SIU-C's Tyler Norrick Suffers First Pro Loss

Tyler Norrick sailed through his first four innings of work Saturday night, but ran out of magic in the fifth as the South Bend Silver Hawks took control with four runs in the inning, to go on to win 6-2, as Quad Cities Swing loses their fourth game in a row.

Tyler Norrick (0-1), the Southern Illinois University - Carbondale alum, was strong early, facing the minimum through four innings without much trouble. A walk in the first and a single in the second were both erased by double plays, but going into his fifth inning of work for the first time in his career proved to be too much.

He took his first professional loss in his third outing after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, allowing four runs on six hits while fanning one and walking two over 4.2 frames.

The 22-year-old LHP Tyler Norrick entered the game with an (0-0, 2.50), record. The 6-3, 210-pounder from Festus, Missouri, took the loss in just his second start for the Swing this season.

In his first professional start on Monday, Norrick gave up eight hits in four innings in Clinton. He struck out seven and stranded eight on the basepaths, however, as the only run against him came on a solo homer by John Mayberry to lead off the second. The Swing broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on a home run by Colby Rasmus, and went on to win, 5-4, despite a three-run rally in the ninth by the LumberKings.

Norrick picked up his first professional win in his first professional appearance for the State College Spikes on June 21—garnering the first win in the young Spikes' existence. He struck out nine without issuing a walk in four innings out of the bullpen, giving up one run on four hits in a 5-2 victory over Williamsport, before being promoted to Quad Cities.

Norrick posted a 12-10 record with a 3.74 ERA in four seasons at Southern Illinois, serving primarily as a reliever during his first two years before moving into the starting rotation the last two seasons. He went 4-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts and one relief appearance as a senior in 2006.

Norrick was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Southern Illinois University. He was selected by Toronto in the 17th round of the 2005 draft, but elected to return to Carbondale for his senior season.

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