By: Joe Frye
It was business as usual for the Saluki baseball team as they defeated the Belmont Bruins 11-1 on Tuesday night in a non conference matchup at Itchy Jones Stadium. The now 18-10 Salukis broke the game wide open in the second inning, by scoring seven runs, and used a great effort from their relief pitchers to close the door. Junior Austin McPheron didn’t start the game, but he took absolute control when he took over in the third inning, and went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a run and only surrendering two hits. McPheron relieved junior Connor McFadden who went the initial two innings but was relieved of his duties after having trouble finding the strike zone. Senior Colten Selvey grabbed four outs, and then freshman Mitch Townsend notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The most impressive part of this game was the powerful offense Belmont brought according to our stat sheets. Eight of the nine starters came in with a batting average above .300. Also Belmont was coming into this matchup after sweeping UT Martin and scoring a total of forty runs in three ball games, including a twenty-three run explosion on Saturday.
But the Dawgs came in with an attitude that knew they would dominate from the get-go and they would prevail. Offensively it was multiple contributors but it was especially nice to see sophomore Nick Hutchins lead the way with three rbi’s and going 3-5. Hutchins struggled at the plate this past weekend, but was the WIDB co-player of the game due to his stellar defensive and hitting. Junior Will Farmer continued his hot streak, going 3-5 as well while scoring two runs and driving in one more. SIU tallied fifteen hits, and scored double digits for the second time in four games.
After this win the Salukis won’t be slowing down, as they head to Murray Statetomorrow for a one game series against the Racers. After that, its another three game homestead as Indiana State comes to town Friday through Sunday. You can catch all those home games on WIDB.net and read our postgame blogs afterwards.