EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Riding a two-game winning streak, SIUE baseball heads to UT Martin for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series beginning Friday. The schedule calls for a 6 p.m. game Friday with a 3 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday.
"Two midweek wins gives us a little bit of confidence," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "We have been swinging the bats better of late. We look for that to continue this weekend."
With time running out on the OVC regular season, SIUE continues to remain in the hunt for an OVC tournament bid. The Cougars are 3-15 in OVC play and 9-26 overall.
"We're running out of time to try to make a run at getting into the tournament," Lyons said. "With four weekends left it's either put up or shut up when it comes to playing good baseball."
SIUE scored seven runs in each of its two midweek-wins. The Cougars collected a season-high 14 hits in Tuesday's win on the road at Illinois State. SIUE used a five-run 10th inning for the win Tuesday and got a six-run sixth inning on its way to the win Wednesday.
"We have had a couple of games here in a row where we've gotten some big hits out of guys with runners on to help us to those big innings," Lyons added. "We haven't had a lot of innings like that. Hopefully that's a sign of things to come."
UT Martin enters the weekend at 5-29 overall and 2-13 in OVC play. The Skyhawks have dropped 17 consecutive games.
The Cougars hold a 15-11 record in the all-time series with UT Martin. The Skyhawks are 6-5 in the series at home. Last season UT Martin swept SIUE in Edwardsville.
Lyons said the Cougars will need contributions from the entire team to be successful over the season's final month.
"We're going to need everybody," he said. "The whole roster is going to need to play well down the stretch for us to have an opportunity to get back in the mix."
All three games will air on 88-7 the sound and online at SIUECougarNetwork.com. Live stats also are available at SIUEStats.com.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Game 1: SIUE LHP Byrd (0-6) vs. UTM LHP Bazzani (1-3)
Game 2: SIUE RHP Serwa (2-3) vs. UTM RPH Cannon (0-6)
Game 3: SIUE LHP Llorens (0-3) vs. UTM LHP Folks (1-4)