April 28, 2006
By Jeff Honza
WATERLOO, Iowa - Grant Gerrard went 7-for-11 with three doubles, four runs scored and six RBI to lead Southern Illinois University (29-17, 8-6) to a split in a weather induced doubleheader against Northern Iowa (21-22, 5-9) earlier today. The Salukis dropped game one, 11-6, before winning the nightcap, 14-2.
Gerrard, who became the fourth Saluki to collect three or more hits in back-to-back games this season, increased his team-highs in doubles and RBI to 16 and 45, respectively.
SIU took an early 5-0 lead after scoring twice in the first and second innings, and once in the third.
Another two-out hit, this time a double by Gerrard, tacked on a couple more runs to the Saluki lead in the second. Hunter Harrigan reached on an error and Koski singled prior to scoring on Gerrard's hit.
Jordan Powell one-hit UNI through 3.1 innings, before the Panthers got on the board for one of their two runs in the fourth.
It was then in the sixth and ninth, where SIU busted the game open.
Elmendorf walked, went to third on a base hit by Gerrard and scored when Erik Alvarez singled to left. Matt Brewer loaded the bases on an error, before Maugeri walked in Gerrard. Alvarez touched home when Mark Kelly hit into a double play to push SIU's lead to 8-1.
Harrigan led things off with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch, before Cademartori reached on an error to give the Dawgs runners on the corners. Run scoring singles by Elmendorf and Gerrard, a walk by Alvarez, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly led to four runs before Brewer finished off the rout with a RBI-hit to left.
Powell posted a career-high seven strikeouts, gave up five hits and allowed two runs in eight strong innings. He evened his record to 4-4 on the year.
Taylor Sinclair fell to 5-4 after scattering 10 hits and giving up eight runs in five frames.
In game one, left-hander Tyler Norrick struggled from the start.
SIU gave Norrick a 2-0 lead, before he issued back-to-back walks and gave up three-straight hits in a four-run Panther first.
The Salukis narrowed the gap to, 4-3, when Gerrard doubled, went to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch in the third.
UNI countered during its turn in the third, where the Panthers batted around to knock Norrick out of the game.
Brandon Douglas and Brett Featherston gave UNI two baserunners to start an inning for the second time, and each scored on consecutive one-out hits by Nick Cameron and Curt Bradley. Moments after Cameron came around to score, Mark Frieske knocked in both Bradley and Jesse Oster on a two-out double to left.
That was the end for Norrick (3-3), who gave up seven hits and nine runs, while striking out four and walking three in 2.2 innings.
After UNI pushed its lead to 10-3 with another run in the fourth, SIU rallied to score three runs on four hits in the fifth.
Koski led off with a single and went to second on an ensuing hit by Elmendorf. Gerrard followed with a double to right, and Koski and Elmendorf scored. Gerrard, who went to third via an error on the play, scored on Brewer's two-out double to slice the Panther lead to 10-6.
However, that was all SIU could come up with, as UNI put up one more tally in the sixth, before Zach Jevne and Jesse Oster combined for four innings of four-hit, shutout baseball down the stretch.
Jevne (5-4), who SIU beat in Carbondale a year ago, scattered 11 hits and allowed six runs in eight innings. He also recorded a career-high nine strikeouts against no walks.
SIU outhit UNI, 28-20, on the day. The Salukis also committed three errors in game one.
Elmendorf, like Gerrard, had at least six hits in the twin bill. He was 6-for-10 with five runs, one RBI and a double. Koski and Maugeri followed with four hits each.
The Salukis and Panthers wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m., CST, weather pending, as more rain is expected throughout the weekend. Brewer will start on the mound.