3/6/2011 12:00:00 AM
Baseball Falls 7-2 To Troy in Series Finale
March 6, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
TROY, ALA. – The Southeast Missouri baseball team dropped the series finale to Troy University, 7-2. The Redhawks were swept in the three-game series for the first time since being swept by Nebraska last season. Southeast fell to 7-5 on the season, but will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Arkansas-Little Rock for a two-game series.
Taylor Heon, Kenton Parmley and Blake Slattery each had two hits in the game. Slattery and Brennan Malham scored the Redhawks runs. Slattery hit a solo home run, while Malham scored after reaching base on a double to right field.
The Redhawks did something they had not been able to do all series, get a hit in the first inning. Kenton Parmley picked up a base just out of the reach of the diving third baseman. Michael Adamson hit a ball to short stop Adam Bryant, who led the nation in fielding percentage last season that would roll up his arm and gave the Redhawks two base runners. Casey Jones hit into an inning ending double play.
Brennan Malham, who made his first start of the season in the designated hitter spot, sparked the Southeast offense by taking the first pitch he saw off the right field wall for a double. He would score on a single to right center field by Taylor Heon and the Redhawks would take its first lead in 21 innings against the Trojans.
Nick Thomas retired the first six batters of the game before hitting Todd McRae to leadoff the third inning. Boone Shear one-hopped the left field wall for a double that moved McRae to third base. Hayden Hillyer lined a ball into right field that would plate McRae to tie the game. All-American Adam Bryant lined the first pitch from Thomas into center field to score Shear.
A sacrifice bunt by Tyson Workman moved the runners to second and third to set up hot-hitting T.J. Rivera. Thomas got a big out when he forced Rivera to pop up to right fielder Louie Haseltine that was too shallow to test Haseltine’s arm.
Blake Martz hit a towering ball down the left field line for a three-run home run that would end Thomas’ day on the mound. He would pitch 2.2 innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits and would take the loss on the mound.
Ryan Prickett entered the game in replace of Thomas. He got out of the inning with a ground out to Kenton Parmley.
Louie Haseltine picked up a one out hit in the fourth inning and Blake Slattery followed with a single through the right side, but Southeast was unable to chip away at the deficit.
The Trojans had back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth inning and were moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Kenton Parmley took a groundball from T.J. Rivera and elected to get the out at first instead of attempting to throw out Hillyer at the plate. A passed ball on Tierney moved the runners up to second and third and a wild pitch would plate a runner on the next pitch. Troy would increase their lead to 7-1 after five innings of play.
Casey Jones led off the sixth inning with a single to right field, but a double play ball off the bat of Louie Haseltine quickly put two outs on the board. Blake Slattery took the first pitch from Ryan Sorce and dumped it over the 30-foot high right field wall for his first home run of the season.
Southeast trailed 7-2 after 5.2 innings, although they were even in the hits column with seven apiece.
Prickett ended his day after getting Logan Pierce to fly out to Slattery in the sixth inning. He finished with 2.2 innings of work and gave up two runs on three hits.
Trent Wise entered the game and recorded the remaining two outs of the inning, giving up one hit.
Tim Rupp led off the seventh inning with a lineout to second baseman T.J. Rivera. Taylor Heon and Kenton Parmley had back-to-back singles, but the Redhawks could not get any runners across home plate.
Wise would end the game with 1.2 innings of work, giving up just one hit, while striking out one batter.
Corey Harness pitched a perfect eighth inning.
Southeast could not score in the ninth inning and the series would end with the Redhawks dropping all three games. Southeast fell to 7-5 on the season.
They will be back in action on Tuesday at 6 pm when they travel to Arkansas-Little Rock for a two-game series.