April 22, 2012
Cougars Take Down Skyhawks for First OVC Sweep
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE completed the three-game sweep Sunday with a 12-5 victory over UT Martin in the finale of a three-game series at Simmons Baseball Complex. It is the first sweep of an Ohio Valley Conference series for the Cougars.
"You have to take advantage of playing at home against teams that haven't won many games on the road," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We got it done, we won all three."
SIUE (20-20, 8-7 OVC) opened up an 8-0 lead over the first over the first four innings. Joel Greatting capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single. Travis Becherer added a sacrifice fly in the inning.
The Cougars made it 7-0 with a three-run third inning. Matt Highland had an RBI-double in the inning. James Vazquez drove in two with a single. Becherer added an RBI on a double. Chase Green made it 8-0 with a single in the fourth inning.
UT Martin (10-29, 1-19) scored three times in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 8-5. Chase Okey had a two-run double for the Skyhawks, who made it 8-5 with two runs in the seventh.
The Cougars put the game away with a four-run eighth inning. Brett Keeler drove home a pair with a single. Highland drove home a run with a single, and Devin Caldwell added an RBI-double.
Caldwell finished 3 for 4. Becherer, Greatting, Green, and Highland each finished with two hits for the Cougars, who finished with 14 as a team.
"The bottom of the lineup broke out today and got a few hits," Collins added.
Thad Hawkins (2-3) earned the win in six innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits.
"Credit our hitters with getting Thad a nice lead so he could relax and pitch without being bothered too much by mistakes," Collins said. "He still gave us six innings."
Dustin Quattrocchi worked the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his ninth save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
UT Martin starter Carter Smith allowed six runs over 2 1/3 innings in the start and fell to 3-3 with the loss.
Matt Young, Byron Johann, and Sonny Mastromatteo each had two hits for the the Skyhawks.
SIUE travels to Saint Louis for a 6 p.m. game Wednesday.