By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s softball team had a series of OVC play against Belmont University April 12 and 13 at Gertrude Hood Field. The Colonels snatched game one and two, but fell to the Belmont Bruins in game three.
Eastern gained an early lead against Belmont (12-25, 6-10 OVC) to snatch a 4-3 victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
All four of the Colonels’ runs came in the first inning.
Sophomore Kayla Joyce and freshman Krislyn Campos blasted back-to-back hits to get the game started. Senior Christina Ciolek and sophomore Sarah Fobbs followed with RBI hits of their own to give Eastern the large-margined lead.
Belmont attempted a comeback but was unable to catch up despite a run in the second, fourth and sixth innings for a total of only three runs.
Sophomore Hayley Flynn pitched for the Colonels and gave up one run and two hits. Freshman Alex Sallberg stepped in during the fifth inning, but got in a bind in the sixth, where senior Leanna Pittsenbarger came in as relief.
The Bruins had bases loaded when Pittsenbarger stepped in, but she stopped the team from tying up the game and kept the Colonels in the lead.
Eastern passed by the Bruins again in game two of the day with a 4-1 win.
Eastern president Michael Benson threw the honorary first pitch of the second game.
Lights were added to Eastern’s home field in the last few weeks, allowing the Colonels to play in its first night game.
The game marked Pittsenbarger’s 16th complete game on the mound. She struck out nine batters and allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning.
The Colonels pushed the first run across the plate after an RBI double from Joyce in the third inning.
Joyce went 3-for-3 in game two with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Ciolek came up with a two-run single to move the lead 3-1. Fobbs stepped up with a lead-off double in the fourth inning and gave Eastern a comfortable lead for the win.
Belmont had the upper hand during Sunday’s game and defeated the Colonels 3-1.
Eastern picked up the first score after a standout performance from Fobbs. She singled, stole second base then passed third to score on a wild pitch and throwing error by the Bruins’ catcher.
Belmont responded to the Colonels’’ lone run with a two-out RBI in the third inning and then two more runs in the fourth inning. Belmont’s two runs in the fourth inning came from a dropped line drive and dropped pop up to the pitcher on Eastern’s side.
Sallberg took the loss and gave up three runs.
The Colonels were scheduled to play April 15 against the No. 4 University of Tennessee in Knoxville, but the game was cancelled because of poor weather conditions.
Eastern (22-15, 10-5 OVC) will return to play at 1 p.m. April 18 and 19 against Murray State University and Austin Peay State University at Gertrude Hood Field.