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Cougars, Bears Split Doubleheader

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - SIUE and Missouri State split a baseball doubleheader Saturday at Hammons Field. SIUE won the opener 3-1 before dropping the nightcap 10-7.

 

The Cougars are now 3-2 on the current road swing and are now 8-7 overall. Missouri State is 12-4.

 

"This was a good trip," SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins said. "Those weren't easy teams we played."

 

"Some of those wins were strange wins," Collins added. "But we found a way to win."

 

Following back-to-back games in which the Cougars managed just two hits, SIUE banged out a combined 19 hits Saturday.

 

Travis Felax (3-1) cruised through 7 1/3 innings in game one. He allowed only three hits and tied his career high with six strikeouts.

 

"Travis was on the spot today," Collins said. "He was really good. Without a doubt he is our number one starter."

 

SIUE built a 3-0 lead in game one. Joel Greatting drove home a run in the sixth. Matt Highland added an RBI in a two-run eighth. Greatting and Highland each had two hits in the game.

 

Missouri State scored its only run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Cougar reliever Dustin Quattrocchi. Koby Peebles walked with two outs and then scored on a double. Quattrocchi was able to get out of the inning for his third save of the season.

 

Missouri State led 10-0 after just two innings in game two. SIUE starter Josh Hoguet (0-3) suffered the loss. He allowed seven runs on five hits and two walks in just 1 1/3 innings. Brooks McDowell allowed three runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

 

Drew Staples, Thad Hawkins and Tony Schaeffer each pitched a scoreless inning in relief as the Cougars tried to mount a comeback.

 

"I was proud that they kept playing today," Collins said. "We're looking at 10-0 going into the third inning and it could have gotten out of hand. (The team) didn't let that happen."

 

SIUE scored four times in the third inning before scoring single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

 

Grant Gordon (1-0) earned the win in relief for Missouri State in game two. He pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out two.

 

Travis Becherer was 3 for 3 in the game with an RBI and a run. Becherer was 5 for 8 combined for the day and 6 for 10 in the three-game series.

 

"Travis was really good this weekend," Collins said. "You can just look at all the times he was on base. He's really been solid all year."

 

Greatting added two hits and a pair of RBIs in game two.

 

The Cougars continue the road trip when they travel to Indiana State for a single game Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. Eastern time.

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