April 30, 2011
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois won the first game of a doubleheader over Wichita State behind yet another stellar performance from Cody Forsythe, but the Shockers came back to win the second game Saturday at Abe Martin Field to win the series.
Forsythe threw his third complete game of the year to lead SIU to the 4-3 win in game one. That win pushed his record up to 6-3 this season and 4-0 in Valley play. He gave up only five hits, three runs and struck out five without giving up a walk.
WSU was backed by a career-high seven RBIs from Micah Green to take the second game of the doubleheader, 11-5. Green hit a second-inning grand slam on what was his first career home run.
"Certainly after you win one you expect to win the second one, and we expect to win every time," interim head coach Ken Henderson said. "I'm disappointed we couldn't get the second game, but I'm proud of the way we battled today. Cody Forsythe was outstanding and he battled his rear off."
SIU (16-27, 7-5 Missouri Valley Conference) has never won both games of a doubleheader with Wichita State (28-19, 7-5) and the Salukis drop to 4-11 at home this season.
"I did a pretty good job throwing first-pitch strikes except for the last inning today," said Forsythe, who threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 35 batters he faced. "I just try to stay ahead of guys and stay consistent, that's a big focus of mine."
Forsythe lowered his league-leading ERA down to 1.95 with his 11th start and he has walked just nine batters in 78.1 innings pitched this year.
Southern Illinois scored two runs in both the fourth and eighth innings and held off a WSU ninth-inning rally to take the one run victory in game one.
The second game started off with Wichita State jumping out to a 10-3 lead after five. The Shockers scored four runs in the second, one in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Reliever Aaron Labrie picked up the win in game two for the Shockers, improving to 2-1 on the year. SIU sophomore Brad Drust drew the loss, giving up nine hits and 10 runs in 4.1 innings to drop to 2-3 this season.
Pinnon drove in two more runs in game two and Jordan Sivertsen had two of Southern's six hits. Wichita State had 15 hits in the second game and Walker Davidson had a team-high three hits.