EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Eastern Illinois scored 15 runs on 15 hits Sunday, defeating SIUE 15-7 in the final game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Simmons Baseball Complex.
SIUE fell to 17-28 overall and 9-15 in the OVC. Eastern Illinois is 23-24 overall and 13-14 in OVC play.
The Panthers scored twice in the first inning and never looked back.
"That was not the way we wanted to come out and play today," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "They jumped on us early."
EIU scored a run in the third, two in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth to go up 8-0 before SIUE got on the board in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a solo home run from Dustin Woodcock.
Eastern Illinois starter Foster Anshutz allowed the run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings and improved to 6-1.
"Their left-hander did a nice job keeping us off balance," Lyons said. "We were unable to get anything going offensively."
SIUE starter David Llorens worked just 3 1/3 innings allowing four runs on three hits and three walks. He fell to 3-6. SIUE used seven relievers who, with Llorens, combined for 12 walks.
"On the mound we struggled with the strike pitch and they took advantage of every free base we gave them," Lyons said. "We used a lot of guys just in trying to find a zero. After they jumped out early and the way we were struggling putting up runs, we were trying to find someone to just keep us in the ballgame."
Both teams turned in big eighth innings. EIU scored five times and SIUE answered with six runs of their own. Brock Weimer picked up and RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Peyton Cordova-Smith drove in a run with a hit and Raul Elguezabal added three RBIs on a bases-clearing triple.
"You never know when they big inning may occur," We got one in the eighth and you look back and think if you could have put up a couple of zeros you're right back in it."
Weimer finished 2-4 and was the only SIUE player with more than a hit.
SIUE has the week off before resuming OVC play on the road at Jacksonville State Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"Guys have finals this week," Lyons said. "They have a lot of their plate. We'll get a couple of days of practice in before we head down south."