Southern Illinois University Edwardsville snapped a three-game Ohio Valley Conference losing streak Saturday with a 7-3 win at Eastern Kentucky in the second game of a three-game series.
The Cougars got off to a quick start, knocking EKU starter Alex Hamilton (3-4) from the game with six runs on five hits over the first three innings.
“We spoke yesterday about having too much of a passive approach at the plate,” SIUE Coach Danny Jackson said. “Today we came out extremely aggressive.”
SIUE starter Jarrett Bednar (1-7) earned his first win of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out two.
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“He came out and pitched like he had the lead,” Jackson said of Bednar. “He pitched with confidence.”
The Cougars and Colonels play the finale of the three-game set Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for noon.
Southern Indiana 7-8, McKendree 6-9
McKendree University junior outfielder Ryan Cates only had one swing in the Bearcats’ doubleheader Saturday at Hypes Field against the University of Southern Indiana, but it provided the biggest hit of the day in Lebanon.
Cates belted a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game two in propelling McKendree to a split of its twinbill with the Screaming Eagles. The game two victory pushed the Bearcats to 13-21 overall and 5-9 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. Southern Indiana is 20-14, 9-5 GLVC.
McKendree and Southern Indiana will close out their four-game weekend series with another doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Lebanon. First pitch is set for noon.
Junior infielder Isaac Fisher rapped out four hits on the day, including three in the nightcap. Junior outfielder Grant Anderson added three hits, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the second contest, while driving in four runs.
Junior infielder Tyson Boehne (Carlyle) also provided a big two-out, two-run single in the Bearcats’ four-run third inning of game two.
Lyon College 3-0, LU-Belleville 0-5
After taking game one Friday, the Lindenwood University-Belleville baseball team dropped the final two games Saturday against Lyon College in an American Midwest Conference action.
LU-Belleville fell to 12-36 overall and 5-16 in AMC play. The Scots improved to 25-20; 14-7 AMC.
The Lynx will now hit the road next weekend as they’ll pay a visit to Hannibal-LaGrange University. The first pitch on Friday will be tossed at 3 p.m. The doubleheader on Saturday will start at 12 p.m., with game two following at 3.