Cougars Outslug Eagles to Sweep Series

April 3, 2011

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - For the second time in three games, SIUE baseball racked up a season-high in runs. The Cougars scored 15 runs on 21 hits Sunday, defeating Morehead State 15-9 to sweep a three-game series. The 21 hits is also a season-high.

Fighting against winds gusting near 40 miles per hour, the two teams combined for 24 runs on 31 total hits.

"It was hard to pitch, hard to play the outfield, and hard to run the bases today," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We did it better than they did."

The win is the fifth in a row for the Cougars who improved to 10-15 and 9-3 at home. It is the longest winning streak for the Cougars since 2009 when they also won five games. It is the first time SIUE baseball has won five consecutive games against Division I opponents.

The Cougars trailed 4-3 before scoring 12 runs over their final four innings. SIUE scored four times in the fifth, once in the sixth, six times in the seventh, and added a single run in the eighth inning.

Joel Greatting doubled to drive in a run in the fifth before Brett Keeler drove home a run with an infield hit. Travis Becherer knocked in two with a two-out single. Keeler also doubled to drive in the run in the sixth inning.

Mitch Matecki, Devin Caldwell and Zach Hawkins each had single RBIs in the seventh before Greatting capped the inning with a two-run home run to left, his third of the year.

Keeler finished the game 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Greatting was 2 for 6 with the homer and three RBIs. Becherer was 3 for 5.

SIUE led 14-4 after seven innings, before Morehead State, 5-22, scored five runs in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 14-9.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a first-inning home run by Taylor Davis, but SIUE had an answer.

James Vazquez led off the bottom of the first with his first home run of the year to tie the score. Greatting and Keeler added single RBIs in the inning to make it 3-1 Cougars after one inning. Vazquez was 3 for 5 with the home run.

The Eagles tied it, 3-3 with a run each in the second and third innings.

Lost in all the offense was Cougar starter Spencer Patton, who pitched seven innings to earn his fourth consecutive win. Patton allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits. He struck out seven.

"Spencer was good enough to win the game today," Collins said.

Noah Smallwood started and pitched 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss, for the Eagles. He allowed seven runs, three earned, on nine hits. He struck out three.

SIUE remains home to entertain Saint Louis Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

"We put this game aside," Collins added. "It is a different game and by Tuesday everyone will have forgotten what we did today."