March 6, 2006
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SOUTHWEST BASEBALL TEAM TAKES TWO OF THREE FROM CLEVELAND
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.