May 15, 2005
By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Bryan Rueger gave up one run and struck out five in eight strong innings to lead Southern Illinois (34-18) to a 6-1 win over South Dakota State (15-34) earlier today at Abe Martin Field.
The win gave the Salukis their fourth three-game sweep of an opponent this season.
Rueger one-hit SDSU through his first five innings, where he retired 15 of 16 batters, including 14 in a row after giving up a hit to the Jackrabbits second hitter of the game.
While Rueger was carving up the Jackrabbits, SIU jumped on SDSU Francisco Torres in the first, where it received three-straight two-out hits to take a 3-0 lead.
P.J. Finigan reached on a fielder's choice and went to second when Nathan Emrick grounded out to second. Hunter Harrigan and Dean Cademartori followed with consecutive singles, before Chris McCulloch capped the rally with a two-RBI double down the left field line.
SDSU scored its only run off Rueger in the eighth, where Kyle Sytsma reached on a one-out double, went to third on a single by Kasey Keller and touched home when Tim Hanigan hit into a fielder's choice.
Rueger (8-3), who no-hit the Jackrabbits in five of his first seven innings, scattered four hits on the day. He also threw 94 pitches.
Torres (2-7) gave up seven hits and five runs in six innings. He
also struck out two and walked one.
SIU, who has won five in a row, posted its 20th (20-6) win at home this season. The Salukis have also gone 14-3 in their last 17 games at Abe Martin Field.
SIU takes on nationally-ranked Missouri on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) in O'Fallon, Mo., before returning home to host Illinois State (May 19-21) in its final three games of the regular-season.