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    May 15, 2005

    Final Stats

    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.

    Back-to-back one-out RBI singles by Tyler Lairson and Kevin Koski plated two more runs in the fourth, before Finigan's two- out single knocked in Erik Alvarez to polish off the 6-1 win in the eighth.

    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.



    Koski, who extended his hitting streak to 28 games during his first at-bat of the game, went 3-for-5 with a RBI to lead the Dawgs offensively. Finigan and McCulloch followed with two hits, as SIU outhit the Jackrabbits, 10-5.

    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.

    Thursday, May 26
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. L, 10-8
    Friday, May 27
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. 8:00 AM
    Saturday, May 28
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. TBA