EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - SIUE baseball scored seven runs in the seventh inning Wednesday en route to a 9-3 victory over visiting Missouri-St. Louis at Simmons Baseball Complex.
UMSL (8-12) took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run by John Pilackas. Charlie Mohr followed with a double and then scored on a ground out by Taylor Holman.
Devin Caldwell got the Cougars (13-11) on the board in the sixth inning with his first home run of the year to lead off the inning to make it 2-1.
It was 3-1 UMSL when SIUE struck for the seven runs coming on four hits against three Triton pitchers. The Cougars were aided by four walks, two wild pitches, a hit batter, a balk and an error in the inning.
"They helped us a bit in that inning," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "Those are some of the same things we have been doing to put up big innings for the other team, and they did it for us. We'll accept it."
Nick Lombardo added a two-run double in the inning. James Vazquez drove in two with a single and Chase Green picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk. Lombardo capped the scoring with an RBI-single in the eighth inning. Lombardo finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
"Nick had a nice game," Collins said. "He has been swinging the bat a lot better, and his average has been climbing. He is starting to look like the player that I saw last fall and early in the spring."
Vazquez finished 2 for 3 with the two RBIs. Becherer was 1 for 4 with an RBI
Drew Staples started for the Cougars and pitched into the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out three. Tony Schaeffer (1-0) earned the win in two innings of relief. He struck out three. Brian Lorenz and Dustin Quattrocchi each added a scoreless inning of relief.
"Our bullpen has been pretty good in crunch time when we need them," Collins said. "Lorenz and Quattrocchi have been real good."
The Cougars return to Ohio Valley Conference play for a three-game weekend series at Eastern Kentucky Friday through Sunday.
"We have to go down there and pitch well," Collins said. "We have to have good starting pitching to give us a chance, and if we have a chance, I think we can take two out of three."
First pitch Friday is 2 p.m.CT