A poor start to the 2013 season came for Eastern’s softball team after a 6-1 loss to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers. This was the first game for Eastern in the Kennesaw State University Classic.

The teams were even for the first four innings with neither team scoring. In her collegiate debut, freshman Hayley Flynn pitched the first three innings, and she didn’t give up a hit.

It was the top of the fifth inning when Eastern found trouble. Sophomore Shaylon Robb took Flynn’s place on the mound and gave up a grand slam to the Blazers.

Eastern’s only run of the game was in the bottom of the fifth inning when junior Christina Ciolek was scored on an error. The score went to 1-4 and never got better for the Colonels.

The Blazers sealed the win in the seventh inning when a two-run single bumped the score up to 6-1. The Colonels couldn’t recover in the bottom of the half with the Blazers getting three straight outs.

Senior Raquel Howes said early season inexperience was a factor in the loss.

“It was the first game, and I don’t like to use that as an excuse,” Howes said. “We tried to mesh all together and figure out how we play together. We were ready to get a win after that.”

The setting for the game was rough for the Colonels with the temperature staying in the upper 30s.

The Colonels continued to play that day facing the Liberty University Flames.