CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo - Southeast Missouri State swept an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader against UT Martin Saturday at Capaha Field. The Redhawks (15-8, 5-0 OVC) won the first game in walk-off fashion when Matt Wagner blasted a game-winning home run in extra innings to win 6-5 and then held on for a 9-7 victory over the Skyhawks (9-12, 0-2 OVC) in the nightcap. Southeast has now won five straight to open OVC play.
Wagner sent the second pitch of the bottom of the 10th inning over the right-center field wall to give Southeast their second walk-off victory of the season. Justin Wheeler hit a game-winning 3-run home run in game two against Northern Illinois on March 14.
The homer was the 26th of Wagner's career to tie Zach Borowiak for eighth-most in school history. He also moved into eighth place alone on the career runs batted in chart, going ahead of Clemente Bonilla with the 122nd RBI of his 3-year career.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Redhawks caught a break when Tyrell Cummings reached on an error with one out. Trenton Moses then reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second when Nick Harris was hit by a pitch. Louie Haseltine followed with a 3-run homer to left-center field to tie the score at five.
Kenton Parmley gave Southeast an early lead with a 2-run opposite field home run in the bottom of the second inning.
Closer Jim Klocke (2-0) was credited with the victory after throwing two scoreless relief innings.
Tanner Hensley (3-2) took the loss after surrendering the game-winner.
In game two, the Redhawks powerful offense got out to a 7-1 lead and then withstood the UT Martin offensive charge to hold on for a 9-7 win. Cummings led the offensive outburst with two home runs and five RBIs. Justin Wheeler added a grand slam in the second inning.
Cummings' first blast was a 3-run shot off of the scoreboard in left field in the first inning. He added a 2-run opposite field homer in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference.
Wheeler hit a moonshot over the scoreboard for his grand slam in the second inning, scoring Parmley, Harris and Tony Spencer, who had previously reached with two singles and a walk.
James Leigh (4-0) threw six innings, allowing three earned runs to improve on his perfect record. He struck out five and did not issue a walk. Leigh now has a 3.16 earned run average on the season with 39 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched.
Klocke earned his sixth save of the season, inducing a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. He now ranks third in Southeast single-season history with six saves. Brad Smith holds the record with 11 saves in 2004 while Hal Hempen sits in second place with eight saves in 1987.
Klocke also tied Jeffrey Hilz for fourth in school history in career saves. Hilz also notched six saves from 2000-01. Smith holds the school record with 13 saves from 2004-05 while Hempen finished with 10 from 1986-87. Klocke is now one save behind Troy Pehle, who finished his career with seven saves from 1994-97.
Brendan Lozupone (0-1) started for the Skyhawks and took the defeat after giving up seven earned runs in one and one-third innings on the mound.