Green Lifts Cougars to Comeback Win
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Chase Green's RBI single in the ninth inning drove home Devin Caldwell with the winning run Sunday as SIUE avoided the sweep with a 9-8 win over Austin Peay at Simmons Baseball Complex.
"Give Chase credit, it was a great hit with the infield playing in," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "This should give us some confidence moving forward."
SIUE (24-24, 10-11 OVC) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to comeback from an 8-7 deficit. Joel Greatting led off the inning with a single before Caldwell was hit by a pitch. Zach Hawkins dropped a bunt single down the third base line to load the bases. Matt Highland then bounced an infield single off home plate, allowing Greatting to score the game-tying run before Green came to the plate.
Green led the way for SIUE. He finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Joel Greatting and Zach Hawkins each had two hits.
Austin Peay (28-17, 14-5 OVC) scored four times in the first inning and led 7-1 after two innings. Greatting connected for his sixth home run of the year in the third, a two-run shot that made it 7-3. Zach Hawkins made it 7-6 with a three-run blast in the fifth inning. Travis Becherer tied the game in the in the seventh with an RBI-single to score James Vazquez, who had singled the previous at-bat and then stole second base.
"We just never gave up even down 7-1," Collins said. "We never stopped fighting, and were able to get back into the game."
Dustin Quattrocchi (5-1) earned the win for SIUE. Quattrocch tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out one. Thad Hawkins allowed a single run over four innings of work in relief. He struck out four.
"Thad came in and gave us a chance to get back after falling behind early," Collins added. "Then 'Q' did the same thing he has done all year, and that is get batters out."
Tyler Rogers (3-2) took the loss for Austin Peay. He allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Michael Blanchard paced the Govs offensively. He was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Reed Harper and Cody Hudson had two hits apiece.
SIUE is off until hosting Jacksonville State in the final home series of the year next weekend. The series begins Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.