Breds Deal Salukis 7-2 Defeat
3/28/2012 6:30:00 PM
Murray State ended its two-game losing streak by going on the road and handing Southern Illinois a 7-2 defeat Wednesday afternoon at Abe Martin Field. The victory put an end to an 11-game losing streak in Carbondale dating back to 1999.
The Breds (14-12) got on the board in the first inning as Brandon Elliott was hit by a pitch and went to second on a Travis Isaak single to left field. With runners on the corners and two outs, Jacob Rhodes hit a chopper up the middle that was misplayed by the shortstop, allowing Elliott to score from third.
MSU took advantage of another fielding error in the second inning to push across its second run. Noah Zipko reached on a one-out walk and went to third on a fielding error by the shortstop off the bat of Paul Ritzheimer. With two outs, Zipko raced home on a wild pitch.
The Salukis (14-11) tied the game in the third as Rennie Troggio doubled to left center and then scored on Chris Serritella's two-run home run to right field. Austin Montgomery followed with a deep shot to center field, but Ritzheimer had other ideas as he jumped at the wall and robbed Montgomery for the final out of the inning.
The Breds regained the lead in the fifth as Rhodes sparked a two-out rally by reaching on a walk. Cody Larson followed with a run-scoring double to left center, and Dylan Wheeler followed with an RBI base hit to right field.
MSU added to the lead in the seventh as Mike Kozlowski reached on a throwing error and scored on Rhodes' two-run blast to right center.
The Breds pushed across another run in the eighth as Ritzheimer walked and went to third on Stetson's single through the right side. Elliott plated the run with a bunt base hit to first base.
Kyle Cornett (2-1) picked up the win after he allowed two runs on three hits over four innings. Matt Murphy (1-3) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over three innings. Joe Major (1) earned his first career save after throwing three shutout innings, allowing just four hits.
Wheeler led the offense with three hits, while Rhodes added a pair of hits and two RBIs.
The Breds return to the diamond Friday evening as they open a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Tennessee Tech. The series will continue Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.