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Cougars Take Second in Series from Skyhawks

Cougars Take Second in Series from Skyhawks

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Josh Hoguet tossed eight innings and SIUE scored 10 times over the first four innings as the Cougars defeat UT Martin 10-2 in the second game of a three-game series.

Hoguet worked into the ninth inning, in the longest outing of his career. He allowed two runs on 10 hits. He struck out four and walked three to improve to 2-5 for the year.
"We really needed Josh to give us some innings and he gave us eight good innings," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "Now our bullpen is fresh for tomorrow. It will give us a much better chance going into tomorrow."
The win give SIUE (19-20, 7-7 OVC) its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference series win and the Cougars can go for the sweep in the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"We had that chance last week (to sweep) and couldn't execute it," Collins said. "We just have to come out and win tomorrow to get back in the hunt for the conference."
UT Martin (10-28, 4-10 OVC) has now lost four consecutive games.
The Skyhawks struck first scoring a run in the first inning, before the Cougars scored the next 10 runs in the game.
SIUE scored four times on five hits against UT Martin starter Willie Frederick in the second inning. Chas Green and James Vazquez each had RBI hits in the inning. Travis Becherer capped the inning with a one-out, two-run double. Devin Caldwell drew a two-out walk in the third before Matt Highland connected for his third home run of the year to make it 6-1 Cougars.
Becherer finished 1 for 3 with the two RBIs. Highland also was 1 for 3. Vazquez was 2 for 4. Brett Keeler led the team with three hits. He was 3 for 4.
"We hit the ball really well," Collins said. "Travis (Becherer) and Matty (Highland) had some big hits and kept the innings going. We mixed in some walks too. It was a good day."
Frederick suffered the loss for the Skyhawks, lasting just three innings. He allowed six runs on seven hits and fell to 3-5.
SIUE, helped by a throwing error, scored four more times in the fourth against reliever Brendan Lozupne.  Joel Greatting and Zach Hawkins had sacrifice flies for RBIs in the inning.
UT Martin scored its last run in the seventh on four hits. Nico Zych scored on a base hit by Byron Johann. Zych led the way for the Skyhawks. He was 3 for 4.
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