April 20, 2012
Cougars Outlast Skyhawks in Series Opener
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Zach Hawkins scored on a throwing error with two outs in the 11th inning Friday to lift SIUE to a 3-2 win over UT Martin in the opener of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series.
Hawkins doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a groundout by Nick Lombardo. Chase Green hit a bounding ball to third which was played by UT Martin third baseman Matt Haynes, but Haynes' throw pulled firstbaseman Phil Sorensen off of first.
"It is a good win," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We are at home and they are not a good team on the road, but they fought us tooth and nail, but we did prevail."
SIUE improved to 18-20 overall and 6-7 in the OVC. UT Martin fell to 10-27 and 4-9 in the OVC.
"We just haven't been putting many hits together or scoring many runs," Collins said. "We had 12 hits and we squeaked through three runs because they threw the ball away at the end. We'll take it."
Dustin Quattrocchi (4-0) earned the win in relief. The left-hander tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings. He faced seven hitters and struck out six of them.
"I shouldn't be surprised, but I am amazed that (Quattrocchi) continues to do that," Collins said. "He has really been awfully good."
Quattrocchi followed starter Travis Felax in the game. Felax tossed 8 2/3 innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out four.
"That's been our winning combination," Collins said of the Felax to Quattrocchi combination.
Dan Tobik (2-2) suffered the loss for the Skyhawks. Tobik allowed the one run, unearned, on one hit. He struck out two. UT Martin starter Alec Mills pitched nine innings in the start. He allowed two runs, one earned, on 11 hits. He fanned six.
SIUE took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a leadoff homer by Joel Greatting. UT Martin then scored two runs on three hits in the third inning. The Cougars regained the lead in the sixth on an RBI single by Mitch Matecki.
Matecki finished 3 for 5 with the RBI. Greatting was 2 for 5 with the home run. Zach Hawkins, Travis Becherer, and Matt Highland all finished with two hits for the Cougars.
Sorenesen and Niko Zych each had two hits for the Skyhawks.
The series continues with a 1 p.m. game Saturday afternoon.