4/3/2011 12:00:00 AM
Baseball Drops Series Finale To Eastern Kentucky, 11-5
April 3, 2011
by Bo BuntonSoutheast Missouri Sports Information
RICHMOND, KY. – The Southeast Missouri baseball team fell in the series finale to Eastern Kentucky today, 11-5. The Redhawks won the series, taking both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, but fell to 15-12 and 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference with the loss.
Brad LaBruyere took the loss on the mound, just his first defeat of the season. He threw five innings for the Redhawks, giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out four batters and walked just one.
Jesse Tierney led the offense, pounding three hits in five at-bats. He hit his third double of the season and drove in one run. Brett Russell had two hits in four at-bats and scored two runs. He hit his second homer of the season and drove in two in the game. Kenton Parmley had two hits in five at-bats and scored on run, while Blake Slattery had one hit, stole one base and drove in one run.
Southeast was out-hit 14-11 in the game, but did not commit an error in the field.
The Colonels got a run on the board in the first inning via solo home run by Jacob Daniel to left field.
Eastern Kentucky scored an unearned run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Jesse Tierney singled to left center and Michael Adamson singled to right field to keep the inning alive in the third inning. A great diving play by short stop Richie Rodriguez robbed Trenton Moses of an RBI single that kept the Redhawks run total at zero.
Richie Rodriguez took a 2-and-2 pitch from Brad LaBruyere over the left field wall for a solo shot in the third inning. Kenton Parmley showed off his defensive skills, making a diving catch on a soft line drive off the bat of A.J. Jamison for the second out of the inning.
The Colonels held a 3-0 lead after three innings, scoring a run in each of the first three frames.
Louie Haseltine picked up his sixth double of the season on a missile down the left field line and Blake Slattery earned a walk to bring up Tim Rupp with two outs. Rupp singled on a line drive to center field to plate Casey Jones and put the Redhawks on the board in the fourth inning. Kenton Parmley beat out the throw on a shot down the third base line, but the first base umpire ruled Parmley out at first base, ending the Redhawks half of the inning.
Southeast scored one run in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Blake Slattery. He plated Brett Russell, who walked on a full count.
Kenton Parmley led off the Redhawks half of the seventh inning with a double down the left field line and would score on a double by Jesse Tierney to cut the Colonels lead to 9-3. Southeast could not plate another run in the inning.
The big blow in the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bryan Soloman hit a leadoff double off of LaBruyere, who would be relieved by Ryan Prickett after the hit. Prickett struck out Michael Garcia and Alex Hughes to give the Redhawks two quick outs, but the Colonels would score six runs on four hits. Prickett walked Matt Phipps and gave up an RBI single to Alex Arovits to put runners on first and third. Richie Rodriguez singled home another run with a drive to center field. Kirk Boeller would try and get the Redhawks out of the jam, but an infield hit kept the inning alive for the Colonels. Jacob Daniel hit a three-run home run to left center to extend the EKU lead to 9-2 after six complete innings.
In the Redhawks top of the seventh inning, Kenton Parmley led off with a single through the left side and would score on an RBI double by Jesse Tierney. Southeast would cut the lead to 9-3.
Eastern Kentucky would score two runs in the seventh inning off of Christan Hull and Corey Harness to extend the lead to 11-3.
Brett Russell hit a line drive over the protective net in right center field onto the track to lead off the eighth inning. It was Russell’s sixth home run of the season. After Tim Rupp walked with two outs, Kenton Parmley reached on a fielder’s choice, in which short stop Rodriguez threw wildly to second base to keep the inning alive. Jesse Tierney got the count full to move the runners on the pitch, but a groundout to the pitcher ended the threat. Southeast trailed 11-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Shae Simmons would pitch the eighth inning for Southeast, striking out the side.
In the ninth, Kody Campbell would come around to score on a base hit to center by Russell after reaching on a walk. The Redhawks would not plate another run and fell 11-5 in the game.
Southeast will travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on Arkansas State on Tuesday.