EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Western Illinois edged SIUE baseball 4-3 in 10 innings Wednesday night at Simmons Complex to claim the first of two scheduled meetings between the two teams.
WIU first baseman Bailey Montgomery singled to start the 10th inning and scored on a one-out double by Mitch Ellis.
SIUE dropped to 7-23 overall. Western Illinois improved to 7-19.
Michael Shereyk (0-2) pitched the 10th inning and suffered the loss. He allowed the two hits and struck out one.
The Cougars had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Garret Carmichael tripled to open the inning and scored on a fielder's choice from Jordan Ross with one out to even the score 3-3.
Western Illinois took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Drue Galassi. The Leathernecks made it 3-0 in the third inning, when Ellis drove in his first run of the game.
Ellis and Galassi each had two hits for Western Illinois.
SIUE had several opportunities for more runs. The Cougars left 15 runners on base. After loading the bases in the fifth inning with one out, the Cougars failed to score. SIUE loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning before a double play ball.
"Numerous opportunities with less than two outs, bases loaded twice with less than two outs and we come up empty," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "There's no excuse for it."
The Cougars left runners at second and third when the game ended.
"We had a couple of base-running miscues and that hurt us," Lyons said. "It's not something, with the way we're swinging the bats, which we can afford to do."
Freshman Collin Baumgartner allowed two runs in two innings in his first. He struck out two and allowed four hits.
Eight different relievers, including Shereyk, threw one inning out of the bullpen. Bret Taucher allowed the run in the third inning. A.J. Johnson, Tristan Walters, Mike Miller, Braydon Bone, Mason McReaken and Chris Robinson each collected a scoreless inning.
"Those guys did a nice job," Lyons said of his bullpen. "We really had some clean innings and that's good to see. They obviously gave us the opportunity to win a ballgame and we didn't do it."
Western Illinois also used nine pitchers. Jordan Mikel (0-2) earned the win in relief.
Giltz, McCunn and Carmichael each had three hits for the Cougars, who outhit the Leathernecks 11-10.
Morehead State comes to Simmons Complex for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series beginning Friday.
"It's a big weekend to put it frankly," Lyons said. "We need to start putting some wins in the win column and that's a good ball club coming to town."