EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE baseball is wrapping up its season-opening 10-game road trip and travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a three-game weekend set with Oral Roberts.
SIUE takes a 2-4 record into the weekend, while the Golden Eagles, last season's Summit League champions, are 5-1.
The Cougars and Golden Eagles are set to begin the series with a 3 p.m. game Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.
"We have shown improvement, but we still have a long way to go," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "We did play more innings of better baseball at (last weekend) Louisiana Tech.
Lyons said he is looking for some consistency from the offense.
"The struggles can be partly attributed to the pitching staffs we faced," Lyons said. "It's not going to be any easier at Oral Roberts this weekend. Their numbers are pretty outstanding. We know it is going to be a tough test for us, but one we're looking forward to taking on."
SIUE will use the same rotation as the previous weekend at Louisiana Tech. Nelson Martz will start Friday with Ryan Byrd (Saturday) and Kenny Serwa (Sunday) set to follow in the series. Serwa is 1-0 with a 1.64 earned run average in 11 innings over two starts.
"Kenny has been a highlight these first two weekends for sure," Lyons said. "He's done a nice job commanding the fastball and giving us a chance deeper into ballgames. Nellie has struggled a little bit the first two weekends, but I think he'll get out of that little funk."
Lyons added that as the season progresses, player's roles were be better defined.
"We're getting a little better picture of what guys' roles are going to be, but it's ever-changing," he said. "It's a long season. We had some guys have great first weekends, who then turn around and struggled the next weekend."
Lyons added that he'd like to the see the Cougars' put all three aspects of the game together.
"I'd like to see us play three complete ballgames as far as pitching, defense and the bats go," he said.
Probable Pitching Matchups:
Friday: SIUE RHP Nelson Martz (0-2) vs. ORU RHP Josh McMinn (0-0)
Saturday: SIUE LHP Ryan Byrd (0-1) vs. ORU LHP Miguel Ausua (0-0)
Sunday: SIUE RHP Kenny Serwa (1-0) vs. ORU RHP Justin McGregor (1-0)