Southwest Tennessee Community College

March 6, 2006

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Release written by Keith Gentry

The Southwest baseball team won two of three games in a TJCCAA series against Cleveland State over the weekend. On Friday, the Saluqis defeated Cleveland State 15-4 at AutoZone Park then on Saturday the two teams split a doubleheader at Tony Gagliano Memorial Field with Cleveland State winning game one 3-2 and Southwest winning the nightcap 4-2. The Saluqis improved their record to 11-7 on the year.

In Friday’s game, Southwest hammered out 15 hits and scored at least one run in every inning. Philip Gibson led the offensive attack as he had three doubles, a sacrifice fly and five runs batted in. Preston Burleson had three hits as he set the tone from the lead off position, scoring four runs. Jon Thurston, Brett Jenne, Corey Rudolph and Elvis Sosa each had two hits as well. Pitcher Jason Adams took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and wound up going six strong innings while allowing two earned runs. Adams improved his record to 3-1 on the year.

In Saturday’s first game, pitcher Darren Wills took a one hit shutout into the seventh before tiring. Wills had nine strikeouts and allowed only two hits in six innings of work. Cleveland State rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead and held on for the victory. The top hitter for Southwest in game one was Jon Thurston who had two hits and drove in two runs.

In game two, pitcher Ivan Nails went the distance on the mound as he hurled a three hitter. The Southeast Missouri signee struck out five and improved his season record to 2-1. Offensively for Southwest in the second game, Preston Burleson was 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Josh Maurizi was 2 for 3 with a double.

Southwest looks forward a busy week as they travel to Fayette, Alabama on Tuesday, hosts Mississippi Delta on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Gagliano Field, and travels to Jackson, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday to take on conference rival Jackson State in a three-game series.