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    Tyler Bullock hit his 10th home run of the season on Sunday

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    May 2, 2010

    By Jason Clay

    Box Score

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team used 13 hits and two home runs to defeat SIU-Edwardsville, 8-5, on Sunday at Abe Martin Field to complete the series sweep of the Cougars.

    SIU's fifth consecutive victory lifts its record up to .500 at 22-22. SIUE falls to 12-31 with its ninth loss in a row.

    "We did some things very well today," head coach Dan Callahan said. "There were some areas where we were a little remiss, but for the most part, we did things pretty well this weekend. When you sweep the series that's always a good thing and hopefully that gives us a little momentum for the Illinois game on Tuesday."

    Southern Illinois had 13 hits on Sunday. Freshman left fielder Nick Johnson had four of those, as he set a new career-high.

    Sophomore first baseman Chris Serritella pushed his hitting streak up to 15 games, becoming the first Saluki in two years to hit safely in 15-straight games. He was 3-for-5 in the game with two RBIs, which were his 50th and 51st runs driven in this year.

    Catcher Tyler Bullock hit his 10th homer of the year in the sixth inning that gave the Dawgs the lead for good. With his 10 bombs and Serritella's 12, it marks the eighth time in program history that two Salukis belted 10 or more homers in a season.

    Right fielder Jordan Sivertsen, making his first start since April 20, was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one solo home run in the seventh.

    Saluki reliever Kellen Candau (4-2) picked up the win Sunday. He threw a scoreless sixth inning and became the pitcher of record when SIU went ahead in the bottom of the sixth. Senior closer Bryant George picked up his fourth save of the year and his second in as many days.



    SIUE reliever Mitchell Fairley fell to 0-6 on the year, as he gave up the three go-ahead runs in two and two-third innings of work.

    Zach Hawkins got the Cougars off to a good start with his two-run single in the first inning.

    Edwardsville got another run in the fourth when Matt Highland plated Mitch Matecki from third base on a ground ball, fielder's choice.

    After being relatively quiet at the plate in the first three innings, Southern Illinois scored four runs off of four hits and a walk in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

    Michael Stalter's started the scoring for SIU in the fourth with his single up the middle that scored Johnson, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Brock Harding's walk.

    SIUE pulled starter Josh Hoguet in favor of Brian Lorenz after Stalter's RBI single. Sivertsen was Lorenz's first batter faced and he doubled to right-center to score Harding and Stalter to tie the game at three. Serritella then put SIU ahead when he singled to center to bring Sivertsen home.

    Daniel Etienne replaced starter Andrew Bever on the hill in the fifth and couldn't keep SIU's lead. The Cougars used three hits to score two runs and retake the lead, 5-4.

    Southern came back again and scored three runs in the sixth to go up 7-5. Chris Murphy, who led off the inning with SIU's first triple since March 20, slide in safely at home on Serritella's grounder to first base. Then Bullock hit a two-run, opposite field homer on a 3-2 count.

    Sivertsen gave SIU a three-run lead in the seventh with his two-out, solo home run.

    His shot to center field was nearly robbed by Adam Eggemeyer. He leaped up and snatched the ball, but when his body collided with the wall the ball came out of his glove and stayed over the fence.

    Freshman reliever Lee Weld threw two hitless innings to set up George, who pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game and record the save.