Baseball Falters in Opener at Louisiana Tech

Jared McCunn
Jared McCunn

RUSTON, La. – SIUE baseball committed four errors, accounting for six unearned runs in a 13-1 loss to Louisiana Tech in the opener of a three-game series.

The Cougars slipped to 1-4. Louisiana Tech improved to 4-2.

"This was not the start to the weekend we were looking for," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "We were totally outplayed in every facet of the game."

The Bulldogs scored single runs in each of the first three innings to go up 3-0.

SIUE's only run came in the fourth inning. Peyton Cordova-Smith led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a one-out walk to Aaron Goecks. Jared McCunn then singled to drive home Cordova-Smith and make it 3-1.

Louisiana Tech blew the game open with a seven-run fourth inning on six hits and an error.

SIUE starter Nelson Martz (0-2) pitched into the fourth inning. He allowed eight runs, six earned, on nine hits. He struck out four and walked three.

The Bulldogs tacked on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Tyler Hutchinson worked 1.2 innings allowing three runs on four hits. Tristan Walters allowed two runs, one earned, in two innings. Brett Taucher worked a perfect eighth innings, striking out the side.

Louisiana Tech first baseman Logan Bailey was 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Catcher Chris Clayton finished the day 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Designated hitter Steele Netterville was a 2 for 2 with three RBIs. Shortstop Dalton Skelton also was 3 for 5.

The Cougars managed just five hits and struck out a combined 19 times against Louisiana Tech pitchers. Cougars' shortstop Jordan Ross was the only SIUE player with more than a single hit. He was 2 for 4. McCunn, Cordova-Smith and Jackson Layton each had a hit. 

Matt Miller started and tossed four innings. He allowed the run on three hits. He struck out eight. Josh Carpenter (1-0) worked three scoreless innings and struck out five for the win.

The Cougars and Bulldogs will play the second game of the series Saturday afternoon. First pitch has been moved to 12 p.m. to avoid rain later in the day.  

"We'll come back tomorrow with a clean slate," Lyons said. "We'll be looking for Ryan Byrd to give us a good start on the mound and hopefully that will give us some confidence at the plate."

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