By Johnathan Stark
Following the spring break trip to Hawaii, the Colonels (13-7, 3-0 OVC) returned home to host a three-game series against Southeastern Missouri State (10-14, 0-3). Junior Kalyn Fox was selected Monday as the OVC Pitcher of the Week and freshman Erin Luther earned OVC Co-Player of the Week.Game one
In the OVC opener the Colonels trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
An infield single by Amber Lenz, followed by Adriel Foxley being hit by a pitch and Shyenne Hussey walking, loaded the bases for catcher Jena Handley.
Taking advantage of the situation, Handley blasted a homerun into the stands for a grand slam. It was her second homerun of the season, giving Eastern the lead 5-2.
Freshman Erin Luther hit her first collegiate homerun later that inning, making it 6-2.
Relief pitcher Kalyn Fox earned her second win of the year, allowing only one hit over three innings of work.
Game two of the series SEMO took and an early lead, hitting a solo homerun in the first.
Eastern answered in the bottom of the second with three runs of their own.
Erin Luther hit a two-run knock to take a 2-1 lead. A Pam Weber RBI single made it 3-1.
The Redhawks put another across in the top of the third but EKU promptly answered as Luther belted another two-run homer in the bottom of the third.
Luther would finish 2-3 with four RBIs.
The Colonel offense continued to surge with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a Handley two-run double.
The game ended on an RBI single by Hussey in the bottom of the sixth as the Colonels took an 11-2 lead.
Fox earned her second win in two days and third of the season after pitching three and one-third innings of relief work.
The final game of the series, and second of the double-header, started off with back-to-back homeruns by SEMO’s one and two hitters.
The lead was short lived as the Colonels hit back-to-back RBI singles by Foxley and Hussey in the bottom of the first to tie the game up at two.
Foxley and Hussey would repeat with back-to-back RBI singles in the second as Eastern took the lead 4-2.
Eastern started a rally in the sixth inning, scoring six runs. Foxley hit a three-run homer in the inning, ending her day at 3-4 with five RBIs.
A two-run double by Luther ended the game at 11-2.
Fox got another win, pitching five and one-third innings, while only giving up two hits.
Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament
During spring break the Colonel softball team competed in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii. For Hawaii natives Shyenne Hussey and DeAnn Horswill, it was a trip home. Eastern played five games over four days going 2-3. Following the tournament, Hussey and catcher Jena Handley were selected for the All-Tournament team.
Southern Illinois (15-11)
In their first game on the island of Oahu, the Colonels met up with fellow out-of-towners Southern Illinois.
An Adriana Foxley homerun in the third broke a 1-1 tie. Eastern tacked on two more in the fifth to lead 4-1.
The lead was short lived as a three-run homer by SIU tied the game up again.
The Colonels put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh, winning 8-4.
Hawaii native Hussey went 1-4 with a homerun and two RBIs.
Eastern had no answer for the host University of Hawaii in the tournament. The Rainbow Wahine blanked the Colonels 5-0.
Hussey went 3-3, getting three of the Colonels seven hits.
Jenn Bledsoe took the loss for Eastern. She gave up two runs on four hits in two and one-third innings of work.
Hawaii is currently ranked 17th in the nation.
The Colonels were no match for No. 20 ranked Washington as the Huskies won 4-0.
Washington’s three runs in the top of the second would be enough as the Colonels only managed to scatter four hits throughout the game.
Pitcher Aleah Macon went seven innings giving up no runs and striking out nine.
Eastern’s Kalyn Fox gave up four runs over five and one-third innings, taking the loss, her second of the season.
Washington went 6-0 during the tournament.
Idaho State (1-13)
Eastern won their second game of the Hawaii trip, beating Idaho State 9-0.
The Colonels got on the board in the first with four straight singles. The run-scoring hit was by Hussey. She would go 2-4 with two RBIs.
ISU only got four hits off Eastern’s Stayce Toups as she picked up her fourth win of the season.
The Colonels lead off the fifth with four straight singles.With a 2-0 lead, a Handley base hit drove in two more.
The game was called in the sixth when Eastern pushed the lead to 9-0.
The second meeting of these two proved to be a rubber match.
Toups didn’t allow a hit in the first four innings.
Eastern threatened in the top of the sixth after getting two on with one out. Two strikes ended the threat as quickly and the game remained knotted at zero.
Hawaii scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth after a single to right drove in the runner on third.
Eastern got a runner on in the top of the seventh with two out, but another timely strikeout ended the game at 1-0 for Hawaii.