Eastern, like any other university has seen its shares of highs and lows in the sports world. This year has been memorable for several reasons. Men’s Tennis
Rob Oertel’s tennis squad not only finished 18-8 in the regular season, but went into the OVC Tournament undefeated (7-0.) The Colonels, led by number one singles star Alex Das, ran untouched through the tournament winning the OVC title and claiming a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Eastern has the top-ranked women’s shuttle hurdle relay team in the country. Just as impressive is the mark they leave at each meet. During the EKU Open, the men and women won 13 events. Earlier this month the Colonels traveled to Centre College, winning 15 events to cap it all off, records have been shattered along the way. Kat Pagano set a school record in the 10,000-meters at the Penn Relays. In February, the women placed second and the men placed third at the OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships. In just her first season at Eastern, DanHeisha Harding won in the 55 meter hurdles.
The men’s baseball team traveled to Knoxville, Tenn, to play Tennessee in a meeting of OVC and SEC teams.
Michael Garcia’s grand slam in the top of the 10th inning, proved to be the eventual game-winner. The Colonels left Knoxville 8-7 winners.
Eastern is now 21-19 on the year with non-conference series against University of Louisville, Dayton and Xavier University. They conclude their season on May 23 against SIU.
Jacksonville State entered the women’s OVC Tournament as the number one seed, but the Colonels had different plans. Even though the Colonels would lose in the championship match against Austin Peay, Eastern downed the Gamecocks 4-2 in the semifinals. The Colonels were looking to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. They opened the OVC Tournament by beating Morehead State. They finished the season 14-16.