By TYLER BROWN
progress@eku.edu

Eastern’s baseball team won its three-game series with Austin Peay State University April 17 and 18 at Turkey Hughes Field. The Colonels took both games of the doubleheader against the Governors after losing game one of the series.

Junior Kyle Nowlin (No. 9) finished 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBIs in game two of a three-game series against Austin Peay State University on April 17 and 18.  CHRIS BUNDY/PROGRESS

Junior Kyle Nowlin (No. 9) finished 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBIs in game two of a three-game series against Austin Peay State University on April 17 and 18. CHRIS BUNDY/PROGRESS

Game One: Eastern 3 vs.
Austin Peay 17

A strong offensive attack by Austin Peay ( 21-16)  and poor pitching by Eastern resulted in a 17-3 loss in game one on Friday.

The Governors scored three runs off four hits in the top of the first inning, thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from sophomore Logan Gray and junior Josh Wilson. Eastern put one run back on the board in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double from sophomore Ben Fisher that brought in junior Mandy Alvarez.

Austin Peay scored nine unanswered runs to put them in the lead for good. Four of those runs came in the third inning, starting when sophomore Dre Gleason doubled to bring home Wilson and sophomore Alex Robles. Gleason then scored, along with junior Patrick Massoni, on a single by sophomore Ridge Smith.

The Colonels made two final runs in the fifth inning off unearned runs, one by sophomore Taylor Blair and the other by fellow sophomore Blake Sides.

Game Two: Eastern 8 vs.
Austin Peay 5

Five runs in the sixth inning led Eastern to a win in game one of the doubleheader against the Governors, 8-5. Junior Doug Teegarden scored the first run of the game with a home run in the third inning.

With the game tied 2-2, Blair singled and allowed sophomore Shea Sullivan to score. Junior Kenny Hostrander’s single in the sixth scored Blair and junior Luke Wurzelbacher. Three batters later, junior Kyle Nowlin’s single scored Hostrander and sophomore Logan Starnes, pushing Eastern’s lead to 7-2. Nowlin finished 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBIs. 

A two-run home run from Patrick Massoni a triple by junior Wesley Purcell cut the Governors’ deficit to 7-5, but a score by Hostrander would seal the game for the Colonels. Hostrander went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in two.

Game Three: Eastern 9 vs.
Austin Peay 8

Despite falling behind by as many as six runs, the Colonels earned a 9-8 comeback victory over Austin Peay in the final game, winning the series 2-1.

The Governors scored three runs in the first and added three more in the second, which put them ahead 6-0. Eastern responded with five unanswered runs, three in the third inning and two in the fourth. Fisher scored off a ground ball by Sullivan in the second, and Wurzelbacher scored on an Austin Peay throwing error later in the inning. Blair and Teegarden added two more, and Alvarez rounded out the scoring run for the Colonels in the third, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

Austin Peay extended its lead again on a home run by Patrick Massoni in the fourth, and he again helped add to the score with a double that brought in Josh Wilson in the sixth, pushing the lead to 8-6. The Colonels once again responded with three unanswered scores to help seal the comeback. Blair and Wurzelbacher both scored unearned runs on a Governors error, and another unearned run by Sides gave Eastern its only lead of the game, 9-8.

The Colonels (14-22) lost at Ohio University 6-0 Tuesday night but will be back in action at 4 p.m., Friday, April 24 against Eastern Illinois at Charleston, Ill.