May 5, 2006
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Hunter Harrigan went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and three RBI, and Jordan Powell allowed only one run in eight sharp innings to lead Southern Illinois University (30-18, 9-7) to a commanding 9-1 win over Indiana State (19-25, 5-11) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
The win gave SIU 12th-year head coach Dan Callahan his fourth 30-win season in five years. The 2006 club also became the quickest to 30 wins in the Callahan era.
"I thought we hit a good pitcher today and I was happy with the strong start to this series," said Callahan. "We jumped on them early and never let up."
Harrigan's pair of two-out hits, including a two-run homer in the second and a run-scoring single in the fourth gave SIU an early 3-0 lead.
After Kevin Koski led off the fifth with his first career home run, the Dawgs blew the game open with five runs in the sixth.
Matt Brewer started things off with a double to center and came around to score with the help of a Bret Maugeri single and a sacrifice fly by Dean Cademartori. A hit batsman and an error followed, before Sycamore reliever Andrew Galle walked in two runs with the bases loaded. Erik Alvarez then knocked in both Nathan Emrick and Scott Elmendorf to push the lead to 9-1.
INS' only run of the game came via a two-out home run by Jake Eigsti in the top of the sixth.
Powell, who had his best start on the mound to date, tossed a two-hit shutout through five innings before allowing his only run in the sixth. He struck out four in a row following Eigsti's home run and ended up with five of his career-high seven Ks in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Powell (5-3) went without a walk and threw 106 pitches on the day, as well.
"I felt comfortable out there and wanted to help us start the series with a win," said Powell.
Adam Lindsay (1-2), who made his first career start for the Sycamores, suffered the loss. He scattered nine hits and allowed six runs, while striking out two and walking one in 5.1 innings.
Offensively, SIU registered 10 hits, with Harrigan, Maugeri, Brewer and Grant Gerrard paving the way with two apiece.
Eigsti's two hits topped INS.
The Salukis and Sycamores resume their series tomorrow at 2 p.m, CST. Senior left-hander Tyler Norrick will get the ball for SIU.