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Saluki baseball wins third straight

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Senior infielder Hunter Anderson bats the ball Friday, March 9, 2018, during the Salukis’ 4-0 win against Northern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. (Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)

Senior infielder Hunter Anderson bats the ball Friday, March 9, 2018, during the Salukis’ 4-0 win against Northern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. (Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)

Senior infielder Hunter Anderson bats the ball Friday, March 9, 2018, during the Salukis’ 4-0 win against Northern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. (Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)

By Dillon Gilliland, Sports Reporter

With another quality start, SIU closed out the Northern Illinois Huskies (4-8) on Friday afternoon, 4-0, for its first home win of the season.

After three scoreless innings, Southern kept its trend of scoring first alive with a single by junior left fielder Alex Lyon who proceeded to steal second in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior designated hitter Hunter Anderson followed with a walk, while teammate junior right fielder Kenton Crawford loaded the bases with a single. Then, sophomore catcher Austin Ulick drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly that put Southern up 1-0.

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The Salukis kept the balling rolling in the fifth with a single down the third base line from junior second baseman Nikola Vasic who continued to steal second.

Senior infielder Connor Kopach looks at his bat Friday, March 9, 2018, during the Salukis’ 4-0 win against Northern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. (Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)

Sophomore center fielder Addison Fugitt drove in the second run of the day with a single up the gut. Fugitt continued the team’s tradition and stole second base.

With back-to-back singles from senior first baseman Logan Blackfan and Lyon, SIU added two more runs and went up 4-0.

“It was good baseball,” head coach Ken Henderson said. “We played well and we grinded out AB’s.”

With a quality start from senior pitcher Michael Baird and a solid close from senior pitcher Ryan Netemeyer, the Salukis put up their second closeout of the week.

“Michael was outstanding,” Henderson said. “He really gave our offense a chance.”

Michael Baird (1-1) earned his first win of the season with only five hits and seven strikeouts through eight innings.

“It feels good,” Baird said. “I just try and do my best each and every day and try and give my team a chance to win.”

After a rocky start, Southern changed up its lineup, putting Vasic in the leadoff spot followed by Fugitt, while putting Kopach in the three-spot. Lyon dropped to fifth and Blackfan held down the clean-up spot.

(Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)
Senior pitcher Michael Baird pitches the ball Friday, March 9, 2018, during the Salukis’ 4-0 win against Northern Illinois University at Itchy Jones Stadium. (Nathan Dodd | @NathanMDodd)

Since changing the top of the lineup, the team has won three straight.

“Nikola and Fugitt are doing a good job of getting on,” Kopach said. “I just try to put the ball in play and Logan usually brings us in.”

SIU (6-8) will finish the three-game series against Northern Illinois tomorrow with a double-header. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the second will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.

“Things are rolling for the team,” Baird said. “The sky is the limit for this team.”

Sports reporter Dillon Gilliland can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DillonGilliland.

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