April 13, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - SIUE scored five unanswered runs, including four in the ninth inning, to defeat Missouri 7-2 in college baseball at Taylor Stadium on the Missouri campus.
"I thought we played a pretty solid game tonight," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We're still a team trying to learn how to win on the road. These games help."
The Cougars, 12-19, collected 14 hits for the game. Devin Caldwell and Mitch Matecki each finished with three hits apiece, while Joel Greatting and Brett Keeler each had two hits. Greatting was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
"We had hits up and down the lineup tonight," Collins said.
Caldwell finished the night 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
"Caldwell doesn't know he's a freshman," Collins joked about the outfielder.
Missouri, 13-20, scored its only runs of the game in the sixth inning to tie the score 2-2. Both of the runs were charged to Cougar starter Travis Felax, who walked the first two hitters in the inning. Both runners scored, because of an error in the inning, just one was earned. Felax allowed four hits in four innings of work. He walked five and struck out one. He did not figure into the decision.
"Travis walked a few, but didn't give up," Collins said.
Dustin Quattrocchi, 2-2, earned the win with five innings of scoreless relief. He allowed only three hits and struck out three.
"We pitched just well enough tonight," Collins added. SIUE took the lead for good on a sacrifice fly by Caldwell in the seventh. Caldwell's flyout to center allowed Travis Becherer to score the go-ahead run. Becherer had singled earlier in the inning.
Dusty Ross, 1-2, suffered the loss for Mizzou. Ross allowed the run in the seventh. Ross was the third of six pitchers employed by the Tigers. Eric Anderson started and pitched four innings, allowing two runs.
The Cougars loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out. Mike Swinnen led off the inning with a single. Becherer was hit by a pitch with one out before Matecki singled. Caldwell followed with a single to drive in his third run of the night. Zach Hawkins then walked to force home another run. Greatting capped the night with a two-run single up the middle.
Scott Sommerfeld and Eric Garcia each had two hits for Missouri, which had seven as a team. Sommerfeld and Connor Mach had the RBIs.
SIUE next travels to OVC foe Murray State for a three-game weekend series with the Thoroughbreds. The Cougars and `Breds will play a double header Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.