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Cougars Homer Past Golden Eagles for Series Win

Cougars Homer Past Golden Eagles for Series Win

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – SIUE hit three home runs for the second consecutive day as the Cougars defeated Tennessee Tech 10-6 Saturday afternoon. SIUE has won the first two games of the three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series.

SIUE (17-18, 5-6 OVC) trailed 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 6-4 before coming back for the win.
"There was no quit today," SIUE Associate Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "We're starting to play with some confidence again."
Devin Caldwell, Matt Highland, and Travis Becherer each homered for the second consecutive game. The three homeruns in a game ties a season-high for the Cougars. Caldwell was 2 for 6 with the home run and an RBI double. Highland was 1 for 4 with the solo home run. Becherer was 1 for 5 with a three-run home run.
Trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning, the Cougars took the lead for good thanks to three straight two-out hits. James Vazquez singled with one out then advanced to second on a balk. Mitch Matecki laced a two-out double to the right-center field gap to make it 6-5. Caldwell then doubled inside the right field line, scoring Matecki to tie the score, 6-6. Zach Hawkins put the Cougars up 7-6 with a single to left that brought in Caldwell.
"The two-out hits in the eighth were the key today," Stoecklin said. 
Becherer capped the scoring with his third home run of the year in the ninth inning. The three-run shot followed a Chase Green double and walk by Brett Keeler.
The two teams traded runs and the lead through the first seven innings.
Tennessee Tech (14-20, 5-6 OVC) took a 1-0 lead in the second against SIUE starter Josh Hoguet. SIUE tied the game in the fourth on an RBI-single by Chase Green. Zach Hawkins scored on the play after reaching with a one-out single. The Golden Eagles made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on two hits against Hoguet. Caldwell tied it in the fifth with the solo home run, before TTU reclaimed the lead with a run in the fifth. Highland led off the sixth with the home run to tie the score, 3-3. Green was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3. The Golden Eagles took a 6-4 lead with three runs in the sixth on three hits against reliever Tony Schaeffer.
Green finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. Zach Hawkins was 4 for 5 with the RBI and a run.
Hoguet allowed three runs on eight hits over four innings. He struck out five.
"(Hoguet) didn't have his best stuff today," Stoecklin said. "But he competed and gave us a chance to win."
Brian Lorenz improved to 3-0 with a scoreless seventh inning. Dustin Quattrocchi notched his eighth save of the year with two scoreless innings. Quattrocchi struck out three.  The Golden Eagles left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
"That's been out mainstay all year," Stoecklin said of the combination of Lorenz and Quattrocchi.
TTU reliever Cullen Park (2-5) suffered the loss in relief. Park allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings of work. He gave up five hits.
Ben Burgess and Michael Morris each had three hits for TTU. Morris drove in two in the loss.
SIUE will play for the sweep Sunday afternoon. First pitch at Bush Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
"We taked after the game about not being satisfied with getting the first two," Stoecklin said. "We want to get a sweep and get back to .500."
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