Eastern’s baseball team has a rough start after losing two out of three games in a series against Charleston Southern. The Colonels travel this week to Rock Hill, S.C.Progress file photo

Eastern’s baseball team has a rough start after losing two out of three games in a series against Charleston Southern. The Colonels travel this week to Rock Hill, S.C.
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BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
progress@eku.edu

Eastern’s three-game series against Charleston Southern ended with only one win.

Immediately after finishing game two, Colonel’s baseball team lost the third and final game to the Buccaneers 6-5.  The Colonels (1-2) had 11 hits and almost had a comeback in the seventh inning to tie, but the batters were unable to get the runner from second base home.

The Colonels took the lead in the second inning after a leadoff double by freshman Alex Nowlin.  Two batters later, a sacrifice fly by freshman Luke Wurzelbacher made it 2-0.

Charleston Southern answered back in the bottom half of the inning with four runs. Back-to-back singles by Charleston Southern made sure the Buccaneers secured a big inning. The Buccaneers added two more in the fifth with left fielder John Faircloth driving in a run with a single to center and then later running home.

The Colonels started to rally in the sixth inning. The first three batters each drew walks to load the bases. Sophomore Demetrius Moorer had a single scoring one, and Junior Bryan Soloman had a groundout scoring another run.

Senior Shaun Ball singled pushing in another runner for Eastern.  With the score at 6-5, the Colonels were within a single run of tying.

Eastern got the tying run to second base with one out in the seventh, but couldn’t get the runner home in the last inning of the game.

Brent Cobb (0-1) started the game for the Colonels and allowing six hits on 20 batters faced.

The Colonels will play again this weekend in Rock Hill, S.C. in another three-game series. The first game is against the Army Black Knights on Feb. 22. The second game will be against Winthrop University on Feb. 23 and the final game against Delaware State University on Feb. 24.