By Casey Castle
After taking two of a three game series against Tennessee Tech, the Eastern men’s baseball team swept UT Martin over the weekend.The Colonels (16-12) improve their record to 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and sit just a game and a half back of conference leader Samford.
Senior Scott Goetz surrendered just two runs in 6.1 innings to give the Colonels a 4-2 victory in game one.
Freshman Christian Friedrich threw six innings and struck out 10 on his way to earning the victory in game two.
Friedrich’s 15-inning scoreless streak was snapped in the third when Lance Renton knocked in a run on a groundout.
Sophomore Joe Oliver hit a three-run homerun early to give the Colonels a 3-0 lead.
Friedrich allowed just one run and the Colonels cruised 6-1.
Eastern continued to increase its margin of victories and won handily 11-3 in the series finale.
Junior Charlie Yabrough was 3-for-5 with a three-run blast to lead the Colonels.
Freshman Eric Hash threw five scoreless innings and struck out three to earn the victory for the Colonels.
Eastern handled Skyhawk pitching while keeping the UT Martin hitters offbalanced.
Colonel pitchers allowed just six runs in three games. Skyhawk hitters managed ten hits in game three but stranded ten base runners.
In game three, Hash allowed only two of hits in five innings of work.
“Our pitchers came out with the right attitude of throwing strikes,” Assistant baseball coach John Corbin said.
The Colonels hosted Miami of Ohio yesterday. They return to league play when Murray State visits Turkey Hughes field Friday.
The Racers are just 1-8 in the conference and sit in the cellar in the league standings.
“That’s always the team that will scare you the most,” Corbin said. “Your team always gets off their guard a little bit. (The Racers) have nothing to lose. They may think they’re already eliminated or they might have the mentality that they have to win every game.
“They’re going to do whatever it takes every day and play each game as if it was their last.”
A distinct difference in power exists between the two teams. Murray is dead last in long balls with three. The Colonels lead the league with 32.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday at 12 p.m. and finish the series Saturday at 1 p.m.
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