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SEMO Drops Road Contest to Salukis, 5-4

SEMO Drops Road Contest to Salukis, 5-4

April 15, 2008

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By Tyler Koonce, Baseball Contact

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois erased a four-run deficit to defeat Southeast Missouri State, 5-4, Tuesday at Abe Martin Field. The Redhawks (14-15) were held hitless over the final four innings by Salukis (19-15) reliever Nick Rice.

The Redhawks got on the board in the top of the second inning on an unusual play. After Matt Wulfers hit a grounder to first base, SIU first basemen Adam Hills threw to second to retire Trenton Moses but when shortstop Owen Mackedon relayed to first, no one was covering the base. The ball went into the Southeast dugout, allowing Matt Wagner to come around to score. Wagner led off the inning with a double to left-center.

Southeast added another run on an error the following inning. Blake Slattery led off and reached when he was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Tony Spencer followed with a grounder to second that got away from Scott Elmendorf in short centerfield, bring Slattery across the plate.

The lead increased to three when Tyrell Cummings drove in Nick Harris with an RBI double to left later in the third. Harris had previously reached on a single through the left side, stole second and moved to third when catcher Mark Kelly's throw went into centerfield.

Cummings and Harris again teamed up to increase the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Harris led off with a single to center and moved to second on a groundout by Jim Klocke. Cummings then delivered a single to left-center to bring in Harris and stretched the advantage to 4-0.

Mark Kelly cut the lead in half for SIU with a two-run double to left in the bottom of the fifth. Adam Hills scored on a balk by Andy Stephens later in the frame to narrow the lead to 4-3. Tyler Bullock followed with an RBI single to left to tie the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Mark Kelly drove in Michael Finigan with a single to right for the go-ahead run.

Nick Rice (2-1) earned the victory in relief for the Salukis, pitching four innings without allowing a hit or walk to finish the game. He registered two strikeouts.

Starter Andrew Dunn pitched the first five innings for SIU, allowing nine hits but only one earned run.

Ryan Poole started for the Redhawks and threw four shutout innings before leaving the game with one out in the fifth. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs, with the last two runs scoring as inherited runners after he left the game.

Lance Rhodes (0-3) took the loss for Southeast after allowing only one earned run in 1.2 innings of relief.

SEMO returns to Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend against league-leading Samford. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's series finale are both scheduled for 1 p.m.

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