CARBONDALE — Carbondale left-hander Alec Barrett tossed a three-hit shutout and the Terriers beat Herrin 8-0 in a non-conference baseball game on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Terrier Stadium.
“The conditions weren’t optimal with the wind blowing the way it was, but the guys battled,” said Carbondale coach Scott Hankey. “Their pitcher kept us off balance, so we had to manufacture runs and finally we came through in the fourth inning. Later once they started walking people we took advantage.”
Carbondale improved to 6-4 with its second consecutive shutout while Herrin dropped to 5-5.
“The only bright spot was Brock Graul threw great today,” said Herrin coach Rick Damico. “When you throw like he did you ought to win. We had three guys at third base with less than one out and failed to even give them a chance to score.”
Barrett (1-2) gave up a leadoff base hit to Nick Hunter to start the game and didn’t give up another hit until Jace Hahs singled with one-out in the fifth. In between, he allowed just three other base runners on an error in the first and walks in the second and third innings.
“It was a very windy day, so I just tried to focus playing catch with the catcher,” Barrett said. “I didn’t try to aim anything and just let them see what they could hit with this wind coming in. I didn’t figure they would be hitting anything too far that our defense couldn’t get, so I just threw strikes. My fastball worked really well today and my curveball came in clutch a few times, especially later in the game.”
The senior pitched around one-out and two-out walks in the sixth and a one-out error followed by a base hit by Cameron Vaughn in the seventh. With runners at first and second and one out, Barrett struck out Jake Gibson on four pitches and got Hunter on a line drive to right on one pitch for his first complete game in four starts.
Barrett finished with seven strikeouts and four walks. His previous longest outing was four innings in his first start.
“My arm felt really good today,” Barrett said. “The warm weather helped a little bit.”
Carbondale finished with just four hits, but the four Tiger pitchers issued eight walks. In addition the Tigers committed five errors that led to three runs.
“We didn’t come out focused and ready to play,” Damico said.
Graul (0-1) pitched into the fifth inning holding the Terriers scoreless until the fourth. The senior pitched around a one-out walk in the first and a two-out error followed by a base hit by Vinny Rushing in the second and got out the jam when the lead runner was thrown out at the plate.
With two outs in the fourth, Dylan Perrott doubled over the right fielders’ head and after advancing to third on a balk, scored on an error by the shortstop to give the Terriers the lead.
Graul walked Justin Massingale to lead off the fifth. The left fielder stole second on the first pitch to D.J. Brunaugh and advanced to third on a pick off attempt when the throw went into the centerfield. Massingale scored on a base hit to left by Brunaugh.
Ryohei Matsubara relieved Graul and Massingale scored when Matsubara threw away a bunt by Riley Coffer with Coffer winding up at second base. He stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bodie Jones to up the lead to 4-0.
The Terriers doubled their lead in the sixth, scoring four runs on just one hit. With one out, the third pitcher Carson Haake walked in a run after issuing a walk, hitting a batter and walking the next two batters, including Coffer with the bases loaded.
Vaughn relieved Haake with the bases still loaded and threw a wild pitch to score the second run. One out later, Jones got the only hit on a line drive to left to drive in the last two runs.