murphy and hit Kihle to load the bases. Fogel walked pinch hitter Zair Koeiman to force in a run. Garrett Bayliff then hit a two-run single to right field to drive in two runs and end the game with only one out in the inning. It was the first time SIU lost due to the run rule since 2010.
Wichita State's A.J. Ladwig took home a complete-game, two-hit shutout. He walked two and struck out three as he picked up his third win of the year. Ladwig retired the Salukis in order in four of the seven innings he pitched, including a five-pitch third inning.
"We were probably a little too aggressive," Henderson said. "We knew he wasn't going to walk a lot of people. We got our hacks. We just didn't take good hacks. We didn't stay within ourselves and we didn't have a very good approach."
SIU will look to rebound and even the series on Saturday. Todd Eaton will take the mound for the Salukis with the first pitch at 2 p.m. at Eck Field.