March 18, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Spencer Patton fired a complete-game shutout Friday night to lead Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to a 1-0 win over Valparaiso in college baseball at SimmonsCooper Complex.
The senior right-hander allowed just four hits and struck out 11 Crusaders, on shy of his career high. The win is the first nine-inning complete game of Patton's career. He improved to 2-2 on the season and now sports a team-low 1.17 earned run average.
"He was real good," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "That's the best he's pitched since he's been here."
SIUE, 5-12, was able to escape with the run against Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen. Deetjen also tossed a complete game and allowed the run on four hits.
"The kid just pitched real well," Collins said of Deetjen. "He took some off when he needed to, and he had a little more when he needed to."
The game was scoreless into the eighth inning, when the Cougars took the lead. Travis Becherer led off the inning with a bunt single to third base. James Vazquez then sacrificed him to second with one out. Becherer then stole third base. Mitch Matecki chopped a ground ball to VU third basean Karch Kowalczyk, who came home in an attempt to get Becherer at the plate, beginning a rundown. After numerous throws, Becherer was able to avert Kowalczyk's tag at home plate to score the eventual game-winner.
"He was going to be out so he just tried to stay in the rundown long enough to let Mitch (Matecki) get to second," Collins said. "But then he scored."
Becherer finished the game 2 for 3 with the run scored and a stolen base. Vazquez and Joel Greatting each had a hit for SIUE.
The Cougars will meet Creighton in a single game Saturday afternoon at SimmonsCooper Complex. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.