Jacksonville State Sweeps Cougars With Comeback Win

Jacksonville State Sweeps Cougars With Comeback Win

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. –SIUE baseball scored six runs on 10 hits Sunday, but Jacksonville State scored three times in the eighth inning to pick up a come-from-behind 7-6 victory and sweep the three-game Ohio Valley Conference series.

The Cougars, now 5-10 overall and 3-3 in the OVC, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after loading the bases with nobody out on two walks and a hit. Skyler Geissinger hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed James Vazquez to score the first run of the game. Caleb Wilkerson scored to make it 2-0 when Denton Reed grounded a ball to second base, and it was misplayed.

Jacksonville State, which improved to 11-10 overall and 5-1 in the OVC, scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1.

Geissinger made it 3-1 SIUE with his second RBI of the game in the third inning. He single to left scored Joel Greatting, who also had singled.

Michael Bishop's two-run home run capped a three-run fifth inning that put JSU ahead 4-3. Bishop led JSU with two hits and two RBIs.

SIUE tied the game in the sixth inning. Geissinger led off the inning with a double to left and then scored on an error by JSU third baseman Eddie Mora-Lorea.           

Geissinger finished the day 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs.

"We were better on offense today," SIUE Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "Skyler did a nice job at the plate today. He swung the bat very well.

The Cougars regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning. A two-run home run from Devin Caldwell made it 6-4. Reed scored ahead of Caldwell after reaching with a one-out single. Caldwell also finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

"Devin looked like his old self today," Stoecklin said. "The home run came at a good time."

P.J. Schuster pitched seven strong innings for SIUE, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out three.

"P.J. did a good job today," Stoecklin said. "He gave us a chance to win."

The Gamecocks used back-to-back-to-back hits off of SIUE pitcher Tony Schaeffer to open the eighth inning. A bases loaded walk to Gavin Golsan made it 6-5. Zach Elbirt then drove a ball to left which was misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Schaeffer fell to 0-1 with the loss.

Travis Stout (1-0) earned the win, tossing  1 1/3 innings of relief.

SIUE travels to Normal, Ill. for a 3 p.m. game Tuesday.

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