The Colonels went 1-2 against SIUE over the weekend, pushing the team down to eighth in the OVC with a 5-7 record.
Game one of the series saw SIUE jump out to a monstrous 6-0 lead, and the Colonels could not recover. The only offense Eastern could muster was two runs in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to a four run lead, only for the Cougars to pile on more runs and the lone home-run of the game. SIUE would win by a score of 11-2.
Game two of the series seemed to be going Eastern’s way early on as the Colonels put up two quick runs in the first, thanks to a Ben Fisher two run shot to left field, making that his 16th homer of the season.
SIUE was not having any of that as the Cougars railed off eleven straight runs, completely deflating EKU’s hopes to potentially win the series. SIUE would hit three home-runs in the eleven run rally, eventually leading to another 11-2 loss for the Colonels.
The third and final game of the series was certainly a game to watch if you enjoy lots of offense and no defense. SIUE started off the bottom of the first with a solo shot home-run, on rout to putting up four straight runs and a 4-0 lead. Ben Fisher would hit his NCAA leading 17th home-run in the third inning to cut the lead to 4-2, in which the Cougars answered by increasing their lead to 7-2 in the third.
The top of the fourth inning was a momentum swing for the Colonels as they cut the lead to 7-5 thanks to RBI’s from Overton, Holderbach, and Howie.
The rally was capped off by a grand slam from left fielder Shea Sullivan and a two-run shot from second baseman Alex Holderbach. The Colonels were not done there, as they rallied off six more runs, including a solo home-run for DH Taylor Blair. Eastern would end up putting 17 runs on the board en route to a 17-9 victory, and avoiding the sweep from SIUE.
Pitcher Caleb Johnson got his first win of the season for the Colonels. This brings Eastern’s overall record to 19-14 with a three game series against Austin Peay coming up in Richmond on April 13-15 to open the brand new Earle Combs Stadium.