JACKSON, Tenn. – No. 4 seed SIUE baseball opens play in its first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday with a 3 p.m. game against fifth-seeded Morehead State.
The tournament takes place at the Ballpark at Jackson, the home of the Jackson Generals. The Generals are the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
SIUE (21-31, 16-14) won its first three conference series before dropping four straight weekend series. The Cougars won their last three OVC series, including a 2-1 home series win over Austin Peay last weekend to qualify for the tournament.
The 16 OVC wins are the most for the Cougars since beginning to play a conference schedule in 2012. The fourth-place finish also is the best for SIUE.
The Cougars were picked to finish eighth in the league in the OVC's preseason poll of head coaches and sports information personnel.
The Cougars are a combined 7-8 vs. the tournament field. SIUE won series against Eastern Illinois (2-1), Jacksonville State (2-1), and Morehead State (2-1) at home. The Cougars lost a home series to Tennessee Tech (2-1) while dropping a road series at Southeast Missouri (0-3).