May 7, 2004
CARBONDALE - Josh Joiner put together his second straight outstanding performance on the hill, while his teammates took advantage of a pair of Indiana State miscue to break up a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth, as the Southern Illinois University baseball team moved to .500 in Missouri Valley Conference play with a 5-2 win over Indiana State Friday at Abe Martin Field.
Coming off a complete game, five-hitter his last time out, Joiner got a surprise call Friday after Eric Haberer was scratched just before the game due to illness. The Anna-Jonesboro native picked up right where he left off his last time out, allowing just two earned run, one walk and seven hits in seven innings.
Still, Joiner and the Salukis trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth.
But Matt Brewer got the Dawgs going that inning with a leadoff solo homer to left, and it was all SIU the rest of the way.
Kevin Koski tied the game moments later with a one-out RBI triple to deep right that could have very well been the second out of the inning. Koski smoked a line-drive to the warning track, but Sycamore right fielder Jeremy Hatler somehow chased it down and appeared to make a miracle diving catch just in front of the wall. The ball squived out of his glove, however, allowing Corey Newman to score all the way from first with the game-tying run.
The Salukis would wind up stranding Koski at third, but took full advantage of their opportunities the next inning.
He responded by smoking a go-ahead RBI single to left. SIU would never trail again.
Newman followed Brewer's knock with a bullet up the middle that nearly decapitated Zaleski. Zaleski was able to knock the ball down however, firing to second to get a force out.
Unfortunately for ISU, an ill-advised throw to first in an attempt to double-up Newman was late, and Boldt took advantage with another opportunistic play by SIU, sneaking in to score from third base after seeing the unnecessary throw to first.
The Salukis would work out of a first-and-third, nobody out jam in the top of the eighth and add an insurance run in bottom of the inning on Baughman sac fly, going on to to improve to 8-25 overall and 12-12 in the MVC.
SIU finished the day with 11 hits, making remarkable contact throughout, as ISU pitching failed to strike out one Saluki all day.
Andrews broke out of a recent funk, leading SIU with three hits in four trips to the plate, while Brewer was 2-for-3 with two RBI, including his fifth homer - good for second on the team. Koski and Newman were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Joiner improved to 2-2 on the year, while Andrew Weber picked up his team-high sixth save.
ISU fell to 16-27 overall and 8-13 in MVC play. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon, and will wrap up a four-game set with a 1 p.m. showdown Sunday.