MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State hit eight home runs on its way to a 28-15 win to complete a three-game sweep of SIUE baseball Saturday at Sonny Allen Field.
SIUE dropped to 17-18 overall and 6-12 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Morehead State improved to 25-11 overall and 11-4 in the OVC.
The Eagles outscored the Cougars 60-22 in the three-game series.
"That was not the outcome we were looking for when we came down here to start the weekend," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said.
Morehead State scored 28 runs on 20 hits and scored four or more runs in an inning four times Sunday. The Eagles also took advantage of nine walks and four hits batters by SIUE pitchers.
"We did not pitch very well," Lyons said. "We didn't do much well."
The Cougars finished with a season-high 15 runs on 16 hits.
"We did swing the bats a little better today," Lyons said. "At least we got rewarded a little bit better for how we've been swinging the bats, but not nearly enough."
The Cougars committed three errors Saturday leading to nine unearned runs. For the weekend, SIUE made nine errors accounting for 20 unearned runs.
"Every time we made an error, we really paid for it," Lyons said. "Nearly every inning in which we made an error, we gave up a four or more runs. Those kind of innings are just very difficult to overcome."
SIUE took a 1-0 lead Saturday on A Dustin Woodcock RBI in the first inning. Morehead State answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 2-1. The Eagles then scored in every inning of the game.
It was 3-1 MSU in the third when Woodcock doubled with one out. Brock Weimer then connected on his third home run of the series and 12th of the year to tie the score 3-3.
MSU scored seven times in the third inning. Outfielder Will Schneider hit a grand slam in the inning.
The Cougars pulled within a run with a six-run fourth inning. Jared McCunn walked with the bases loaded and Woodcock added an RBI single before Weimer teed off on his second of home run of the game, a grand slam, to make it 10-9.
MSU pushed the lead to 11-9 but SIUE tied the score in the fifth. McCunn doubled to drive in a run and Jordan Stading walked with the bases loaded.
Morehead State took the lead for good with a six-run fifth inning to go up 17-11. Reid Leonard and Braxton Morris each hit two-run homers for the Eagles in the inning. MSU then scored five times in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 22-11. Hunter Fain hit a grand slam in the inning and Tyler Niemann followed with a solo home run.
"We were not able to execute pitches which would give us an opportunity to stay in the ballgame," Lyons said.
Fain homered again in a four-run seventh. The Eagles scored twice more in the eighth.
Stading added an RBI seventh and ninth innings. Marty Brunk added an RBI single in the ninth for the Cougars.
Weimer finished the game 2 for 3 with two home runs and six RBIs. Weimer finished the series with four home runs and eight RBIs.
"Brock Weimer had an incredible four games for us this past week," Lyons said. "He's really been driving the baseball to the middle of the field. He was our real bright spot offensively."
Woodcock was 4 for 6 with two RBIs.
"Woody has been swinging the bat really well," Lyons said. "He has really been squaring up balls."
Mason McReaken (2-3) suffered the loss. He allowed 10 runs, five earned, on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Cable Wright (2-0) took the win. He tossed 2 2/3 innings of relief allowing a run on two hits.
SIUE remains on the road for a Tuesday afternoon matchup at Western Illinois. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.