EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE and Southeast Missouri State combined for 24 runs on 28 hits Sunday afternoon with SEMO prevailing 13-11 in the finale of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series at Simmons Baseball Complex.
The Cougars fell to 8-18 overall and 6-9 in the OVC, while Southeast improved to 17-16 and 9-6 in the OVC.
"We just haven't been able to piece all three aspects of baseball together," SIUE Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said. "You need all three going well to win a game. It's hard to go out and just outhit somebody."
The Cougars built a 7-1 lead over the first two innings. Devin Caldwell hit a two-run home run in the first. Joel Greatting and Skyler Geissinger each had two-run hits in the second inning. Caldwell finished the game 2 for 5 with the pair of RBIs. Geissinger was 2 for 6 with two RBIs.
Southeast Missouri scored twice in the third inning and added three runs in the fourth to make it 8-6 Cougars.
The Redhawks took their first lead of the day in the sixth inning. Southeast First baseman Matt Tellor connected on a three-run home run against reliever Tony Schaeffer to make it 10-9.
Greatting answered for SIUE with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning to knot the score 10-10. Southeast Missouri regained the lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Jason Blum. Blum was 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the win.
Jamez Vazquez answered for SIUE in the bottom of the seventh. Vazquez led off the inning with his first home run of the year to even the score at 11.
"I like the way we're swinging the bats," Stoecklin said. "Joel Greatting and James Vazquez have been outstanding on offense this weekend. They've done a great job."
The three home runs hit in the game were a season-high for SIUE, which had just five as a team before the weekend. The Cougars hit four during the series.
Greatting was 3 for 4 with the home run, three RBIs, and four runs scored. He was hit by a pitch twice, and was on base five times. Greatting hit .500 (6 for 12) during the series with the home run and five RBIs.
Vazquez, hitting in the ninth spot in the order, was 3 for 4 with the homer, and RBI, and two runs scored. Vazquez finished the weekend 6 for 11 (.545) with a pair of RBIs.
"James has been a really good second leadoff type in the nine-hole," Stoecklin said. "He's done a great job."
Tellor hit a two-run home run in the eighth to put the Redhawks ahead for good at 13-11. Tellor was 2 for 5 for Southeast with the two home runs and five RBIs.
Ryan Barnes, Branden Boggetto, and Dalton Hewitt each had two hits for Southeast.
Schaeffer (1-2) suffered the loss for the Cougars. He allowed four runs on five hits in four innings of work. He struck out six.
"Last weekend he was really sharp in the same circumstances this weekend he wasn't," Stoecklin said of the senior Schaeffer. "He had some mechanical flaws and he just couldn't make the adjustment today."
Michael Patman tossed just 2/3 of an inning in relief and earned the win for Southeast Missouri. He was one of six pitchers used by the Redhawks. Bobby Hurst pitched the ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the year.
The Cougars dropped to 6-7 in home games with Sunday's loss.
"It's tough to lose a series at home regardless of who the opponent is," Stoecklin said.
SIUE travels to Saint Louis for a Tuesday game at the Billiken Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.