April 17, 2013

Baseball Cougars Knock Off Sycamores on the Road

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Four Cougar pitchers combined to allow just three runs, while SIUE hitters banged out 11 hits en route to a 6-3 win at Indiana State Wednesday.

The win marked the seventh time in the last eight games that the Cougars have finished with at least 10 hits. The victory also snapped a six-game losing streak by the Cougars. Indiana State had won five straight before Wednesday.

Tony Schaeffer made his first start of the year and tossed three innings. He allowed just a single earned run, two total runs, on six hits. He struck out one.

"Tony did a good job," SIUE Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "He went out there, threw strikes, and set the stage for the rest of the game."

Brooks McDowell (1-2) allowed a run over two innings and earned the win in relief. Jake Stauffenberg pitched two scoreless innings. Drew Staples pitched the eighth and the ninth innings, without allowing a run, to earn the first save of his SIUE career.

"Everyone pitched well tonight," Stoecklin added. "I really like the job (Drew Staples) did in the eighth and ninth innings tonight."

Indiana State (17-14) scored an unearned run in the first inning, before the Cougars answered in the top of the second inning.

Drew Johnson connected on the first home run of his college career with one out in the inning to tie the game. Jacob Stewart and Denton Reed each drew two-out walks before James Vazquez drilled a two-run double to left center field. Vazquez finished 2 for 5 with the two RBIs.

"We had timely hits up and down the lineup today," Stoecklin said. "That was a big hit by James to drive in a couple of runs."

The Sycamores scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie the score, 3-3. Robby Ort drove in all three runs for Indiana State. He finished 3 for 5.

Michael Monaghan pinch hit with one out in the sixth inning and reached on an infield single. Freshman Jacob Steward followed with an RBI-single to left field to put SIUE up 4-3. The RBI was the first of Stewart's career. Skyler Geissinger launched a two-out, two-run home run in the seventh to seal the win.

"Stewart had a nice at-bat to drive in the run," Stoecklin said. "And Skyler put a nice swing on that ball."

Geissinger finished 2 for 5 with the homer and two RBIs. He has a team-best 11-game hitting streak.

Stoecklin said he hoped a win like Wednesday's could provide some momentum for the Cougars.

"We have the ability to win a lot of games down the stretch when we put it all together like we did tonight," Stoecklin said. "If everyone performs their role we'll be fine."