March 3, 2012
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - SIUE and North Dakota State split a doubleheader Saturday at Simmons Baseball Complex. The Cougars knocked off the Bison 10-2 in game one, while NDSU upended SIUE 11-4 in the nightcap.
SIUE is now 4-5, while NDSU is 6-4.
Ryan Daniels allowed one hit over seven shutout innings and the Cougars banged out 14 hits to win the opener.
"Daniels pitched really well," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "I liked the way Ryan pitched today. That's what we expected out of him."
Daniels (1-2) struck out a career-high seven hitters, while walking only two. The seven innings pitched ties the longest outing of his career. The sophomore also tossed seven innings in a win over Evansville last season.
Joel Greatting drove in three runs in game one to lead the offensive attack. Travis Becherer and Mitch Matecki each drove in two runs. Matecki drove in both with a double as part of a four-run Cougar sixth inning. Becherer added his first homerun of the year, a two-run shot, in the seventh inning.
NDSU starter Bryant Larson (0-1) took the loss in game one allowing only one run on four hits over three innings.
Kyle Kleinendorst cracked a solo home run in the eighth inning and finished 1 for 3 for the Bison.
The Bison turned the tables on the Cougars in game two, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits.
"The second game went the other direction," Collins said. "We didn't pitch well at all and they put a lot of runs on the board because of it. We swung the bat well in the first game. The second game we didn't swing the bats well at all."
NDSU starter Luke Anderson (3-0) fired a complete game for the win in game two. Anderson gave up four runs on six hits in the seven-inning game. He struck out two.
Josh Hoguet (0-2) started for SIUE and lasted into the fourth inning. The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. Thad Hawkins allowed five runs on four hits over two innings in relief.
Brett Keeler and Chase Green each homered in the second game for the Cougars. Keeler singled in the third inning ahead of Green's homer, which tied the game 2-2 at the time. Keeler added a solo shot in the fifth inning. Matecki had the only other RBI on a groundout in the sixth inning.
Brothers Tim and Nick Colwell had three hits apiece in game two. Tim Colwell was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Nick Colwell was 3 for 4 with a single, double, solo home run, and three RBIs.
The two teams conclude the four-game series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for noon.