By TYLER BROWN
Eastern’s baseball team dropped two games of a three-game series April 10 through 12 with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Southern Illinois outscored the Colonels 14-6 in the two series losses.
Eastern 3 vs. Southern Illinois 4
The Southern Illinois Cougars (12-16) scored a late run in the bottom of the ninth which proved to be the final margin over the Colonels, who went on to lose 3-4 in the series opener.
Junior Kyle Nowlin hit his 10th home run of the season to move the Colonels ahead 1-0 in the first inning, with both teams trading runs throughout the game. The Cougars had a 2-1 lead until an RBI double by junior Doug Teegarden in the fourth inning tied it at 2-2. Eastern regained the lead in the sixth on sophomore Ben Fisher’s solo home run. Southern Illinois tied the game three-all in the sixth, however, off an RBI single by freshman Dustin Woodcock.
The game was set to move to extra innings, but in the bottom of the ninth, Southern Illinois’ Nick Lombardo scored the winning run from third base after a pitching error by the Colonels.
Eastern senior Logan Hershenow had a strong performance, pitching a season-high eight innings and allowing only three runs. He also struck out three Southern Illinois players and walked one.
Eastern 6 vs. Southern Illinois 5
A Teegarden home run and a walk by senior Taylor Blair with the bases loaded in the seventh inning helped the Colonels earn a 6-5 win over Southern Illinois.
Down 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Teegarden tied the game with his second home run of the season. Later in the inning, Blair’s walk with the bases loaded put them in the lead 5-4. Blair also added an RBI single in the ninth inning to put the Colonels ahead by two.
Senior Chase Green earned a run back for the Cougars with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but Teegarden wrapped up the win for the Colonels on a ground ball by sophomore Keaton Wright.
Eastern 3 vs. Southern Illinois 10
The Colonels fell to the Cougars 10-3 in the final game of the series, dropping the overall series 2-1.
Teegarden helped put Eastern on the board in the second inning with a bases loaded walk that scored junior Luke Wurzelbacher, tying the game one-all. Then, trailing 3-1 in the fourth, an RBI single by Teegarden scored sophomore Blake Sides, bringing the Colonels within one.
Southern Illinois put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs to extend its lead to 8-2. Two more runs in the seventh pushed the lead to 10-3.
Nowlin tallied his third home run of the series in the seventh inning. It was also his 12th overall this season. Nowlin finished the game 1-for-2 with three walks. Teegarden finished 2-for-4 and had two RBIs.
Eastern (11-20) will host Morehead State University at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Turkey Hughes Field.