Sikeston pitching shuts down ND in shutout

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

About the only good news for Notre Dame about its baseball game with visiting Sikeston on Tuesday is that it was not a SEMO Conference contest.

Not much else went right for the Bulldogs, who were routed 12-0 in a game stopped after six innings by the 10-run rule.

Notre Dame fell to 9-2 while Sikeston improved to 11-2. The squads will square off next Wednesday in Sikeston in a makeup game that will serve as their conference matchup.

Blake DeWitt fired a three-hitter, with nine strikeouts and no walks.

"We're averaging 10 runs a game, and then him coming in and three-hitting us is kind of a shock," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said. "We made mental mistakes early, but they went on from there and buried us. They're the best team we've seen by far. They struggled early, but they've got it rolling right now."

Sikeston had 15 hits, led by Jamie Puckett, Chris Cota and Jacob Priday with three each. Puckett had a home run.

Jeff Brosey took the loss, allowing 11 hits and eight runs in five innings.

Notre Dame will host Poplar Bluff today and Graviett is glad about that.

"I'm hoping the weather gives us a chance to come back and play tomorrow," he said. "The kids were a little down. You want to get back on the field and go again instead of sitting around.

"I think our kids will be OK. Sometimes this is a good thing and shows us what we need to improve on. Sikeston's a great team, and if we want to be a great team, we know where we need to work and what we need to do."

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