Cougars Knock Off Eagles in Finale

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Skyler Geissinger and Joel Greatting each homered and had three RBIs Sunday to lead SIUE baseball to a 12-5 win over Morehead State in the finale of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Sonny Allen Field.

"It was nice to go out and actually beat up on somebody," SIUE Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "It will certainly be good for the team psyche"

Geissinger was 3 for 5 with the home run, a double, and the three RBIs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Greatting snapped a 13 at-bat streak without a hit with his three-run home run. James Vazquez and Devin Caldwell each had two hits in the win. Vazquez drove in two, while Caldwell added an RBI for the Cougars.

SIUE (10-29 overall, 7-17 OVC) scored twice in the first inning and six more times in the second and led 8-2 after two innings. Morehead State (15-30, 9-12) committed four errors in the first two innings, leading to five unearned runs by the Cougars. SIUE collected 12 hits, which is just three off their season high.

"We did a good job swinging the bats," Stoecklin said. "They gave us some extra outs in a couple of innings and we took advantage of it."

Eagles' starter Matt Anderson (1-5) allowed eight runs, five earned, on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings and suffered the loss.

SIUE starter Caleb Wilkerson pitched into the third inning. He allowed three runs on four hits. Brooks McDowell (2-2) relieved Wilkerson and tossed five innings in relief. McDowell allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five. P.J. Schuster pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three to close out the game.

"What Brooks did today was huge," Stoecklin said. "We needed someone to give us quality innings and basically lock the game down."

Taylor Pickens led the way for Morehead State. He was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Kane Sweeney, Brandon Rawe, and Bobby Burns each had two hits in the loss.

"Right now every win is big," Stoecklin said. "We haven't had a lot of them come our way in conference play. It's nice to get out of here with a win."

SIUE takes finals week off before returning to the field Friday against UT Martin at Simmons Baseball Complex.