Tyler Bullock hit his 29th and 30th career home runs in Friday's game
May 21, 2010
By Jason Clay
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Senior designated hitter Tyler Bullock hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five RBIs to lead the Southern Illinois baseball team in a 6-5 win at Missouri State on Friday night at Hammons field.
The Salukis move two games above .500 for the first time all year and now stand at 28-26 overall and 10-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears fall to 19-32 overall and 5-15 in the league.
It was Bullock's second, two-homer game of the season and the fourth of his career. He now moves into a tie with Chris Serritella for the team lead with 13 and becomes just the second Saluki in program history to hit 30 home runs in a career. He finished the evening with three hits in four at-bats and a walk.
"I didn't see the ball really well the first day, but I just calmed down a little," Bullock said. "I caught a few fastballs and hit them well."
Missouri State had 12 hits and was led by Christian Overstreet, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored.
Junior left-handed pitcher Randy Hoelscher started on the hill for the Dawgs Friday. He lasted 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (three earned) off of nine hits. Freshman Lee Weld (5-4) got the win, as he struck out three batters in two innings.
Senior Bryant George tied the school record with his 98th career appearance and he registered his seventh save this year and 30th of his career.
Missouri State reliever Pier Johnson drew the loss, (1-2) as he gave up the homer to Bullock in the seventh that proved to be the winning run. The three MSU pitchers that were used combined to strike out 12 Salukis, eight of which were by left-handed starter Aaron Meade.
The Salukis jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the fourth inning.
Bullock was responsible for four of those runs, as he had a two-run single in the first and a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth. Pinnon drove in the other run with his single to left field in the second that scored Jordan Sivertsen.
Missouri State finally got to Hoelscher in the sixth after he gave up just four hits in the first five innings. The Bears got a solo home run from Curt Courtwright and then three other MSU hitters drove in runs. A fifth run came home on a Saluki error to tie the game at five.
Bullock then put the Dawgs back up in the seventh with his solo home run to left field.
George entered the game with two runners on and two outs in the eighth. He got Courtwright to groundout to Michael Stalter to end the eighth and did allow two runners to get on in the ninth, but struck out Keenen Maddox to end the game.