Over Eastern’s spring break week, the baseball Colonels played six road games, consisting of one game at No. 13 ranked Mississippi State, one game at Alabama A&M, three games at Belmont and one game at Marshall, finishing with a 3-3 record.
EKU now has a 10-11 overall record, and a 1-5 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) record on the season.
In the Colonels’ first game during the break, EKU traveled to Starkville, Miss., on Tuesday, March 15, to face one of the nation’s top teams in the No. 13 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-6-1, 2-1 SEC).
After nine innings, the Colonels and Mississippi St. were knotted up at 12-12. EKU scored four runs in the tenth to upset the Bulldogs in extra innings.
The Colonels finished the game with 17 hits to Mississippi St.’s 15 hits.
Senior third baseman Mandy Alvarez and senior left-fielder Kyle Nowlin both had one home run apiece in the victory.
In five at bats, Nowlin had two hits, two runs, one base-on-balls (BB) and three RBI’s. Alvarez had three hits, three runs and two RBI’s in six plate appearances.
Junior right-hander Caleb Johnson earned the win for EKU, improving his record to 2-1 on the season. Johnson pitched three innings, striking out four batters and only giving up one hit. Johnson didn’t allow a run.
The very next day, on Wednesday, March 16, EKU traveled to Huntsville, Ala. to suit up against the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M (5-16, 3-2 SWAC).
Thanks in large part to an eight-run sixth inning, the Colonels were able to overcome the Bulldogs 11-6.
Alvarez hit a home run and went 3 for 6 at the plate with two runs and three RBI’s.
Junior left-handed pitcher Brandon Smither (1-0) earned the win for EKU.
After the win, the Colonels headed to Nashville for a three-game series against conference foe Belmont (11-8, 2-1 OVC) that started on Friday, March 18, and lasted through the weekend.
EKU won the first game 2-1 behind a solid pitching performance from junior right-hander Eric Nerl (3-0), who notched the win. Nerl struck out five batters and only walked one. The redshirt-junior gave up six hits, only allowing one run during the victory.
The Colonels lost its final two games against the Bruins, both by scores of 6-5.
During the game on Sunday, March 20, Belmont’s designated hitter Alex Ward hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Looking to rebound, EKU finished its road trip with a game against Marshall (11-8, 1-2 CUSA) on Tuesday, March 22.
Senior short stop Doug Teegarden and Nowlin both homered during the Colonels’ 5-4 loss. Both teams had nine hits.
Nowlin went 3-5, scoring two runs and notching three hits. The senior left-fielder had one RBI.
EKU returns to action at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 24, for a three-game home stand against the University of Evansville. The Colonels game on Friday, March 25, starts at 4 p.m. and the game Saturday, March 26, will begin at 1 p.m.