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Baseball Hangs on to Beat Mid-Continent, 16-12

Baseball Hangs on to Beat Mid-Continent, 16-12

May 5, 2010

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By Jeff Honza
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Brett Russell narrowly missed hitting for the cycle when he went a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs scored, a single, three doubles, a triple and four RBI to lead Southeast Missouri (27-17) to a 16-12 win over Mid-Continent (9-37) in a wild game at Capaha Field Wednesday.

Russell established career-highs in doubles, hits and RBI, helping Southeast to its 27th victory of the season. The 27 victories surpass the Redhawks win total from a year ago.

Sixteen different pitchers took the mound, as both teams combined for 28 runs, 30 hits and 10 errors.

"This was a tough game for us," said Southeast head coach Mark Hogan. "I felt like I was in the twilight zone with all the crazy things that were going on. It was an odd day, but we did do some good things."

Both teams were deadlocked in an 11-11 tie through six-and-a-half innings before the Redhawks capitalized on two errors to score five unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Tim Rupp greeted Cougar reliever Kalip Merrill single to left and went to second when Ky Burgess was hit by a pitch. Kenton Parmley followed with a fly ball to center which came off the glove of Erick Holt. Michael Adamson hit into what seemed to be a double play, but shortstop Lance Davis threw the ball by first base, allowing both Burgess and Rupp to score. Shortly after Jim Klocke singled home Adamson, Casey Jones flied out to center. Louie Haseltine then moved Klocke to third on a single to center, before Russell drove in both runners on a double to right center, giving Southeast a 16-11 lead.

Mid-Continent managed to score once more in the eighth before taking the 16-12 loss.

Right-hander Trent Wise (2-2) was credited with the win after giving up two hits and a run in two innings. Freshman closer Shae Simmons came on in the ninth and recorded two strikeouts and a fly ball out against the heart of the Cougars lineup.

Merrill (2-6) suffered the tough luck loss. He allowed two hits and was charged with four runs (all unearned) in just one-third of an inning.

Southeast registered 10 extra-base hits, including six doubles, two triples and two home runs. All nine starters had a hit and all but one scored.

Parmley, who launched his ninth home run of the season, went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Adamson went 2-for-5 with three runs, a triple and two RBI. Klocke added two hits, a run scored and one RBI. Haseltine finished at 3-for-6 with three runs scored, two doubles and three RBI. Rupp rounded out the Redhawks multiple-hit performers, going 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run, double and one RBI.

Connor (5) and Cody Tellor (4) accounted for nine of Mid-Continent's 12 RBI. Tellor also had three hits, a run scored and a home run.

The Redhawks out-hit the Cougars, 19-11, on the day.

Defensively, two of Southeast's errors came by way of catcher's interference.

In addition, the Redhawks committed a season-high eight errors.

Southeast steps out of Ohio Valley Conference play to face Big 12 Conference member Nebraska this weekend. The Redhawks and Cornhuskers open a three-game series in Lincoln Friday night. It marks the first meeting between these teams.

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