3/13/2009 12:00:00 AM
Parmley Homer Pushes SEMO Past Northern Illinois, 8-6
March 13, 2009
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Freshman shortstop Kenton Parmley hit his first career home run, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, to break a 6-6 tie and Southeast Missouri State held on to beat Northern Illinois 8-6 Friday at Capaha Field. Parmley blasted the first pitch he saw from reliever Zach Oates over the left field wall for the go-ahead runs in a game that went back-and-forth all afternoon.
Southeast (8-5) got the lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Jim Klocke singled to left-center, scoring Tony Spencer who led off the frame with a single, then stole second and advanced to third base on a throwing error.
Northern Illinois (4-10) answered back in the top of the second with a sacrifice fly from Alex Jones scoring Justin Behm.
The Redhawks plated four runs in the third inning, highlighted by back-to-back run-scoring doubles from Trenton Moses and Justin Wheeler that landed just inside fair territory. Kody Campbell added an RBI single up the middle to account for the fourth run.
Both teams scored single runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles from Matt Wagner of Southeast and Joe Buonavolanto of NIU.
The Huskies scored three times in the top of the fifth to pull within one run on RBI base hits from Matt Behren, Troy White and Jones.
NIU tied the game at six in the top of the seventh inning when Jordin Hood singled through the left side, scoring Jones for his second run of the afternoon.
The score remained 6-6 until Parmley came through in the bottom of the eighth. After Wheeler led off with an infield single, Campbell laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance him to second base. NIU made a pitching change, replacing Tom Zelasko with Oates. Parmley wasted no time as he drove the first pitch out of the park to give the Redhawks a 2-run lead.
Closer Jim Klocke pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his third save of the season.
Andy Stephens (1-0) was credited with his first career victory after throwing one and one-third perfect innings in relief.
Zelasko (1-1) took the loss for NIU, although he was effective over three and one-third middle relief innings.
Wagner and Wheeler both finished with three hits while Moses and Parmley notched two RBIs.
The teams will return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. The first game will play the full nine innings while the second will be a 7-inning contest. Head Coach Mark Hogan will be honored for his 800th career victory prior to the first game.