Feb. 28, 2012
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Tuesday's loss halted the Cardinals six-game winning streak, their longest string of wins since taking seven straight from May 15-26, 2010.
Prior to their two runs in the ninth, the Cardinals had gone 14 straight innings without scoring a run starting with the third inning in Sunday's 6-3 win over Oakland.
After finishing with 10 or more hits in six straight games for the first time since 2010, the Cardinals were held to a season-low seven hits on Tuesday.
The loss was the first of the season at home for the Cardinals, who are now 159-62 all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium for a .719 winning percentage.
Senior righty Derek Self pitched a scoreless ninth inning, his seventh inning of shutout relief this season, and required just five pitches to retire the three batters in the frame.
With his single in the third inning, junior second baseman Nick Ratajczak extended his team-leading hitting streak to seven game.
Senior outfielder/first baseman Stewart Ijames has hit safely in five straight games.
Sophomore outfielder Adam Engel had his six-game hitting streak halted on Tuesday, while sophomore infielder Ty Young had his five-game streak ended.
With his 2-for-4 performance on Tuesday, sophomore Cole Sturgeon has four multi-hit games and is hitting .417 overall.
Former Louisville pitcher Skylar Meade, a member of the Cardinals' 2007 College World Series team and a four-year letterwinner, is in his fifth season as an assistant at EIU and is the Panthers' pitching coach.