Cody Daily doubled and scored in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-4.
May 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Southern Illinois dropped the first game of its series at Purdue 6-4 Friday night at Alexander Field. After the Boilermakers (14-27) built a 5-0 fourth inning lead, the Salukis (21-25) fought back to bring the tying run to the plate in each of the last four innings.
"The difference in the game is our complete lack of defensive effort in the first four innings," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "I don't think we should've given up a run."
Purdue scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. The rally started with one out when Kyle Wood singled to right field. Kyle Johnson then singled past shortstop Ryan Rosthenhausler, and Cody Strong singled past first baseman Ryan Casillas who mistakenly went to cover the base instead of fielding the ball.
Strong's single scored Wood, and Johnson scored on a sacrifice bunt. Brandon Krieg followed with a two-run home run to cap the four-run rally.
"We gave them extra outs in the second inning because we didn't make a couple routine plays," Henderson said. "If you give any team that many outs, they're going to score. I thought they were routine plays."
The Boilers added an unearned run on a ball Rosthenhausler mishandled in the fourth.
Southern Illinois finally cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Jake Welch lined a single off the leg of pitcher Robert Ramer. That scored Nick Johnson to cut the lead to 5-1. The run was set up by Harding's double to the first baseline.
After surrendering a run in the bottom of the fifth, SIU went back to work in the sixth with two more runs to cut the deficit to 6-3. Matt Jones led off the inning with a solo home run. However, the Salukis left the bases loaded in the inning and stranded seven runners in the final four frames.
"I thought we had a great offensive night," Henderson said. "It doesn't look like it because we only got four runs off 15 hits, but we just didn't get any breaks. We got the tying run to the plate and had good ABs. It just didn't work out. "
SIU starter Cody Forsythe allowed six runs in six innings of work to take the loss, dropping his record to 2-4 on the season. One of the runs against him was unearned.
"Cody deserved a lot better," Henderson said. "I think he got frustrated. He's thrown well all year and doesn't have much to show for it. I thought he threw well again today."
Lee Weld also pitched well out of the SIU bullpen. He tossed two scoreless, hitless innings and struck out two batters to keep the Salukis within striking distance.
"Lee Weld was obviously outstanding," Henderson said. "He threw up two zeroes for us and continued to give our offense a chance."
The series will continue on Saturday night with another 6 p.m. Central Time first pitch.