Indiana State silences SIU offense in 5-0 loss
NORMAL, Ill. - Indiana State blanked the Salukis 5-0 on the second day of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Duffy Bass Field. With the loss, the Salukis (25-32, 6-15 MVC) have a 1-1 record in the double-elimination tournament and will face Wichita State in an elimination game Thursday at 9:07 a.m.
Devin Moore Moore threw a complete-game shutout for the Sycamores and held SIU to seven hits, all of them singles. Southern Illinois did not advance a runner past first base until there were two outs in the ninth inning.
"We barreled up some balls the first two or three innings and hit some balls right at them," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "But when (Moore) got the lead, he turned it up a notch. That's what good pitchers do. Tip your hat. We just didn't get anything going."
In two starts against SIU this season, Moore has tossed 18 scoreless innings and allowed nine hits. Wednesday's game marks the third time in the last six contests that SIU has been shutout.
Indiana State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Derek Hannahs singled to score Landon Curry. The run was unearned as Curry reached on a single and advanced to second when Wes Neecebobbled the ball in left field.
The Sycamores extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth with a pair of RBI singles. Jacob Hayes singled just past the outstretched glove of third baseman Cody Daily to score Mike Fitzgerald. Hayes then stole second with nobody covering and scored on Tyler Wampler's single to left. Indiana State opened up a 5-0 lead in the sixth with a couple more RBI singles up the middle.
"I'm disappointed in the way they got runners into scoring position," Henderson said, "but offensively they battled. They had some two-strike hits, and they got runners home with two-outs."
All 10 of the Sycamores' hits were singles, and four of their five runs came home on two-out hits.
Saluki starter Sam Coonrod allowed three runs, two of them earned, in five-plus innings to take the loss. He departed the game after walking the lead-off man in the sixth.
Matt Murphy was the only reliever the Salukis used. He surrendered one run off three hits in three innings of work.
Southern Illinois will start lefty Derek Fogel on Thursday morning against the Shockers. With a victory in the 9:07 a.m. game, the Salukis would advance to face Indiana State again at 4:07 p.m. on Thursday.