June 1, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Southern Illinois rallied for six runs in the fifth inning on Sunday and went on to beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 15-5.
The Miners salvaged the finale of the three-game series, in front of 2,128 at Road Ranger Stadium.
Joey Metropoulos was 3-for-5, with a home run, two doubles and four RBI. He hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in the last two games of the series.
In the fifth inning, the first five Miners reached base. Metropoulos tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run double. Willie Keene drove in the go-ahead run on an infield hit. Mike Victor added a two-run double and Jake Smith drove Rockford starter Chris Schutt (1-1) from the mound with a one-out RBI single.
Southern Illinois reliever Clay Zavada entered in the bottom of the fifth with two men in scoring position and one out. Zavada (1-1) snuffed out the rally and retired all five hitters he faced. He was awarded the win because the starter failed to last five innings.
Rockford’s Chris Raber was 3-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to four games.
The RiverHawks host Windy City at 7:05 p.m. Monday.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.