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Cougars, 'Breds Split First Two Games

Cougars, 'Breds Split First Two Games

MURRAY, Ky. - SIUE and Murray State split the first two games of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series at Reagan Field. Murray State won the opener 11-5, while the Cougars took the second game 8-6.

SIUE moved to 22-21 overall and 9-8 in the OVC with the split. Murray State moved to 20-23 overall and 6-10 in conference play.

"We came down here feeing like if we could win the series it'd be a good weekend," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "Tomorrow's the day, we'll see if we can make it a good weekend."

The Cougars built a 4-1 lead in the opener, which began Friday afternoon. The game endured a 1:21 rain delay before being halted in the eighth inning due to darkness.

When the game resumed Saturday, the Cougars added a run in the top of the eighth to go up 5-1 before Murray State exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Brian Lorenz allowed three runs, without retiring a hitter. Dustin Quattrocchi (4-1) also did not retire a hitter. Quattrocchi suffered the loss. He allowed six runs, two earned, on three hits. Brooks McDowell allowed a run on two hits.

Cameron Finch earned the win in relief. Finch allowed a run in an inning of work.

Zach Hawkins was 3 for 5 in the game to lead the Cougars. Travis Becherer and Mitch Matecki each had two hits for the Cougars

"Everyone we sent out there it seemed like the roof caved in," Collins said. "The whole house collapsed."

The Cougars got home runs from Zach Hawkins and Chase Green in a four-run fourth inning that put SIUE up 5-3 after three innings.

Murray State answered with a run in the fourth and two in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, before the Cougars scored three unanswered runs to come back for the win.

"(Murray State) tested our baseball manhood today," Collins said.

Green led the Cougars with three hits and three RBIs. He was 3 for 4. Matt Highland was 3 for 5. Zach Hawkins was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Matecki and Joel Greatting also had two hits apiece for the Cougars.

Brian Lorenz (4-0) earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed two runs on five hits.

Brand Enggenschwiler and Dylan Wheeler each had two hits for Murray State in the second game.

Finch (3-5) allowed six runs in five relief innings to take the loss. He struck out three.

The series wraps up with a 1 p.m. game Sunday afternoon.

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