By TYLER BROWN
Eastern’s baseball team lost its three-game series against Jacksonville State University May 1 through May 3 at Turkey Hughes Field. The Colonels dropped all three games in the series, losing each game to the Gamecocks (26-21) by at least two runs.
Game One: Eastern 5 vs. Jacksonville 7
Junior Kyle Nowlin gave Eastern the lead in the first inning, but it would not be enough as the Gamecocks came back to win the first game 7-5.
The Colonels were ahead by three runs in the third inning, two of which were credited to Nowlin. The other was on an RBI single by sophomore Shea Sullivan that scored junior TJ Alas. Jacksonville tied the game at 3-all in the fourth on scores by Gavin Golsan, Clayton Daniel and Paschal Petrongolo. The Gamecocks then took the lead in the fifth on a double by Daniel, bringing home Peyton Williams, making the score 4-3.
Eastern and Jacksonville traded runs the rest of the way, but the Colonels got no closer than two after the fifth.
Game Two: Eastern 2 vs. Jacksonville 5
The second game again saw the Colonels take an early lead in the first inning, but again the Gamecocks came from behind to win 5-2.
Nowlin scored the first run for Eastern on a fly ball by Alas, giving them a 1-0 lead in the first. Jacksonville tied the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Elliot McCummings, bringing home Ryan Sebra.
The game stayed tied until the seventh inning when Paschal Petrongolo singled to center field and scored two runners, Clayton Daniel and Hayden White, giving the Gamecocks a 3-1 lead. Eastern drew within one when junior Luke Wurzelbacher scored on a fly ball by Nowlin. Two runs in the ninth inning by Jacksonville, however, put the game out of Eastern’s reach.
Game Three: Eastern 13 vs. Jacksonville 16
The final game of the series was a much higher scoring game than the previous two, but the end result was the same for the Colonels, a three-run loss to the Gamecocks, 16-13.
Nowlin scored Eastern’s third consecutive opening score on a solo home run in the first. Wurzelbacher hit a home run of his own in the second, giving the Colonels a 2-1 lead. Jacksonville scored four consecutive runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead, but Nowlin again hit a home run, this time a two-run shot to draw the Colonels within one.
A five-run fourth inning gave Eastern a 9-5 lead, but the Gamecocks answered with an eight-run fifth inning to take the lead 13-9. Eastern attempted another comeback in the eighth, scoring four more runs, but the runs stopped at 13, three runs short of the tie.
The Colonels (17-27) hit the road May 8 for a three-game series against Murray State University. Game one is set for 7 p.m.