Sophomore first baseman Chris Serritella
May 18, 2010
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Sophomore first baseman Chris Serritella led the Southern Illinois baseball team in a blowout, 16-5, win over Saint Louis with a two doubles, a home run and five RBIs on Tuesday at Abe Martin Field.
Serritella broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer down the right-field line, his 13th of the season. That ended an 11-game homerless stretch for the team-leader and started a four-run inning for the Dawgs that gave them the lead for good. The Salukis added one run in the seventh and sixth in the eighth to race past the Billikens (26-27).
"Everything worked out today and it was a good team victory," Serritella said. "I got some good pitches to hit. A couple balls were middle-in and I just took advantage of it. I had a good batting practice today and coach [Ken] Henderson and I talked about staying inside balls, and I did just that."
The Salukis (26-26) were hammering the ball on Tuesday. SIU had 19 hits, four doubles and three home runs. Blake Pinnon hit a ball so hard in the fourth inning that it went straight through the left-field wall on the fly.
Serritella had four hits in the game, drove in the five runs and had two doubles for the second-straight game. He moved into a tie for sixth for the most homers hit in Saluki single-season history and with his 61 RBIs, he also sits in sixth-place on that record list.
Pinnon, sophomore catcher Brian Bajer and senior outfielder Aaron Roberts all had three hits in the game. Pinnon scored three runs, Bajer drove in two runs and hit his fourth homer on the year and Roberts was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Roberts moved into 10th place for the most hits in a career, as he now has 236 in four years.
Senior shortstop Michael Stalter was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in. His two hits went for a double and a home run.
Weld entered on the hill in the fifth inning, struck out three batters and only yielded one hit as he picked up his fourth win on the year (4-4).
Saint Louis also threw seven pitchers in Tuesday's contest, and it was Jon Levin (0-1) that drew the loss. He gave up three runs in the sixth, including Serritella's two-run homer.
The Salukis head out to Springfield, Mo. on Wednesday afternoon for its final series before the MVC Tournament. Game one begins on Thursday at 1 p.m and fans can listen to the action with "Voice of the Salukis" Mike Reis on WFRX 1300-AM.