EVANSTON, Ill. – SIUE baseball scored four times in the first two innings Saturday and cruised to an 8-2 win over Northwestern in the second game of a three-game nonconference series at Rocky Miller Park.
The Cougars improved to 19-29 overall. Northwestern fell to 16-32.
"We played well in all facets of the game today," SIUE Head Coach Tony Stoecklin said.
Denton Reed tripled to drive home Nick Lombardo, who had singled to start the game. Reed scored on a sacrifice fly by Devin Caldwell to make it 2-0 Cougars. Caldwell and Reed each picked up RBIs in a two-run second inning for the Cougars to make it 4-0.
Wildcats starter Reed Mason (0-0) allowed the four runs over six innings in the loss.
Northwestern got on the board with an RBI single by Walker Moses in the fourth inning. The run came against SIUE starter Evan Martens. Martens allowed just the run on three hits. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.
The Cougars pushed four more runs across in the top of the seventh inning. Caldwell doubled with the bases loaded to drive in two. Geissinger followed with an RBI groundout and then Chase Green doubled to bring in Caldwell to make it 8-1 SIUE.
Caldwell finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs, tying his career high for RBIs in a game. Reed was 3 for 5 with the pair of RBIs. Green was 3 for 5 with an RBI.
"Denton has had an outstanding series," Stoecklin said. "He continues to take great at-bat after great at-bat, and he had a big sacrifice bunt for us today.
"Devin had another clutch at-bat in the seventh inning," Stoecklin continued. "We needed those runs."
The Wildcats managed a run against Cougar reliever Caleb Wilkerson in the eighth inning. Joe Hoscheit singled to bring a run and make cut the SIUE lead to 8-2.
Moses and Hoscheit each were 1 for 4 with an RBI for the Wildcats.
Wilkerson pitched four innings allowing just the run on five hits. He struck out one and improved to 1-2 with the win.
Stoecklin said he was happy with the way both Martens and Wilkerson pitched.
"They did an excellent job," he said. "The main thing is they attacked the strike zone today and made Northwestern swing the bats."
Northwestern put a pair of runners on in the ninth inning against Wilkerson before P.J. Schuster came on in relief. Schuster struck out the first two hitters he faced before getting a line out to end the game.
"He did a nice job putting out the fire and not letting the ninth inning get away," Stoecklin said of Schuster.
The rubber match of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
"If we come out and play like we did today, I like our chances," Stoecklin said.