COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Brock Weimer launched a pair of home runs and finished with six RBIs Friday, but it came in a losing cause. Tennessee Tech downed SIUE baseball 13-8 in the opener of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Bush Stadium.
SIUE fell to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the OVC. Tennessee Tech improved to 13-6 overall and 4-0 in OVC play.
On a day where the wind was gusting out strongly, the two teams combined to hit eight home runs, accounting for 15 of the total runs.
"It was a day where anything hit up into the wind had a chance to leave the yard," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said.
Tennessee Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Weimer hit the first of two home runs in the second inning to put the Cougars on top 2-1.
The Golden Eagles got homers from Chris Brown and Matt Jones in the second inning to lead 4-2. Weimer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning to trim the lead to 4-3.
Collin Harris connected for a two-run home run in the third inning and it was 6-3 Tennessee Tech.
Jared McCunn added a solo home run in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Golden Eagles broke the game open in the fifth with seven runs on four hits to lead 13-4. Ryan Flick hit a two-run homer in the inning and Jones added a second home run, a three-run shot, in the inning.
"They were working counts to get themselves into some good hitter's counts," Lyons said of Golden Eagles players. "We left some balls over the middle of the plate and they had some big hits."
SIUE starter Brock Fulkerson (1-2) allowed 11 runs on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He stuck out five and did not walk a batter.
Keaton Wright singled and McCunn walked in the eighth when Weimer hit his second home run of the game, a three-run homer, to straight away center field.
"Brock worked some at-bats and got a pitch over the middle of the plate," Lyons said. "He put some good swings on the baseball and got a couple of out of the yard."
The Cougars added a run on two hits in the ninth, but stranded the bases loaded. For the game, SIUE left six on base.
He finished the game 2 for 4 with the six RBIs to lead SIUE at the plate. McCunn also was 2 for 4. He finished with two RBIs. Alec Skender was 2 for 5.
Tennessee Tech starter Michael Wood (4-1) worked into the eighth. He allowed seven runs on five hits. He struck out seven.
"He struggled early on with his command but then was able to grind it out," Lyons said of Wood. "In the middle innings he found his breaking ball and that made things difficult for our guys. We had some opportunities with some runners on base and we just didn't capitalize with that big run."
Jones was 2 for 4 with four RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles. Flick was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
The Cougars and Golden Eagles will continue the series with a 2 p.m. game Saturday.