The Eastern Kentucky baseball team hosted fellow OVC foe Tennessee-Martin for a three game series over the weekend.
Jack Piekos started off the day on the mound for the Colonels and would end up pitching a beautiful game, giving up one earned run and striking out six batters. Piekos’ day was made easier for him as the Colonels’ offense seemed to be on fire in the first inning, putting up three runs, thanks to a walked RBI from DH Alex Holderbach and a two RBI singles from Right Fielder Nick Howie.
The Colonels’ offense stalled after that inning, not putting up a single run after that, and allowing Tennessee-Martin to climb within one run in the 8th. Late in the game, Colonel pitcher Caleb Johnson would come in and close the deal on UTM’s comeback attempt, striking out two batters and getting his fifth save of the season. The Colonels would take game one by a score of 3-2.
Game two of the series was more offensively friendly for the Colonels as everything seemed to be going their way.
The Colonels started off the bottom half of the first with a Ben Fisher home run, and what a way to start it off. Fisher hit his NCAA leading 14th home run of the season.
The Colonels would add one more runs in the second inning before UT-Martin would tie it up with two runs of their own in the third. In the bottom half of the third, the Colonels would put up four more runs, led by a two RBI single from second baseman Alex Holderbach.
The Colonels had four pitchers in the rotation for the game, with second pitcher Nick Laster picking up the win, his first of the season. Eastern would extend their lead to 11-3, which would hold as the Colonels take the second win in as many games.
Game three saw the Colonels looking for a sweep of their conference foe. The Colonels mustered up no offense until the fourth inning, when Ben Fisher hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot to right center.
Eastern would add two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings while the defense held strong for. Eastern used five pitchers to pitch a collective shutout, with Alex Hamilton getting the win (4-0), and Caleb Johnson would get the save, his sixth save of the season.
The Colonels sweep Tennessee-Martin for their third sweep of the season and improving their record to 17-12 overall.