April 25, 2010
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team saw an eight-run lead dissipate in the top of the ninth, but were able to salvage the day and came back to beat Indiana State, 13-12, in the 10th inning on a rainy Sunday at Abe Martin Field.
There was a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday after Saturday's game was rained out, but the final game was canceled because of more inclement weather.
Southern Illinois ends a four-game losing streak in Missouri Valley Conference play with the chaotic win. They improve to 18-22 on the year and 6-8 in the Valley while Indiana State falls to 25-12 and 6-5.
SIU was up 11-3 entering the top of the ninth, but the sure thing went down the drain. Indiana State drew four walks, got six hits and one costly throwing error on a play at second base where the ball ended up in the outfield. The bases were loaded when it happened and all three runners came home to give the Sycamores a 12-11 lead.
However, Indiana State didn't fair much better on the mound after that. ISU reliever Kevin Mann walked in the tying run in the ninth and Scott Harlan's wild pitch with the bases in the 10th allowed Chris Serritella to score the game-winning run.
"I don't know if I've seen a team disintegrate like that in one inning," head coach Dan Callahan said. "To fall apart like we did over the course of one inning is incredible. As poorly as we played in the ninth and the manner in which we let that game slip away is depressing, but we still figured out a way to score one in the ninth and one in the 10th to win it."
Senior Nathan Forer continued his dominance on the mound, as he only gave up four hits and just two runs in six innings. He left with an 8-2 lead, but did not get the win after the twisted ninth inning. Forer's ERA now stands at 1.48 on the year after his sixth start.
"He got himself out of trouble several times and for him to have to sit there and watch that game fall apart like it did is sad. He deserves a win out of it, but he's got nothing to show for it."
SIU's 13 runs are the most they've scored in a Valley game this season. The Dawgs had 11 hits from seven different batters. The Salukis hit four home runs in the game, doing so for the second time this year.
Senior catcher Tyler Bullock provided much of the run support. He was 3-for-4 with four RBIs off of two doubles and a homer, his ninth of the season.
The Salukis are now off from conference play until the middle of May. SIU plays at Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, April 28 before hosting SIU-Edwardsville at home April 30-May 2.