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Eastern Kentucky Wins Slugfest to Sweep Series

Eastern Kentucky Wins Slugfest to Sweep Series

RICHMOND, Ky. – SIUE baseball scored 11 runs on 14 hits Sunday afternoon, and it wasn't enough. Eastern Kentucky completed the sweep of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series with a 15-11 win at Turkey Hughes Field.

Sunday's game was delayed more than two hours due to rain.

"It was a tough weekend," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "We gave up 31 runs in three games."

The 11 runs and 14 hits were more than the first two games of the series combined. The 14 hits tied the second-most this season for SIUE.

SIUE (13-14, 2-4) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Devin Caldwell, Matt Highland and Brett Keeler began the inning with consecutive singles. Keeler drove home Caldwell with his single. Highland scored on a groundout by James Vazquez.

Eastern Kentucky (12-15, 4-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-2. Bryan Solomon and A.J. Jamison each had solo home runs in the inning. EKU then added two runs in the third to lead 5-2. Richie Rodriguez and Austin Grisham hit back-to-back homers to start the inning.

The Cougars scored three times in the fifth to tie the score 5-5. Highland drove home two with a double and Vazquez drove in a run with a two-out single. SIUE regained the lead in the sixth on one swing of the bat. Mitch Matecki was on first base with two outs when Caldwell connected on his second home run of the year to make it 7-5 Cougars.

Caldwell finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Highland was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

The Colonels took the lead for good thanks to a seven-run sixth inning. Grisham doubled to drive in three runs in the inning. He finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs. All seven runs in the inning came with two outs.

"We hit a batter, we walked a batter, we couldn't close out the inning," Collins said. "That buried us."

Jacob Daniel made it 15-8 Colonels with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Daniel was 2 for 5 with four RBIs.

SIUE scored four times in the eighth inning for the final score. Travis Becherer was hit by a pitch to start the inning before Matecki and Joel Greatting singled. Zach Hawkins then launched his third home run of the year off the scoreboard in left field. Hawkins was 1 for 5.

Thad Hawkins (1-1) suffered the loss for SIUE. Hawkins allowed eight runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four.

SIUE return home to host Evansville Tuesday night. First pitch at Simmons Complex comes at 6 p.m.

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