By TYLER BROWN
Eastern’s baseball team dropped its away series with Eastern Illinois University 2-1 between April 24 and April 26. The Colonels have now lost 15 of 18 away games this season.
Game One: Eastern 5 vs Eastern Illinois 9
Eastern battled back from a two run deficit to take a short lead in the first showdown between the OVC foes, but it would not be enough as Eastern Illinois (8-28) went on to win 9-5.
Down 3-1, junior Kyle Nowlin had an RBI single in the third inning for the Colonels, followed with RBIs by fellow juniors Doug Teegarden and Mandy Alvarez, to put Eastern in the lead 4-3. The Eastern Illinois Panthers quickly responded in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Caleb Howell had a two-run single for Eastern Illinois, which helped the Panthers retake the lead at 6-4.
The Colonels notched one more run in the seventh inning off an RBI single by sophomore Logan Starnes, reducing the deficit to three, but the Panthers scored the final run of the game in the eighth inning to set the final margin.
Game Two: Eastern 12 vs Eastern Illinois 4
The second game of the series resulted in Eastern’s lone victory, a 12-4 win over the Panthers.
Through the first five innings, the Colonels trailed by two runs (4-2), both scores coming from solo home runs by Nowlin. Sophomore Cole Warrenfeltz gave Eastern its first lead in the sixth inning with a two-run double, putting the Colonels ahead 5-4. The lead extended to five runs after back-to-back doubles by sophomore Ben Fisher and junior Luke Wurzelbacher, making the score 9-4.
Alvarez put the game away for the Colonels with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Nowlin finished 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs and two RBIs. Five Colonels finished with at least two RBIs.
Game Three: Eastern 5 vs Eastern Illinois 13
The Panthers took the final game of the series with a 13-5 win over the Colonels.
Alvarez got the Colonels on the board early with a 2-run home run in the first inning, and Eastern led 3-2 going into the bottom of the second. The Panthers retaliated, however, and went on to score four times in that frame. An RBI single by the Panthers’ Caleb Howell on top 4-3 and they never trailed again.
The Colonels were able to get back within one run with an RBI single by sophomore Cole Warrenfeltz, cutting the deficit to 6-5 in the fourth. But, the Panthers pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the inning for the win.
The Colonels (15-24) return to action for a midweek home series April 28 and 29 against Miami (Ohio). Both games are set to start at 6 p.m.