April 22, 2006
By Jeff Honza
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Dean Cademartori went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBI, while Tyler Norrick limited the Bears to four hits in seven strong innings to lead Southern Illinois University (26-16, 6-5) to a 7-2 win over Missouri State (20-15, 6-5) earlier tonight in front of a crowd of 1,384 at Hammons Field.
Cademartori had just three hits in his last five outings prior to his breakout performance.
SIU and MSU were tied 1-1 after two innings, before the Dawgs tacked on four runs in the fourth.
With one away after a Nathan Emrick strikeout, Cademartori singled home Alvarez. Hunter Harrigan was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brett Maugeri followed with a two-RBI single up the middle, before Kevin Koski's infield hit plated Harrigan to give the Salukis a 5-1 lead.
The Dawgs knocked around MSU starting right-hander Scott Carroll for seven hits and five runs in 3.2 innings. Carroll exited the game after facing nine of the 10 SIU hitters in the fourth.
MSU narrowed SIU's lead to 5-2 when Clay Coulter walked and came around to score on an ensuing double by Tanner Mattson.
Working with a three-run lead, Saluki left-hander Norrick beared down to retire the next six MSU hitters after that. He also caught the Bears' three and four-hole hitters of Nolan Keane and Matt Weglarz looking on strikes to start the sixth.
With the Bears' dugout and home crowd howling after the drama, MSU came to life to give SIU a big scare in the seventh.
The Bears had runners on first and second with two outs when Matt Lawson smashed a fly ball deep to left. Cademartori, however, robbed Lawson of an extra-base hit when he made a leaping catch against the fence.
Emrick's RBI-single in the seventh and Alvarez's solo home run in the ninth gave the Dawgs a couple more insurance runs to bury the Bears for good.
Norrick, who picked up his first win since Apr. 1, improved to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in league play. He also struck out three.
Cademartori posted the seventh three-hit game of his career to top SIU, who outhit the Bears, 10-6. Brewer and Alvarez followed with two hits and two runs apiece.
Defensively, SIU went without an error for just the fourth time this season and ended a streak of 16-straight games, where it committed at least one error.
The Salukis and Bears conclude their series tomorrow at Noon, CST. Brewer will get the ball for SIU.