March 7, 2005
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SOUTHWEST BASEBALL TEAM WINS ONE OF THREE AT JACKSON STATE
The Southwest baseball traveled to Jackson, Tennessee over the weekend
for a three-game conference series and came back to Memphis with one win
and two losses. On Friday, the Saluqis scored 11 runs on 13 hits but it
wasn’t enough as Jackson State won a slugfest 21-11. In Saturday’s
doubleheader, Southwest won the first game 7-6 in ten innings before
losing the second game 2-1.
In the series opener on Friday, Jeremy Finney led the Saluqis with three
hits, a double, and a run batted in. Several other Southwest players had
multiple hits in the game – Brit Vincent (2 hits, home run, 2 RBI), Matt
Akin (2 hits, double, RBI), and Ryan Orr (2 hits, double, RBI). Chris
Rogers also hit a home run in the game for the Saluqis.
There were two nail-biters on Saturday. In game one, the Saluqis came
back from a 6-2 deficit, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to
tie the game at 6-6, sending the game into extra innings. The game
remained tied until the tenth, when Brit Vincent led off the inning with
a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brendan Murphy, to
third on a single by Chris Rogers, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild
pitch. Ivan Nails pitched an outstanding game in relief of starter Shane
Jackson, allowing only base-runner (an infield hit) and no runs in 4-1/3
innings, earning the first win of his collegiate career. Finney was
again the top hitter for Southwest with a single, triple, and 3 RBI.
In the series finale, the Saluqis took a 1-0 lead in the second as Matt
Akin led off with a double and later scored on a ground ball out by
Dustin Turner. After Jackson State tied the game at 1-1 in the third,
the game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth when Jackson State
scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error. Southwest right-hander Josh
Cowan pitched his best game of the young season, allowing only two hits
and no earned runs in six innings.
The Saluqis record now stands at 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the Tennessee
Junior and Community College Athletic Association. The team returns to
action on Tuesday, March 8, when Southwest travels to Senatobia,
Mississippi to take on Northwest Mississippi Community College in a 1
p.m. doubleheader. This weekend, the Saluqis host Motlow State Community
College in a three-game TJCCAA series at Tony Gagliano Memorial Field.
The two teams will play a single game on Friday, March 11 at 3 p.m.,
followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 12.