MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State starter Dalton Stambaugh limited SIUE to a run on three hits over seven-plus innings Friday as the Eagles defeated the Cougars 10-1 in the opening game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series.
The Cougars fell to 9-18 overall and 5-8 in OVC play. Morehead State improved to 19-11 overall and 6-4 in the OVC.
"Stambaugh was really pretty good tonight," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "You could tell early on that we were going to have a hard time scoring runs off of him. He was locating and mixing his pitches really well."
Stambaugh worked 7 2/3 innings and struck out a season-high 10 hitters. He walked just one and moved to 4-1 with the win.
The Cougars' lone run came in the fifth inning on a two-out solo home run by Jordan Ross, his first in an SIUE uniform.
Morehead State chased SIUE starter Collin Baumgartner with two runs in the second inning, two more in the third and a single run in the fifth inning.
"First, we didn't get the start that we wanted to get," SIUE Lyons added. "Momentum shifted to their side pretty early. We didn't give ourselves a chance on the mound to keep the game within striking distance."
The Eagles scored four runs against SIUE reliever Tyler Hutchinson in two innings of work and then added a run against Adam Drewry. Morehead State finished with 16 hits including eight extra base hits and two home runs.
"They were really putting some barrels on the ball and they had a lot of confidence going offensively," Lyons said. "We didn't make enough quality pitches."
Morehead State designated hitter Jon Burghardt was 4-4 with three doubles. Brock Weimer was 2-3 to lead SIUE.
Game two of the series is slated for Saturday at 1 p.m.
"Now we have to move on for game two tomorrow," Lyons said.