Michael Stalter gave SIU the 8-6 win with his two-run homer in the 10th inning
April 28, 2010
By Jason Clay
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Senior Michael Stalter's first home run of the season gave the Southern Illinois baseball an 8-6 win in 10 innings over Eastern Illinois on Wednesday at Coaches Field.
Stalter was 0-for-4 at the plate in the first nine innings and he left the bases loaded in the eighth when he struck out with SIU down one run to end the inning. He atoned for that missed opportunity by belting his first homer since the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to cap off SIU's comeback that started in the eighth when the Dawgs trailed 5-1.
"Obviously I'm a little surprised that it's take this long, but it came at a good time," Stalter said of hitting his first home run of the season. "I knew it right away and it felt great off the bat. I put a good swing on it and it kept going and going."
Southern Illinois' 10th-straight extra-inning victory, going back to 2008, pushed its record up to 19-22 overall. It was SIU's second consecutive extra-inning win, as the Salukis beat Indiana Sate 13-12 on Sunday in 10 innings. Eastern Illinois falls to 11-28 with its seventh loss in the last nine games.
The Salukis overcame four errors on the day and its offense woke up late to come back and get the win. Eight of SIU's 12 hits in the game came after the seventh inning.
Sophomore Chris Serritella drove in three runs on his 12th home run of the year and he extended his hitting streak to 12 games by going 2-for-5 on the day. Freshman Austin Montgomery was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Blake Pinnon was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
Saluki freshman Lee Weld (3-4) picked up the win, his second in as many games. He recorded the last out of the ninth inning and pitched a scoreless 10th. EIU's Dillon Roark (1-4) was credited with the loss.
Eastern Illinois was led at the plate by first baseman Alex Gee, who went 5-for-5 on the day.
One of SIU's four hits through the first seven innings was a solo home run by freshman Nick Johnson in the second inning.
Eastern Illinois proceeded to take advantage of several Saluki fielding miscues, and went on to take a 5-1 lead after six innings.
Serritella's three-run homer in the eighth cut the Panther lead down to one.
SIU then took a 6-5 lead in the ninth behind Montgomery's two-out, two-RBI double on a 3-2 pitch. However, SIU couldn't keep the lead as a sacrifice fly from EIU left fielder Ben Thoma tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
The Salukis used more two-out magic in the 10th when Stalter stroked a 1-0 pitch off the scoreboard in left field to give Southern the win.