MACOMB, Ill. – The SIUE baseball team fell 8-2 in a midweek clash against Western Illinois Wednesday.
The Leathernecks (10-22) limited the Cougars (10-29) to just five hits on the night. Jack Carberry (1-0) recorded the win for WIU while Brett Taucher (1-1) picked up the loss for SIUE.
Western Illinois got things rolling early when Bailey Montgomery scored off an error by the Cougars in the 1st inning.
Taucher pitched just two complete inning for the Cougars and gave up only one run on two hits while striking out three Leatherneck batters.
Western Illinois then piled on four runs in the third inning.
Montgomery scored his second run of the night for the Leathernecks after Steve McShane was hit by pitch with the bases loaded. CJ Schaeffer and Alex Dorethy scored when Drue Galassi singled to right. Dillon Sears then reached first on a fielder's choice sending McShane home for the fourth run of the inning.
All four runs in the third were credited to SIUE's A.J. Johnson who came in for relief of Taucher.
The Cougars then gave up two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth inning.
The Cougars will be back in action when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama, for a three game road swing against Samford. There is a single game set for Friday at 6 p.m. and a double header scheduled for Saturday at 2 & 5 p.m.