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SIUE Baseball Falls to Salukis

Devin Colley
Devin Colley

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIU Carbondale scored six times in the second inning and held on for an 8-3 win over SIUE in nonconference baseball at Simmons Complex Tuesday.

The Cougars fell to 5-13 overall. SIU Carbondale improved to 10-11. The meeting was the first for the sister schools in baseball since 2010.

After Brock Weimer gave SIUE a lead with an RBI-double in the first inning, SIUC used three hits, four walks from SIUE starter David Llorens, and an SIUE error to capitalize for six runs. Just three of the runs were earned.

"We put ourselves in a tough spot," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "We did not play clean baseball. It was ugly there in the early innings. It allowed them to put six runs up in the second and we fell behind early."

Llorens struck out the side in order in his first inning. He worked only two innings and fanned five for the game. He fell to 0-2 with the loss.

The Cougar bullpen, comprised of Tyler Hutchinson, Devin Colley and Brock Fulkerson limited the Salukis to just two runs, one earned on six hits over the final seven innings.

"It was a tough day to hit, but Hutchinson and Devin Colley did a great job," Lyons said. "That's two games in a row for those two out of the pen. Brock was Brock at the end of the game getting his work in. Those are good signs; good things to see."

SIUE scored single runs in the second and sixth innings. Aaron Goecks homered in the second. Aaron Jackson added a pinch-hit, RBI-single in the sixth.

Weimer finished with two hits to lead the Cougars.

"We barreled a few more balls today," Lyons said. "There were some positive things. If you take the big inning away, obviously, it's a totally different ballgame, but that's the way it went."

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