May 11, 2007
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Shawn Joy went the distance, retiring 14 of the last 15 hitters he faced and Dean Cademartori went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to lead Southern Illinois University (30-18, 10-9) to a 7-2 win over Northern Iowa (20-25, 5-14) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
SIU continued its dominance over UNI at home, downing the Panthers for the 11th-straight time.
Joy allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way.
He sat down the Panthers in order in each of the third, fourth, seventh and ninth frames, and forced inning-ending double plays with runners on the corners and no outs in the fifth and a runner on first with one out in the sixth.
"I thought Shawn recovered well after a rocky start," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "He made some good pitches at critical times in the game."
Once Joy found his groove, Cademartori and company got him back in the game.
Three-straight two-out hits, including a RBI-hit by Lairson, run-scoring double by Cademartori and RBI-single by Lou Johanns helped the Dawgs bust the game open with four runs in the seventh. For Johanns, it was the first RBI of his career.
Joy, who became the second Saluki pitcher to throw a complete game this season, moved to 5-2. He also gave up eight hits, struck out three and did not allow a walk.
Offensively, SIU pounded out 13 hits and ended a six-game stretch where it had been outhit. The last time the Salukis outhit their opponent prior to today was against Missouri State on Apr. 28.
Defensively, the Panthers committed four errors, two of which came in the seventh. UNI is the worst fielding team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Cademartori was 1-for-17 prior to his single in the fourth. He hit safely in each of his last three at-bats of the game, and was one of eight Saluki starters to get a hit.
"I was glad I finally had some good at-bats today," he said. "I hit with a lot more confidence today than I did in the last few games."
Koski, Elmendorf and Lairson followed with two hits. Koski is now 12 hits away from breaking SIU's all-time career hits record.
SIU, which reached 30 or more wins for the fifth time in six years, resumes its series with UNI Saturday at 2 p.m., CST. Cody Adams (10-3) will start on the mound.