The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team defeated Tennessee Tech 8-2 and earned their second win in the three-game series.
Junior lefty Brennan Kelly was a key component of the Colonels’ success. The Wabash, Indiana native pitched eight straight innings in which the Golden Eagles had only four hits with no runs scored. Will Brian, a redshirt freshman, came in during the ninth inning after Kelly gave up his first two runs of the game.
Pitching was not the only highlight of the game. The Colonels put themselves on the board right off the bat thanks to leadoff batter Will Johnson getting on base with a walk, a single from Ryland Kerr and a follow-up base hit from A.J. Lewis that drove Kerr in.
The Colonels continued to chip away, making the score 5-0 by the fifth inning. Shortstop Daniel Harris IV made the score 8-0 in the seventh with a three-run home run, adding to his total home run count to five for the season.
Tennessee Tech totaled six hits on the day with center fielder Kevin Strohschein earning two of those hits and going 2-for-4 on the day. Tyler Sylvester pitched for five innings for the Golden Eagles, later being relieved in the sixth by junior Caleb Morgan, who closed the game.
Gavin Johns drove in TTU’s two runs with his single in the top of the ninth inning.
EKU’s Kerr and Lewis led the game in both hits and runs, with two singles apiece and each scoring two runs.
After this series, Eastern Kentucky now sits in sixth place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a record of 12-12. Next weekend, the Colonels will take a road trip to Cape Girardeau, Missouri for their three-game series against Southeast Missouri.