Junior first baseman DeAnn Horswill gets in position to field a ground ball during Eastern’s series against Murray State. (Sonya Johnson)

By Langdon Barnes

The Colonels were unable to win their series with Murray State over the weekend. The Colonels (13-33, 7-13 OVC) fell 5-0 in the first game, won 2-0 in the second and then lost 14-4 in the series finale.”In conference one game can determine if you make it to the tournament or not, said senior Shyenne Hussey. “Every win we get is valuable.”

The first game was called early because of rain. Murray State (20-26, 9-10 OVC) scored all five of their runs in the first inning. Jenna Bradley drove in two of the runs in the inning. The Racers reached base on two passed balls on their way to an early lead.

Freshman Shelby Kosmecki (4-5) gave up six hits over six innings to hold Eastern scoreless. She walked one batter and struck out two.

Freshman Kristin Perry came on in relief in the first inning after three Murray State runs. She allowed two runs on one hit in six and two-thirds innings. Perry also struck out six batters.

The Racers scored their five runs on only three hits.

The second game of the day was postponed and moved to Sunday.

The Colonels won the game 2-0 with Perry leading the way. Perry tossed a complete game one-hit shutout.

“Every win is important at this point in the season,” said Jena Handley. “We need to take it one game at a time; we still have work to do.”

Eastern took an early lead in the first on a Melissa Costa RBI. Christina Datko scored on an error in the fifth inning for the final run.

Perry’s only hit given up was in the third inning. She struck out seven batters for the game.

The Colonels were able to get on the board in the first inning of the second game. Raquel Howes and Handley each drove in a run to give Eastern a 2-0 lead.

Morehead State was able to tie the game in the second with RBI singles by Stephanie Edwards and Taylor Wilson. The Racers then scored then runs in the third to extend their lead at 5-2. Lauren Buch drove in two of the three runs in the third.

Eastern was able to cut the lead to one after a two-run home run in the bottom of the third by Costa. It was the first of her career.

Murray State scored once in the fourth and eight times in the fifth to seal the victory. Stephanie Mattocks drove in two of the eight runs in the inning.

Buch went 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs for the Racers. Murray State had four other players with two RBIs for the game.

Handley went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Eastern. Sophomore Diane Gallagher went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Her stolen base in the first inning broke the school record for steals in a season. She now has 32 stolen bases on the year.

The Colonels have now won seven of their 13 wins against OVC teams.

“I want to win that OVC championship,” said Hussey. “I know what has to be done as long as we put it together we will be good.