May 18, 2006
By Jeff Honza
NORMAL, Ill. - Freshman right-hander Ian Berger struck out eight, gave up only three hits and did not allow a walk in a dominating complete game gem to lead Illinois State University (19-32, 9-13) to a 7-1 win over Southern Illinois (32-22, 11-11) earlier tonight at Redbird Field.
Berger retired eight -straight SIU hitters to start the game and 11 Salukis in a row to end the game.
He threw seven innings of no-hit, shutout baseball. The only three hits he allowed were infield singles, which came in the fourth and fifth frames. And, just four Salukis reached base against him.
SIU made mistakes and ILS cashed in, especially with two outs.
Ryan Anetsberger was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an ensuing two-out double by Jesse Griswold to give the Redbirds a quick 1-0 lead in the first.
Griswold reached on an error and touched home on a two-out single by Kevin Dubler to bump ILS' lead to 2-0 in the fourth.
In the sixth, Anetsberger reached on another Saluki error and scored when Dubler hit a two-out double down the left field line.
It was then in the seventh and eighth, where the `Birds blew the game open.
Matt Bolt launched a two-out solo home run in the seventh, before a run-scoring triple by Kris Jenkins, a RBI-single by Dubler and a third SIU error plated three more runs in the eighth.
Berger improved to 6-5 on the year.
Jordan Powell took the loss after giving up five hits and four runs to go along with four strikeouts in seven innings. He is also 6-5.
ILS and SIU continue to battle for the final trip to the 2006 ConAgra Foods Missouri Valley Conference Tournament tomorrow at 6 p.m., CST. Senior left-hander Tyler Norrick will start on the mound for the Dawgs.