BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
Sunday, Feb. 17, was a tough but successful day in the KSU Classic for Eastern’s softball team. The Colonels faced the Ball State University Cardinals in their first game of the day with Eastern winning 8-6.
The match started with a 1-1 tie in the first inning. Senior Raquel Howes scored on an error, and the Cardinals (3-1) scored on an RBI-single. Ball State pushed ahead a little in the bottom of the third inning with a home run putting the Colonels down by one.
Eastern came back in the top of the fourth inning with a groundout by freshman Kayla Joyce scoring a runner. Howes hit a RBI single and was later scored off a fielding error. This brought the score to 4-2.
Ball State responded in the bottom of the fourth inning. A two-run double caught the Cardinals up, and a two-run home run right after the double pushed them in front of Eastern.
The Colonels rallied for the tie in the sixth inning and the win in the seventh inning. Howes, who is the current home run record holder for Eastern, started the run with her first home run this season, which brought the score up to 6-5. A single from sophomore Katie Tackett drove in the tying run later that inning.
Tied going into the seventh inning, Eastern took the lead after a two-RBI single from Joyce. The Cardinals couldn’t pick up any runs in the bottom of the seventh, and the win went to the Colonels.
Freshman Hayley Flynn pitched the first two innings for Eastern. She allowed two runs on five hits. Sophomore Leanna Pittsenbarger pitched the remaining five innings allowing four runs on four hits. Pittsenbarger earned the win.
Eastern continued play later that day with a game against Mercer University.