Donny Duschinsky scored the tying run in the seventh on Dyllin Mucha's bases-loaded walk.
May 16, 2014
By Scott Gierman
DALLAS – Southern Illinois battled back from a four-run deficit to tie the game in the seventh before allowing an unearned run in the eighth inning in a 6-5 loss to Dallas Baptist Friday night at Horner Ballpark.
With the loss, the Salukis (25-28, 4-16 MVC) failed to win a conference series all season for the first time since 1989 as the Patriots (35-18, 13-7 MVC) claimed the first two games of the series.
In the eighth inning, the go-ahead run reached base on SIU’s only error of the night. With one out in a 5-5 game, Justin Wall reached on third baseman Will Farmer’s throwing error. David Martinelli then grounded a ball just past a diving Connor Kopach and into right field to score Wall and give the Patriots a 6-5 lead.
Kyle Pauly took the loss. He did not allow an earned run in his two innings of work.
“Kyle was good,” Henderson said. “He came in and did a great job. He gave up the unearned run, but he gave us a chance to win. He pounded the zone.”
DBU’s closer, Brandon Koch, entered the game to start the eighth inning with the game tied 5-5. He pitched two scoreless innings to improve his record to 6-0.
SIU had tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh when Dyllin Mucha drew a bases loaded walk. SIU was helped out by reliever Joseph Shaw’s wildness in the inning. He loaded the bases with two hit batsmen, bookending Matt Jones’ single. However, the inning ended when Jones, representing the go-ahead run, was tagged out at the plate attempting to score on a potential wild pitch.
Southern Illinois loaded the bases three times and stranded 13 base runners in the game including one in each of the final seven innings.
Southern cut the deficit to 5-4 in the sixth inning with Jake Welch’s RBI groundout. SIU was poised for a big inning when Will Farmer reached on an error to start the inning and Mucha singled to put two men on with no outs. However, after a sac bunt, two straight groundouts ended the inning.
SIU stater Todd Eaton allowed five runs off seven hits in six inning of work and took a no-decision. Three of his five runs came from a couple home runs. He finished strong, retiring the last seven batters he faced, three of those outs via strikeout.
“I thought Eaton did a great job because he wasn’t able to command his offspeed stuff,” Henderson said. “He didn’t throw many of those for strikes, so to compete in this ballpark against this club, he did a great job keeping us in the ballgame.”
DBU built a 5-1 lead after four innings. The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead before Eaton recorded an out. Mike Wesolowski hit a two-run home run in the first inning after Drew Turbin drew a leadoff walk. They added a run in the third when Austin Lisiti hit a two-out RBI double to deep right-center field.
Southern Illinois got on the board in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-1 when Farmer beat out a potential double play with a loaded the bases fielder’s choice. SIU settled for that one run after loading the bases in the third and fourth innings.
DBU stretched its lead up to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth when David Martinelli led off the inning with a home run. The Patriots added another run in the inning to make it 5-1 after Camden Duzenack singled and Drew Turbin hit a ground-rule double that appeared to bounce to the left of the left field line before bouncing over the wall in foul territory. Henderson came out of the dugout and argued the call to no avail.
SIU began the four-run comeback with a couple runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. The inning began with a pair of free passes as Kopach was hit by a pitch and Jake Welch drew a walk. Cody Daily hit a double two-thirds of the way up the left field wall to plate Kopach. Welch then scored when Matt Jones reached on a throwing error on what should’ve been an inning ending groundout to shortstop Camden Duzenack.
The Salukis will conclude the series and the regular season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game. SIU needs a win and a Bradley loss against Indiana State to move up to the seventh seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.