MOREHEAD. Ky. – SIUE hit three home runs Friday, including two from Brock Weimer, but it came in a losing cause. Morehead State defeated the Cougars 16-4 at Sonny Allen Field in the second game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series.
The Cougars have lost four straight and dropped to 17-17 overall and 6-11 in the OVC. Morehead State is 24-11 overall and 10-4 in the OVC.
Morehead State got out to an early and big lead against SIUE starter Brock Fulkerson. The Eagles scored twice in the first inning, added five runs in the second inning and scored three more in the third inning to lead 10-0.
"They jumped on us early again," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "It was 10-0 before we knew what hit us. That's just a big mountain to climb."
The Cougars committed two early errors which contributed to four unearned runs.
"We have just not played good baseball the last two days," Lyons added. "It's frustrating."
Fulkerson fell to 2-4. He allowed 10 runs, six earned, on 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
SIUE got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning. Keaton Wright led off the fourth inning with his ninth home run of the year. Weimer hit his first of the day, and 10th of the year, with two outs and nobody aboard.
Weimer's second home run of the day came with two outs in the sixth inning. He was 2 for 3 with a walk. Weimer's 11 home runs are already the second most in a single season for SIUE at the Division I level.
"Brock hit the ball well a couple of times," Lyons said. "It would be nice if we could get those home runs when we had some guys on base."
The Eagles scored another five runs in the sixth inning and added a single run in the seventh.
Morehead State starter Dalton Stambaugh (2-1) pitched into the eighth. He allowed all four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Wright drove in a run with a double in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2 for 4.
The Cougars finished with eight hits.
"We put up some pretty good at-bats," Lyons said. "We hit some balls hard early on that were just right at people. They made a couple of plays right up against fence."
Niko Hulsizer was 3 for 6 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead Morehead State. Will Schneider was 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Cougars and Eagles complete the series with a 12 noon CT game Saturday.
"Our goal is just to play better baseball," Lyons said. "We just have not done that."