MACOMB, Ill. – SIUE baseball dropped its sixth consecutive game Tuesday, falling at Western Illinois 21-4 in seven innings.
SIUE fell to 17-19 overall. Western Illinois improved to 12-22. Midweek contests at Western Illinois are limited to seven innings because the facility does not have lights.
The Leathernecks took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Jordan Stading answered for the Cougars in the second with a solo home run to tie the score.
WIU took the lead for good with the first of three big innings. The Leathernecks scored six runs in the bottom of the second to lead 7-1 after two innings.
"Once again, we didn't get the kind of start we wanted on the mound," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. We gave up seven runs in the first two innings."
Michael Shereyk (1-1) surrendered all seven in two innings of work. He gave up seven hits.
Both teams scored in the third, leaving Western Illinois with an 8-2 lead. Marty Brunk led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to cut the lead to 8-3.
The Leathernecks scored eight times in the fourth inning and then added five more runs in the sixth inning to lead 21-3. Drue Galassi hit grand slams in both innings. He finished with 10 RBIs.
Jared McCunn led off the seventh with a solo home run for the 21-4 final.
"We were trading one run for multiple runs," Lyons said. "We have to find a way to turn the ship around on the mound and defensively. I think the offense will turn around when that happens."
SIUE finished the game with 10 hits, but left nine men on base.
"It's been getting the hits with guys on base and stringing something together that has been hard to come by the last four or five games," Lyons added.
McCunn and Chris Monasmith each finished with two hits for SIUE.
Western Illinois finished with 20 hits and left just three on base.
"Our guys on the mound didn't walk a bunch of guys they just gave up a bunch of hits," Lyons said. "Western got the momentum and just fed off of it."
The Cougars return home for a weekend series with UT Martin beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
"Confidence is not high right now," Lyons said. "We have to find a way to come together as a team and find a way to battle through the rough patch. If you just keep plugging away and stay the course, you'll find a way to come through."