BY: TYLER PHILLIPS
Eastern’s baseball team traveled to Carbondale, Ill. March 28 for an out-of-conference series against the Southern Illinois Salukis. The outcome didn’t seem to be worth the drive, however.
In game one of the series, the Colonels started out hot scoring two runs in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by freshman Doug Teegarden. The hit scored freshman Kenny Hostrander and sophomore Demetrius Moorer. The Colonels were scoreless the rest of the game, and the Salukis scored three runs in the fifth and eighth innings to take the game. Junior Brent Cobb pitched 7.1 innings for the Colonels, but he took the loss dropping him to 2-5 on the season.
Sophomore Ben Gullo pitched one of the best games a Colonel has pitched all season in game two of the series. Gullo pitched nine innings allowing just four hits and two earned runs. Despite his effort, the Colonels couldn’t capitalize on Gullo’s outing and fell to Southern Illinois 4-3. The Salukis tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to make it 2-2, but Eastern scored one in the top of the tenth on a single from Moorer. Southern Illinois stepped up in the bottom half of the inning and scored two to take the win from the Colonels.
Senior Shane Grimm pitched another great game for the Colonels, but Eastern’s bats and gloves couldn’t keep up in the series finale. Striking out five batters and allowing just three earned runs in 7.2 innings, Grimm did his part to help the Colonels win. Four errors stopped Eastern from winning, though. Junior Sean Hagen was three for four for the Colonels, and Moorer had the team’s lone RBI.