BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
progress@eku.edu

The first game of the 2013 season didn’t go well for Eastern’s baseball team. The Colonels dropped its first game 4-17 against the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers Feb. 15.

The team got off to a fast start in the game, jumping on Charleston Southern in Charleston, South Carolina with a 4-0 start in the first three innings of the game.

The Colonels couldn’t hold onto the lead, though. Charleston Southern scored 17 unanswered runs in the final five innings to take the first game of the three-game series over the weekend.

Leadoff hitter senior Austin Grisham took the very first pitch of the game to right field for the first hit of the season for the Colonels. Two batters later, he crossed home plate to take the lead for the Colonels.  Junior Bryan Soloman, one of Eastern’s offensive leaders, drove in Grisham with a single.

The Colonels scored three more runs in the third inning after freshman Kyle Nowlin scored one with a single, which was his first collegiate hit.  A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from junior Sean Hagen pushed two more past the plate for Eastern.

Charleston Southern scored eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and never gave up the lead again. A six-run seventh inning and three-run eighth inning only strengthened the opponent’s lead.

Eastern committed five errors behind the five pitchers used.

Starting Pitcher senior Anthony Bazzani (0-1) pitched five innings and allowed six earned runs on 77 pitches.  Bazzani also struck out six batters.

Sophomore Cameron Langfels pitched 1.2 innings and allowed nine runs, but only three of those runs were earned because of the errors.  Freshman Chris Cervantes saw action in his first game as a Colonel by pitching one inning and giving up no runs.