The EKU baseball team defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore twice on Friday in a doubleheader at Earl Combs Stadium with scores of 5-1 and 16-1.
In game one, the Colonels started off scoring with a double by Nick Howie in the third inning to bring Ryland Kerr in to home. Will Johnson would score the next run in the fifth inning off a wild pitch by Maryland Eastern Shore. UMES would score in the eighth inning only to be answered with three runs by EKU. Lyndon Weaver, Michael Brewer and Will Johnson scored for the Colonels in the bottom of the inning to bring the final score to 5-1.
EKU pitcher senior Logan Teague would have seven strikeouts and only allow one hit over the course of seven innings.
After a short break the two teams were at it again. EKU scored the first runs of the second game in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Chris Botsoe and a RBI double by Logan Thomason in the fourth inning to bring the score to 2-0. EKU would then score seven more unanswered runs in the fifth inning.
Maryland Eastern Shore would score one run in the seventh inning but could do nothing to stop EKU as the Colonels would go on to score seven more runs in the eighth inning to end the game with a final score of 16-1.
Another solid game by EKU on the mound would see senior Kaven Brown set a new career high in strikeouts, with nine on the day and only a walk and one run in five innings.
Both EKU games had solid offensive showings, but the game was ultimately won on the mound, with EKU only allowing a combined eight hits in the two games. With this win, EKU moves to 4-2 overall this season.
Due to the projected weather forecast, the teams will continue their four game series on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.