Home Runs Power Cougars to Fifth Straight Win

April 19, 2011

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - SIUE got two-run home runs from James Vazquez and Devin Caldwell Tuesday to lift the Cougars to a 4-2 win over Indiana State in college baseball at SimmonsCooper Complex.

SIUE, 16-19, has now won five consecutive games for the second time this season. Indiana State fell to 19-16 with the loss. The Sycamores have dropped six in a row.

"I thought it was a pretty solid game," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said.

Caldwell's home run came with in the eight to break a 2-2 tie. Mitch Matecki doubled off Indiana State reliever Reggie Hochstedler with one out. Chris Machado relieved Hochstedler, and Caldwell hit his first pitch to left for his team-leading fifth home run of the season.

Caldwell finished 1 for 4. The homer extended his season-long hitting streak to 14 games. Matecki also was 1 for 4.

"That word describes him, clutch," Collins said of Caldwell. "He has been clutch all season. He doesn't take bad swings and he can barrel it up if you make a bad pitch."

Hochstedler, 2-1, suffered the loss for Indiana State. He allowed the run in 1/3 of an inning.

Vazquez connected with two outs in the second inning, scoring Chase Green on the play, to make it 2-0 SIUE. Green had singled with one out in the inning. Vazquez was 1 for 3. Green was 2 for 3. He was the only Cougar with more than one hit.

Indiana State's Robby Ort tagged SIUE starter Travis Felax for a solo homer with two outs in the seventh to make it a 2-1 game. Ort finished 2 for 5.

Felax allowed only the run on six hits. He struck out six and did not get a decision.

"Travis was outstanding," Collins said. "He kept us in the game by making pitches when he had to and mixed his pitches well. He deserved to win, but as a team, we'll take the win."

The Sycamores tied the game in the top of the eighth against Cougar reliever Thad Hawkins. Kyle Burnam walked t start the inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After advancing to third base on a groundout, Burnam scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Wampler to make it 2-2. Wampler was 2-2 with the RBI.

Thad Hawkins, 2-2, earned the win in relief. He allowed the run on one hit. He did not strike out a batter.

The Cougars travel to Peoria, Ill. for a 6 p.m. game Wednesday night at Bradley.