After losing three of its first four games, the Eastern baseball team put together a couple of strong outings during its four-game road trip in Wilmington, N.C. this past weekend.
The Colonels, struggling to put runs on the board so far this season, came out swinging in its first game against Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
The Colonels finished the game with 12 runs on 15 hits in the 12-2 win over VCU. Junior center fielder Shea Sullivan led the team with five hits. Sullivan also tallied an RBI.
Senior infielder Mandy Alvarez also performed well offensively, going 4 for 5 with a base on balls (BB), a homerun and five RBIs. Senior infielder Doug Teegarden tallied two hits on three at-bats with two walks. Junior infielder Ben Fisher went 1 for 6 at the plate and helped the Colonels cushion its lead with two RBI’s.
Senior left-fielder Kyle Nowlin went 1 for 6 with an RBI.
Junior Eric Nerl earned the start at pitcher for the Colonels. The right-hander allowed only one earned run on five hits through six innings.
Following the outstanding offensive performance by the Colonels, EKU dropped its next game against the University of North Carolina Wilmington 10-7.
The Colonels jumped ahead early, scoring a run in the second, third and fourth innings before losing its lead and falling behind 5-3 during the fifth inning. The Colonels were able to decrease the deficit in the seventh inning, but couldn’t get over the hump and lost. The Colonels scored seven runs on 10 hits.
Despite its loss against U.N.C. Wilmington, the Colonels were able to regroup and win its next two games against South Dakota State University. During the two-game series, the Colonels outscored the Jack Rabbits 16-5 and combined for 21 hits.
The Colonels look to kick off its first home game of the season against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at 4 p.m., Friday, March 4.