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Simmons' arm helps Southeast Missouri State baseball team split with Morehead State
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team has not been able to post an Ohio Valley Conference series win so far this season.
Southeast will have that opportunity today thanks to Saturday's 9-4 win at Morehead State that sets up a rubber matchup in today's noon series finale in Morehead, Ky.
"It's a really important game for us, if we could get out of here 4-8 [in conference play] coming back home," Southeast coach Mark Hogan said.
Southeast lost its fourth straight OVC series opener Friday, falling 7-2, before bouncing back with Saturday's victory.
The Redhawks (11-25, 3-8) remained last in the 10-team OVC. MSU (20-15, 6-5) is in fourth place.
Shae Simmons continued to be Southeast's stopper. The junior right-hander from Scott City notched his third straight win on the mound Saturday. He has all of the Redhawks' OVC victories.
Simmons pitched into the eighth inning. He allowed four runs, two earned, and nine hits while striking out six and walking one. He leads the OVC in strikeouts, averaging nearly 11 per nine innings.
Simmons shut out the Eagles from the third through seventh innings.
"He's an eraser out there," Hogan said. "It was another super outing for him."
Southeast trailed 2-1 after three innings but scored eight consecutive runs to take control. All nine of the Redhawks' runs came with two outs.
Redshirt freshman right fielder Jason Blum's RBI double in the fourth inning pulled the Redhawks into a 2-2 tie.
Sophomore left fielder Derek Gibson, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games, put Southeast ahead 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Gibson's RBI double highlighted a two-run seventh inning that made it 5-2.
Senior shortstop Kenton Parmley broke open things with a grand slam in the eighth inning for a 9-2 advantage.
"That was big because it gave us some breathing room," Parmley said. "Now we've got a chance to take two out of three against a top-four team in the league."
Both teams had 10 hits. Gibson went 3 for 5 to lead Southeast. Parmley and Blum added two hits apiece.
Parmley extended his school-record hitting streak to 43 games. He broke the OVC record of 42 that Austin Peay's Chuck Abbott established in 1996.
Senior third baseman Trenton Moses extended his school record of reaching base safely to 56 straight games.
"We had a good day today," Hogan said.
Simmons carried a 9-2 lead into the eighth inning. He hit the leadoff batter and allowed a single, which ended his day.
Left-hander Ryan Prickett, Southeast's only senior pitcher, retired the first three batters he faced. The two runners that were on base scored on ground outs.
Prickett finished the victory with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit.
"He did a really good job," Hogan said.
Southeast led 1-0 when MSU took control with a four-run third inning. The Eagles rolled the rest of the way.
The Eagles' decisive third inning featured all four runs coming on four two-out hits.
Gibson's RBI single in the top of the third inning put Southeast on top. It was 7-1 when the Redhawks scored their final run on an RBI double by senior first baseman Kody Campbell in the eighth inning.
Sophomore left-hander Christian Hull (2-6) took the loss. He allowed all seven runs and 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two.
Two junior college transfer relievers shut down the Eagles.
Trevor Kill pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings, and Michael Patman allowed one hit over the final two frames.
True freshman Aaron Goe (3-4) pitched 7 1/3 innings for the victory. He allowed two runs and nine hits while striking out two and walking one.
Parmley went 3 for 4 with two doubles to pace Southeast's 10-hit attack. He scored both runs. The Eagles had 11 hits.