By Jonathan Stark
In Eastern’s final game of the Eastern Kentucky University Invitational this past weekend, the Colonels beat Appalachian State, 6-1.Eastern got on the board in the bottom of the third when Erin Luther hit a two-out double down the right-field line, driving two runners to home base. Luther finished 2-of-3 with two RBIs.
The Colonels put up two more in the fourth, making it 4-0.
Appalachian State scored their only run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth.
Eastern went on to score two more runs in the fifth. The 6-1 lead held and the Colonels picked up the win.
Pitcher Stacey Toups earned the win for the Colonels. Toups went four innings, giving up only four hits and no runs while getting two strikeouts.
The Mountaineers fell to 1-12 on the season.
Eastern is now 8-4, and will head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament for the week of spring break.
Early in the day Sunday, Eastern faced Cleveland State (5-2).
The Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-run homer.
The Colonels answered in the bottom half with two runs of their own. Senior Adriel Foxley hit a two-run blast over the left field wall. It was Foxley’s only hit of the game.
CSU brought two more runners around to score in the fourth. Two runs on a Viking double broke the tie.
Eastern responded again, with another two-run homer. Catcher Jena Handley evened the score at 4-4.
The Colonels took the lead 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.
Jodi Pence earned the win in three innings of relief work for the Colonels. Pence is now 3-0 on the season.
On the first day of the EKU Invitational the Colonels went up against Dayton.
The Flyers (4-7) jumped on Eastern early, scoring four runs in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, Eastern cut the lead to three with a bases-loaded walk, but could not finish off the opportunity with a score.
The Colonels evened the score at 4-4 in the fifth inning. Senior Shyenne Hussey hit a two-run homer down the left-field line to pull Eastern within one.
Hussey finished at 2-2 with two walks.
Katie Rolf followed with a single. Rolf scored on a throwing error later in the inning.
In the sixth, Dayton tacked on three more runs. Eastern could not rally back and lost 7-3.