April 26, 2009
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Righthanders Andrew Dunn and David Kington combined on a six-hit shutout to lead Southern Illinois University (18-23, 6-8) to a 8-0 win over Illinois State (19-16, 9-7) Sunday at Abe Martin Field.
SIU, which completed its second series sweep in Missouri Valley Conference play this season, moved up a spot to sixth in the league standings. The Salukis, who swept the Redbirds for the second time in three years, also pitched their first shutout in league play since beating Wichita State, 3-0, in Wichita on April 19, 2008.
SIU capitalized on a big ISU error to score five unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the first. Michael Stalter reached on a throwing error by Mike Stalowy, who replaced Collin Salzenstein in the lineup at shortstop. Salzenstein was unable to play after he separated his shoulder during batting practice prior to the game.
Shortly after Scott Elmendorf scored on the mishap, Chris Serritella was hit by a pitch. Three-straight hits followed after that, including a two-RBI single by Tyler Bullock and two-RBI double by Jordan Sivertsen, giving SIU a quick 5-0 lead.
SIU tacked on another run when Sivertsen scored Serritella on a sacrifice fly with one out in the third. Elmendorf then launched his fourth homer of the season over the left field wall to push the Salukis' lead to 8-0 with two outs in the sixth.
Dunn was magnificent on the mound, limiting the Redbirds to only one hit through his first four innings. He retired 13 of 14 ISU hitters in that span. Only eight Redbirds reached base against Dunn, four of which made it into scoring position. Additionally, Dunn recorded 11 groundball outs on the day.
Kington relieved Dunn in the eighth and went on to record two strikeouts in two innings of no-hit, shutout baseball.
Lefthander Ryan Copeland (3-5) suffered the loss for ISU. Copeland worked eight innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits. He struck out three and walked none, as well.
Offensively, SIU pounded out 12 hits, with eight starters contributing at least one apiece. Elmendorf, Serritella, Bullock and Sivertsen paved the way with two hits each. Bullock and Elmendorf also had two RBI, while Sivertsen had a game-high three.
SIU registered 36 hits in three games against ISU, and as a result, established a new season-high for most hits in a series.
Corey Maines and Mark Menaker were most productive for the `Birds. Each went 2-for-3 at the bottom of ISU's lineup. Menaker made his first career start at second base.
SIU hits the road for its next five games. The Salukis first visit Illinois on Tuesday at 6 p.m., CT.