RUSTON, La. – SIUE starter Kenny Serwa threw six innings of two-hit shutout baseball Sunday, leading the Cougars to a 5-2 win over Louisiana Tech in the finale of a three-game series.
The Cougars are now 2-4. Louisiana Tech fell to 5-3.
Serwa (1-0) struck out five and did not walk a hitter, earning his first win in a Cougar uniform.
"For the second week in a row Kenny pitched extremely well," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "The way it played, we needed every out he provided."
Louisiana Tech starter Logan Bailey also worked six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and struck out six.
After six scoreless frames, SIUE struck first in the top of the seventh on a two-out, solo home run from Jared McCunn. The Cougars tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning. Peyton Cordova-Smith singled to drive home Eric Giltz and Bret Fehr, both of whom had walked in the inning. Brock Weimer followed with a two-run home run to make it 5-0 SIUE.
Weimer finished 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
"He's been working hard, maybe pressing a little," Lyons said. "After two hits yesterday he was a little more relaxed at the plate today. He got a pitch away and drove it out to left center. That home run was a big separator for us today."
McCunn and Brock Hammit finished with two hits apiece.
"We finally the bats going in the seventh and eighth innings," Lyons added. "And we were able to break it open in the eighth inning."
The Bulldogs only runs came against Cougar reliever Chris Robinson on two hits in the bottom of the eighth. Louisiana Tech brought the tying run to the plate before Mason McReaken came on to get out of the eighth. He hit a pair of batters in the ninth, but struck out two in the inning to earn his first save of the year.
Louisiana Tech right fielder Mason Robinson was 2-3 with an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Lyons said the Bullpen did its job.
SIUE is back on the road next weekend to face Oral Roberts in a three-game series beginning Friday.