BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
The Colonels evened out its record to 3-3 after a win against host Winthrop in the Coca-Cola Classic in South Carolina on Feb. 24.
Junior Brent Cobb earned the win (1-1) after coming in and pitching four and one-third innings. Cobb allowed just one earned run on five hits.
Winthrop out batted the Colonels 13-9, but the Colonel offense came up big in some triumphant moments to make sure the Colonels didn’t lose.
Senior Alex Hughes drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly, which was one of two RBIs for him on the day.
“I came out swinging the bat, and jumped on what I needed to,” Hughes said. “Offensively, we were moving runners over and playing just playing great baseball.”
The Colonels have been playing better defense by having just one error against Winthrop.
“Coach Stein told us not to worry about [the errors in previous games],” freshman Chris Cervantes said. ”The fielding will come around.”
Since the slow start to the season, the Colonels have been hitting and catching better, evident by the successful weekend the Colonels had in their second trip to South Carolina in two weeks. This time around, the Colonels didn’t lose a game.
“We got off to a rough start,” Cervantes said. “But we bounced back. Our pitching has gotten a whole lot better. We have gotten ahead of the batters and our offensive has been playing great.”
The Colonels are coming up on another long week with four games, including one against the University of Kentucky. Eastern will play its first home series of the season against Indiana State this coming weekend against Indiana State.
“It will be a great feeling to finally play at home,” Hughes said. “Hopefully the weather turns out well. They will be throwing their number one pitcher who is a draft prospect, so it will be a great series.”
Indiana State is 3-4 on the season and is coming off two straight losses. The game time will be 2 p.m. for Friday and both weekend games start at 1 p.m.