By Clayton Ward
Eastern baseball (18-18-1, 8-7 OVC) played Berea College (7-25-2) last weekend, and the Colonels offensively overpowered the NAIA institution.While Berea managed to score the first run, it was the only lead of the day for the Mountaineers. In the bottom of the second, Eastern scored five, gaining the lead they would possess the rest of the game.
Senior Clint Seymour was a big contributor in the game with four runs and two hits, helping Eastern bounce back from the three-game series against Murray State.
Murray State Series
Murray State (13-19, 4-8) punished Eastern not once, but twice in Saturday’s double-header.
The Racers built a three-run lead early. Murray State slowly added one run at a time in later innings before finally shutting out the Colonels, 6-0.
In the second game against Murray, Eastern showed more offensive fight and kept it close for the first four innings.
With RBI groundouts by senior Tyler Barnett and junior Tyler Rehmel, Eastern cut the Racers’ lead to 3-2. But from there on Murray pulled away scoring one to two runs per inning until the Racers were victorious, 7-3.
“[Our] backs (were) against the wall because we played bad baseball Saturday,” said Head Coach Elvis Dominguez.
Sunday proved to be different as Eastern salvaged what they could of the series with a win over Murray State, 7-4.
Much the same as Murray State did on Saturday, Eastern chopped away at the Racers in game three. Taking an early lead, Eastern was up 2-0 in the first, and as Murray attempted to mount a comeback, Eastern moved further ahead.
Murray’s three-run comeback fell three runs shy, giving Eastern the win.
The Colonel’s offensive standout was Matt Davis with two runs, two hits and two RBIs. Chris Grider pitched seven innings of work giving up four hits, but earning eight strikeouts.
“We showed a lot of heart on Sunday,” said Dominguez.
Thomas Moore College
Junior Tyler Rehmel had a full game’s work against Thomas Moore College (14-7) collecting three runs (three-for-four in hits) and three RBIs, leading the Colonels to a 16-6 thumping.
Thomas Moore was able to keep it relatively close for three innings, but the Colonels would have two monster innings, scoring four runs in the fourth inning and nine runs in the sixth, putting the game well out of reach and giving Eastern the win.