By Keith Ritchie
After three double-digit losses to Morehead, the Colonels returned home to vent frustration against the Cumberlands. There was little the Patriots could do about it.Eastern cruised to a 15-2 victory over the Patriots last Tuesday at a rainy Turkey Hughes Field. The game ended in the seventh inning, due to a run rule.
The Patriots led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, when the Colonels scored four runs on three hits.
Sophomore outfielder Michael Garcia led off with a double to right field. Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBI. With one out, junior outfielder Richie Allen drilled a two-run home run over the right field fence. Later in the inning, senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando followed suit with another two-run shot over the fence in right-center field. Ottrando went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Colonels’ offense exploded for nine runs on seven hits. The surge was also aided by three Patriot errors. Seven Eastern batters reached base before the first out.
Among them was junior third baseman Jayson Langfels, the team’s leading source of power. Langfels fouled a pitch off the leg. Langfels finished the at bat by reaching on an error by the shortstop, but was limping badly on his way to first base. Jason Stein, the Eastern head coach, decided to pull the slugger.
“I didn’t want to come out of the game,” Langfels said. “Coach just explained that it isn’t worth risking it at that point in the game.”
Langfels leads the Colonels in batting average, home runs and slugging-percentage.
Eastern used four pitchers in the affair.
Junior right-hander Macon Smith recorded the win, going three innings and giving up two runs on two hits.
The Eastern bullpen held the Patriots scoreless through four innings of work.
“The win was good timing,” Stein said. “We were sputtering with confidence, coming off the Morehead series. We had some of our swagger back.