Marion, IL (June 3, 2018) – The Southern Illinois Miners came back yet again against the Evansville Otters on Sunday night at Rent One Park for a 4-2 victory, the team’s fourth straight win, and swept the visitors in the weekend series in Marion.
The Otters scored both their runs in the top of the second inning against starter Kurt Heyer on RBI hits by Luis Vilorio and Ryan Long to take a 2-0 lead. The Miners would get one run right back in the bottom of the frame on a two-out RBI single by John Holland to make it 2-1, and that’s the way the score remained as both Heyer and Otters starter Tyler Vail worked around baserunners in nearly every inning from the third through the fifth, with Austin Dubsky taking over for Heyer after he worked four innings and surrendered only the two Evansville runs.
After the Miners had the tying run in scoring position in four straight innings against Vail, they broke through in the sixth inning when Romeo Cortina doubled and scored on an RBI single to left field by Dougie Parks, his first professional hit, to chase Vail and tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless top of the seventh by Dubsky (1-0), Southern Illinois would take the lead for good in the bottom half, as Chance Shepard walked against reliever Sean Adler (1-2) with one out, and was followed by a Nolan Earley double. With men at second and third base, Ben Moore then gave the Miners the lead for good with a two-run single up the middle to put Southern Illinois ahead 4-2.
Dubsky polished off a four-inning, scoreless outing of relief in the eighth, and gave way to rookie Michael Starcevich in the ninth inning. The right-hander, making his professional debut, would hold the Otters scoreless in the inning for his first professional save, shutting the door and stranding the tying runs on base when he got Jeff Gardner to ground out to Shepard to end the contest and seal the series sweep.
Earley, Moore, Cortina and Parks all finished with two hits apiece, with Earley and Cortina registering doubles in the game as the Miners took all three games from their West Division rivals. After an off day on Monday, the Miners head back on the road for a six-game road trip beginning on Tuesday night against the Florence Freedom in northern Kentucky. Chris Washington will pitch the series opener for Southern Illinois at UC Health Stadium at 5:35 p.m.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s winningest franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.siminers.com.