Derek Fogel allowed five runs in three and a third innings to take the loss for Southern.
May 23, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. – Wichita State eliminated Southern Illinois from the Missouri Valley Conference and ended SIU's season with a 15-0 defeat on a rainy Thursday morning at Duffy Bass Field. The 15-run deficit was the biggest defeat of the season for the Salukis (25-33, 6-15 MVC). The game ended after seven innings due to the double-digit lead. It was the first time SIU lost a game on the run rule since 2011.
The Shockers (36-26, 15-6 MVC) opened up a 6-0 lead with a four-run fourth inning and then put the game away with six runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 12-0.
“We weren’t prepared, especially on the mound,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “We couldn’t throw strikes. It certainly was contagious. Nobody wanted to pound the zone.”
Southern Illinois issued 10 walks, and seven of those walks led directly to a run. Eight of the walks came in the fourth and fifth innings, accounting for six of the 10 runs in those two innings.
“We were behind everybody,” Henderson said. “You can’t be behind in the count to everybody and expect to get good hitters out. That was the difference in the ballgame early on.”
Derek Fogel made his first start in nearly three weeks and allowed five runs off four hits in three and a third innings of work to drop his record to 0-5 on the season. He left the game with SIU down 5-0 after he surrendered a three-run home run to Mikel Mucha in the fourth.
The Shockers added another run in the inning against Lee Weld to extend the lead to 6-0.
An 11-minute rain delay in the middle of the fourth inning did little to slow down the Shockers’ offense. Wichita State tallied six more runs in the fifth and added a pair in the sixth to make it a 14-0 game.
Wichita State’s Garrett Brummett held the Salukis to three hits in five scoreless innings to earn the win and improve his record to 4-0 on the season. He struck out a career-high seven batters.
“(Brummett) threw strikes for the most part and got ahead of everybody,” said senior Austin Montgomery after his final game as a Saluki. “Having us hit out of a hole helped him out.”
SIU managed just four hits on the day and was shut out for the second day in a row and the fourth time in the last seven games after being shut out just twice in the first 51 games of the season.
“I thought we had a chance to score some runs early,” Henderson said, “but all of a sudden they threw up a four-spot and then a six-spot. It’s tough hitting in those conditions when you’re down that much.”