NORMAL -- Sean Coughlin's single to center field drove home Eric Suttle with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and Southern Illinois held on for a 6-5 Frontier League victory over Normal Saturday at the Corn Crib.
The Miners moved to 6-2 before a crowd of 2,493. Normal's record evened at 4-4 despite outhitting Southern Illinois, 12-9.
The three-game series concludes with a 6 p.m. game Sunday.
Normal reliever Jeremy Brewer took the loss. He allowed the one run over the final three innings.
Ryan Quigley was the winner in relief for the Miners. Ben Shivers held the CornBelters to a Steve Alexander double in three innings and retired the final seven batters he faced.
Alvaro Ramirez led off the bottom of the first with a triple and sprinted home on Frank Martinez's sacrifice fly. Ramirez reached on an error in the third and scored on a Daniel Cox ground out for a 2-0 Normal lead.
Belters' starter Bobby Pritchett breezed through the first 31/3 innings before the next five Miners reached.
Jereme Milons singled, Coughlin walked and both rode home on Matt Fields' home run to right-center field. Nate Hall followed with another long ball to the same area of the grass berm to hand Southern Illinois a 4-2 edge.
The Miners pushed their lead to 5-2 in the fifth as Fields' single chased home Suttle.
Ramirez's second triple in the fifth inning was erased when he overslid the base and was tagged out. Martinez followed with a double.
Normal climbed into a 5-5 tie with three sixth-inning runs. Colin Moro walked and Steve Alexander doubled before Moro came home on an Asif Shaf ground out. Tyler Keeble's double scored Alexander, and a Martinez double drove in Keeble.
Pritchett allowed five earned runs over six innings, striking out six and walking four. Southern Illinois' David Harden gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings.