NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brock Weimer finished with three hits and two RBIs and David Llorens allowed a single run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday as SIUE defeated Belmont 3-1 in the second game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series.
SIUE improved to 4-4 in OVC play and 7-12 overall. First-place Belmont slipped to 6-2 in the OVC and 11-11 overall.
Llorens gave up only six hits, walked three and struck out eight in the longest start of his career. He won for the second weekend in a row to improve to 2-2.
"David did a fantastic job today," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "He really was able to command his pitches and get deeper into the game. He gave us an effort today that we really needed after a loss yesterday.
The Bruins took advantage of a walk to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Chas Hadden walked then scored when Hunter Holland flied a ball into the outfield which fell in for a triple.]
Holland was 2-4 and had the only RBI of the game for Belmont.
SIUE answered with two runs in the third to seize the lead for good. Jordan Ross singled to start the inning and Jack Rigoni doubled. Eric Giltz hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score and Weimer added an RBI-hit to put SIUE up 2-1.
"It was good to see," Lyons said. "They score one and we bounce back with a two-spot there."
Weimer singled with one out in the fifth to score Dustin Woodcock to give SIUE the 3-1 edge. He finished 3-4 with the two RBIs to lead The Cougars at the plate.
"It was somewhat frustrating in that we had 16 or 17 base runners but we are only able to score three," Lyons said.
The Cougars left eight runners on base and Belmont turned four double plays.
"We need to do a better job of capitalizing on our opportunities," Lyons said. "That was a game where we could have separated but we were unable to."
Belmont starter Joshua South fell to 2-2 with the loss. He worked five innings and allowed all three runs on 10 hits. He struck out four.
Braydon Bone closed out the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three to earn his third save of the year.
"We have great confidence in our bullpen and Braydon made some quick work in his first inning and a third," Lyons added. "Now we go into tomorrow knowing we pretty much have a full arsenal in the bullpen."
The Cougars will look for their second consecutive OVC series win Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
"Sundays are huge," Lyons said. "The teams that want to contend need to win on Sundays."