By Cindy Held
Like many other college students, the baseball Colonels spent Spring Break playing in Florida. Eastern finished the trip with a .500 mark at 4-4 and junior first baseman Charlie Yarbrough earned Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this year.
The Colonels played eight games over eight days in the Florida Baseball All-Star Challenge in Bradenton, Fla.
Eastern started action against the University of Connecticut. The Huskies rode a five-run fifth inning to hold on against Eastern.
The Colonels had jumped out to an early lead but the big inning proved to be enough.
On day later, the Colonels got into the win column by routing St. Francis 13-2. Eastern then dropped two straight.
The team fell to the Bradley Braves 3-2 in a 12-inning heartbreaker and then dropped a 6-4 decision to the Fairfield Stags a day later.
Eastern got off the snide after a day off when sophomore Joe Oliver connected on a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-6 victory over Indiana.
The next day, the Colonels swept Northern Iowa in a doubleheader. Eastern took game on the strength of a six-run fourth inning to win 8-5. The inning was highlighted by a Yarbrough three-run cookie.
Then the team rallied from from five runs down to take game two 13-9. Senior Nick Barte allowed just two runs in five and a third innings to earn the vicotry.
To cap off the event, Eastern lost another 12-inning heartbreaker, this time to Cornell 8-7.
Yarbrough earned the conference weekly award for his performance over the break.
He leads the team with eight home runs and 28 RBIs on the year.
The junior is also hitting over .400 for the season and committed just two errors while manning first base for Eastern.
Yarbrough has posted a slugging percentage of .866 and an on-base percentage of .500.
Junior Tony Wells is hitting .426 this season and leads the team in triples with three. He’s driven in 15 runs and is slugging .723.
Freshman Aaron Barrows leads the team in hitting with an average of .452.
Junior Tyler Nix has hit 5 doubles and driven in 10 runs.
Lucas Waters leads the team in stolen bases with 16 and has been thrown out while attempting to steal only once.
Sophomore Alex Napier leads the team with a 1.84 ERA and has struck out 12 hitters in 14.2 innings.
Freshman Eric Hash has posted a 2.18 ERA and struck out 19 in 20.2 stanzas.
Junior Micheal Mulholland leads the Colonels with 9 appearences. He has struck out 17 in just 16 innings.
Freshman Chris Friedrich is 3-0 this year and leads the club in strike outs with 28 in 20 innings of work. His ERA is third best on the team at 2.70.
Eastern was 9-8 going into yesterday’s game against Georgetown.
The Colonels will travel to Morehead for a two-game series to kick off their OVC schedule.
Eastern returns home April 1 to host Tennessee Tech.
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