In a game that was filled with early offensive firepower, the Dayton Flyers went on to beat the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team on Wednesday, March 24 by a final score that was more reminiscent of a football game and required 14 different pitchers. The Flyers won, 20-13.
To represent just how much offense was produced by home-runs, the first 14 runs of the game were scored by homers. After two innings, Dayton was up 11-8 over the Colonels. The Flyers would go on to hit six home-runs on Wednesday while EKU would hit three.
Production would slow down in the middle innings for both teams with EKU only trailing by two going into the seventh inning, down 13-11. That was when Dayton hung another crooked number going for seven runs in that half inning with four of those runs coming before an out was made. Elongated with an error and wild pitch, Eddie Pursinger would hit a two run homerun. The inning would finish with Dayton leading, 20-11.
EKU would try to make one final push in the ninth inning and successfully scored two runs thanks to a pair of passed balls and errors. Ultimately, it would not be enough as they would fall 20-13 in a game that would take just over three and a half hours.
The Colonels fall to 8-12 on the season. EKU will play a weekend series at Southern Illinois–Edwardsville starting Friday. The Flyers improve to 5-14, snapping a three game losing skid. Dayton’s Jared Howell picks up his first pitching win of the season, while EKU’s Nick Laster is handed his first loss of the season.
EKU will play a single game on Friday at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. All three games at SIUE are scheduled to air live on ESPN+.