By TYLER BROWN
Eastern’s baseball team lost both games of its double header matchup with Belmont University. The Colonels have now lost four consecutive games, while the Bruins (8-8) move to 2-0 in OVC play. Both teams were scheduled to play their first game Saturday, March 14, but it was canceled due to inclement weather.
The first game of the weekend saw the Colonels fall by seven, losing to the Bruins 11-4.
Eastern held a 2-0 lead going into the fifth inning, and scored another in the fifth, but Belmont answered with eight runs over the next two to take an 8-3 lead. Bruins infielder Drake Byrd started the attack with a single up the middle, and then scored three batters later on a double by catcher/infielder Alec Diamond. The Bruins scored on four of five hits in the fifth, and were a perfect 4-for-4 in the sixth.
Infielder Mandy Alvarez helped Eastern get on the board in the first inning, hitting a double which allowed Shea Sullivan to score. Infielder Kenny Hostrander singled to left center in the second, bringing in Ben Fisher for their second run, but the Colonels managed only two more runs over seven innings.
Belmont scored five runs in the third inning and never looked back, going on to beat the Colonels 8-3 in the second half of the doubleheader.
Infielder Matt Beady started the scoring for the Bruins in the third with a two-run home run, and infielder Tyler Walsh followed with a RBI double resulting in another score.
Outfielder Kyle Nowlin got three runs for the Colonels in the fourth inning. His home run over center field brought him, along with outfielder TJ Alas and Mandy Alvarez, across the plate. Eastern was able to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Redbirds scored two in the fifth and one more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Eastern (5-11, 0-2 OVC) will travel to face Missouri Valley foe Illinois State University on Friday, March 20, for a three-game series with the Redbirds. The first game will begin at 4 p.m.