March 4, 2012
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Devin Caldwell's two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning completed a six-run comeback and lifted SIUE baseball to a 6-5 win Sunday over North Dakota State. The Cougars won three of four games to claim the series.
SIUE improved to 5-5 with Sunday's win.
"Things are looking pretty good right now," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said.
Mitch Matecki reached on an infield hit to short with two outs, and then stole second base before scoring the game-winning run on Caldwell's double.
"The big thing was Mitch getting on base and moving into scoring position," Collins said. "Then Devin came through with a big hit."
Caldwell rapped a two-out single in the in the seventh inning to score James Vazquez with the tying run. Caldwell finished 2 for 5 with the two RBIs.
"I think Devin is finally turning the corner," Collins added.
North Dakota State (6-5) took a 5-0 lead with a five-run second inning. Nick Anderson led off the inning with a home run against Cougar starter Luke Ingersoll. Tim Colwell added an RBI-hit, before Nick Colwell chased Ingersoll with a three-run home run.
Ingersoll lasted just 1 1/3 innings, surrendering the five runs on six hits. He walked a batter and did not strikeout anyone.
Brian Lorenz relieved Ingersoll and allowed the Cougars to stay in the game, shutting out the Bison for 4 2/3 innings. The senior allowed five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out one.
"The real key today was Lorenz coming in and giving us quality innings," Collins said.
Vazquez got the Cougars on the board with an RBI single in the third inning. SIUE scored three times on five hits in the sixth inning to pull within one of the Bison. Matecki singled with one out before consecutive two-out hits by Zach Hawkins, Joel Greatting, Matt Highland, and Brian Sipe. Hawkins doubled to drive home Matecki. Greatting and Highland each singled to drive in runs to make it 5-4.
Highland was 4 for 4 with the RBI. Vazquez, Matecki, and Zach Hawkins each finished with two hits for the Cougars, who finished with 14 as a team.
Dustin Quattrocchi (1-0) earned the win for SIUE. Quattrocchi struck out two and did not allow a hit over 2 1/3 innings. The only batter to reach base against the senior was on a hit batter.
Nick Colwell was 2 for 5 with the homer and three RBIs to lead the Bison. Bison reliever Kyle Kingsley (0-1) took the loss. Kingsley allowed two runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings.
SIUE goes on the road to play its first mid-week series of the season. The Cougars will face Arkansas State in a two-game series beginning Tuesday in Jonesboro, Ark.