March 1, 2014

Cougars Split Doubleheader

STATESBORO, Ga. – Ryan Daniels pitched seven strong innings and SIUE scored six times in the top of the eighth inning en route to a 7-3 win over Ohio, before dropping a 14-5 decision to Georgia Southern Saturday in nonconference baseball. Both games took place at Clements Stadium on the Georgia Southern campus.

Daniels (1-0) earned his first win of the season in his longest start of the year. He allowed a run on eight hits, struck out four, and did not walk a hitter.

"Ryan did an outstanding job for us," SIUE Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "He didn't have his best stuff, but he battled, competed and got the job done."

With the game tied 1-1, the Cougars pulled ahead with six runs on seven hits in the eighth. Reliever Logan Cozart (0-1) suffered the loss for Ohio. He allowed four runs on four hits over one inning.

Keaton Wright was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Devin Caldwell was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. Nick Lombardo and Chase Green each had two hits and an RBI in the win.

"Keaton Wright did a nice job today," Stoecklin said. "Chase Green hit the ball extremely hard today. He could have four hits."

Brett Thomas allowed two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out one. P.J. Schuster tossed the final 2/3 of an inning striking out one to earn his first save.

"Brett Stumbled a little in the ninth," Stoecklin said. "P.J. was already warm because it was a close game. I needed him to close the game out and he did."

Austin Rieman and Scott White each had three hits for the the Bobcats.

In the nightcap, Georgia Southern four runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away late for the 14-5 win over SIUE. The Eagles managed 15 hits against a trio of SIUE pitchers. SIUE committed five errors during the game.

"They (GSU) swung the bats," Stoecklin said. "We didn't play good defense. You're not going to win many games with five errors."

Evan Martens (0-2) started and took the loss. Martens allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two.

"Evan didn't throw badly," Stoecklin said. "It wasn't pitches that hurt him. It was the little mistakes. He had a couple of balks which allowed runs to score when they probably wouldn't have."

Mike Miller surrendered four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Jarrett Bednar allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Wright and Austin Verschoore each had two hits for the Cougars in the loss.

SIUE and Georgia Southern will face off Sunday with first pitch slated for 12:30 p.m CT.