April 22, 2007
By Jeff Honza
PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley University (20-16, 4-8) earned its first series win in Missouri Valley Conference play when it run-ruled Southern Illinois (24-15, 5-7), 14-4, in eight innings earlier today at O'Brien Field.
BU, which entered the weekend tied for last place in the league, saw each of its starters get a hit, played error free baseball and received a quality start from right-hander Chris Wright.
"Today was very disappointing," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "Our bullpen never gave us a chance, we made too many mistakes and just didn't play well."
SIU fell behind, 5-0, but pulled to within a run in the fifth.
Moments after BU answered with another run during its at-bat in the fifth, one play changed the complexion of the game for SIU.
The Salukis had runners on first and third with no outs in the sixth when Tyler Lairson lifted a fly ball to right field.
Scott Elmendorf tagged up and was gunned down at the plate on a remarkable throw by Colby Luttrell. Luttrell doubled up SIU on the play and it never recovered.
BU went on to score a combined eight runs on six hits in the seventh and eighth innings to blow by SIU.
An inning later, the Saluki bullpen gave up four runs, issued two walks and allowed four hits, including a walkoff single to Luttrell.
Shawn Joy fell to 3-2 on the year after giving up eight hits and six runs in 4.2 innings. Joy also recorded six of the nine strikeouts by Saluki pitchers on the day.
Once Catto exited, Wells, Reinhart, George and Baker could only get one out against the last 10 BU hitters of the game.
Wright improved to 3-1 after striking out one, giving up seven hits and allowing four runs in five innings.
Brad Altbach, who inherited a two-run lead in the sixth, tossed three scoreless innings to earn his first save.
Offensively, BU outhit SIU, 15-10.
Ryan Curry was most productive, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, four runs scored and three RBI.
SIU was led by Roberts, Choate and Maugeri, who each had two hits.
The Salukis scored in three innings and led only twice in the series.
SIU, which has lost seven of its last nine league games, was run-ruled for the fourth time in 2007.
The Salukis return to action Wednesday when they face Saint Louis in a wood bat game at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., CST.