May 18, 2007
By Jeff Honza
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Cody Adams nailed down his third complete game victory and became the first Saluki pitcher to get 11 wins in a season in 32 years when Southern Illinois University (33-20, 12-11) beat Indiana State (26-25, 7-16), 12-3, earlier tonight at Sycamore Field.
Adams (11-4) tied Ron Hodges (1975) and John Hotz (1964) for fifth in all-time single-season pitching wins at SIU.
A native of Viola, Ill., Adams limited INS to just three runs on five hits. He also struck out six and retired the Sycamores in order in each of the third, fourth, seventh and ninth innings.
"Cody fell behind early, but recovered well and dominated the rest of the way," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "We always feel like we have a chance to win when he's on the mound."
SIU trailed, 3-2, when a controversial call allowed the Salukis to tie the game in the sixth.
Adam Hills then swung at an inside pitch with two strikes in the count against INS reliever Josh Varno. Hills was initially called out on strikes, but headed down the first base line, as the ball appeared to glance his forearm on the play.
The Sycamores were already in the dugout when Hills headed back toward home plate to show the umpire where he'd been hit. The umpire then overturned the call and Finigan jogged home to tie the game at 3-3.
With two outs and runners on first and second, INS elected to intentionally walk Hills to get to Mark Kelly, the Missouri Valley Conference's second-best hitter. The risky move backfired in a huge way, as Kelly ripped Skyler Pearson's first offering for a ringing bases clearing double to left center.
Kelly's clutch hit fueled a six-run rout, as the Salukis took a comfortable 9-3 lead and never looked back.
Aided by three walks, SIU loaded the bases one last time in the ninth before Chris Crank doubled home three more two-out runs to put the finishing touches on the 12-3 win.
Pearson (5-1) suffered his first loss after giving up five runs, two walks and three hits in two innings of work.
SIU, which recorded its largest margin of victory (+9) in a league game this season, outhit, INS, 13-5. The Salukis' six runs in the eighth marked the most in an inning against a Valley opponent.
Kelly, Koski, Elmendorf, Crank and Tyler Choate combined for 11 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI on the night.
SIU wraps up its regular-season against INS at Noon, CST, Sunday. Jordan Powell (5-7) will start on the mound.