EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Morehead State picked up a lopsided win over SIUE Friday in the opener of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series.
On a windy day at Simmons Baseball Complex, the Eagles banged out 24 hits, including four home runs on their way to defeating the Cougars 25-3.
SIUE has dropped six in a row and fell to 7-24 overall and 3-13 in the OVC. Morehead State improved to 21-14 overall and 9-4 in the league.
"You wake up tomorrow and you have a game and you have a game Sunday," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "And both teams start at zero."
The Eagles opened the scoring with a six-run second inning against SIUE starter Ryan Byrd (0-6). Niko Hulsizer, Trevor Snyder and Jake Hammon each homered in the inning.
Byrd settled in and pitched into the sixth inning. The Eagles scored four more times in the sixth. Byrd allowed 10 runs over five innings. He struck out four.
"He gave up the six in the second inning and he regrouped," Lyons said of Byrd. "We told him all he could do was execute one pitch at a time. He ran into a little bit of bad luck in the sixth inning that turned into a big inning."
Morehead State broke the game open with a 13-run seventh inning. Of the 13 runs, the Eagles scored 12 with two outs. MSU collected 10 straight hits at one point in the inning. Connor Pauly homered and singled for two RBIs in the inning and Braxton Morris doubled twice in the inning and drove in four runs.
Morehead State starter TJ Satterly (1-0) worked seven shutout innings. He allowed just two hits.
"(Satterly) did a nice job," Lyons said. "We did not make the adjustment to him. We continued to let him dictate our at-bats."
SIUE's only runs came in the seventh inning off Eagles' reliever John Hurayt. Brock Weimer and Peyton Cordova-Smith singled ahead of Aaron Goecks, who hit his team-leading fourth home run of the year to left field.
Hulsizer finished with a cycle in the win. After homering in the second, he triples in the sixth inning, doubled in the seventh and then lined a single to left in the ninth inning. Morris finished the day 2 for 5 with six RBIs.
"I say it every time, but we have to play better," Lyons added. "That said, we come out tomorrow and we get a win and we even the series."
Game two of the series is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Simmons Complex.