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Baseball Loses Heartbreaker to Auburn, 9-8, in Extra Innings

Baseball Loses Heartbreaker to Auburn, 9-8, in Extra Innings

Feb. 20, 2010

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By Brett Maikowski
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

AUBURN, Ala. - Southeast (1-1) battled back from a four-run deficit and took a two-run lead going into the bottom of the 10th inning, but was unable to close it out as Auburn (1-1) scored three to take the 9-8 win.

Errors continued to haunt the Tigers, who finished with five on the night, including two in the tenth inning. Brennan Malham, Taylor Heon, and Michael Adamson each reached base safely to start the tenth against Bradley Hendrix (1-0), with Heon reaching second base because of an error on the second baseman, which loaded the bases. Then a whole series of bad throws and errors brought in two runs on one play.

Jim Klocke reached base on a fielder's choice, but advanced to second after the throw to first went into the grass. First baseman Hunter Morris then tried to gun down Heon at the plate, but his throw was off the mark, giving Southeast a two-run lead in the tenth.

Trent Wise (0-1) wore down at the end though and ended up allowing three hits and three runs in the inning, ending the game and evening the series at one apiece.

The first four innings featured a strong pitchers' duel between Logan Mahon and Grant Dayton. Mahon held the Tigers to just one run and six hits through four innings, while striking out four. Dayton made it through four scoreless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fifth.

The Redhawks got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning off a string of hits starting with Brennan Malham. Malham led the attack with a single through the left side of the infield followed by a Taylor Heon double to left center, which scored Malham. Michael Adamson kept the two-out hitting going with an RBI single, bringing in Heon to give Southeast a 2-1 lead.

The lead didn't last for long though, as the Tigers quickly piled on five more runs in the next three innings. Junior Jon Dicus replaced Mahon in the fifth inning and held the Tigers scoreless that inning. In the sixth, Dicus allowed a pair of runs following a Tony Caldwell ground rule double that bounced over the right field wall, giving the lead back to the Tigers.

After the Tigers scored once more in the seventh inning, Wise entered the game with runners on first and third to replace Dicus. Brian Fletcher doubled off Wise, scoring two. Wise got out of the inning shortly after though, striking out one.

In the eighth, the Redhawks started getting on base. Louie Haseltine and Kody Campbell led off with a pair of walks followed by a couple RBI singles by Trenton Moses and Blake Slattery. Slattery later stole third and took home off an error by catcher Ryan Jenkins to bring Southeast within one heading into the ninth.

Adamson hit his third single of the night and represented the tying run in the ninth. Jim Klocke followed with another hard hit single to the first baseman. Both runners then advanced on a balk by Austin Hubbard. Campbell then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing in the tying run from Adamson to send the game into extra innings.

Hendrix picked up the win tonight, pitching a total of 1.0 inning with two runs and a hit against him.

The rubber match between Southeast and Auburn will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. Junior LHP Jordan Underwood is set to battle junior LHP Cole Nelson on the mound.

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