The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team won both games in a doubleheader against Austin Peay, winning the conference series 2-1.
Austin Peay came into the series ranked number one in the Ohio Valley Conference with a record of 8-4, and won the game on Friday 8-2. EKU didn’t let that get them down and came back to win both games on Saturday 9-3 and 11-3.
Eastern started the first game strong in the second inning, answering a run from Austin Peay in the first with four of their own. Will Johnson started the scoring for EKU with a two-run single up the middle. He also scored off of an error to end the inning with EKU in the lead 4-1.
Austin Peay scored another run in the top of the fourth inning, which was answered again by the Colonels with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Will Johnson started off the fifth inning with a home run to add to EKU’s growing lead. This was followed by a two-run double by A.J. Lewis and a sacrifice fly by Logan Thomason to give EKU a 8-2 lead. Each team scored another run to bring the final score to 9-3.
Kaven Brown brought his winning record to 7-1 for the year, pitching for eight innings with nine strikeouts and only allowing three runs. Will Johnson ended the game 2-4, hitting a home run and three RBIs.
Both teams got off to a good start in the beginning of the second game with Austin Peay scoring two runs to start off the game. EKU would quickly answer this with three runs, the last two of the inning coming from a two-run single by Charles Ludwick.
In the fourth inning, with the game tied 3-3, Charles Ludwick scored a one-run single to give EKU a lead they would retain for the rest of the game. Later in the inning, Will Johnson scored another home run to bring the lead to 5-3
The Colonels would score five more runs to strengthen their lead and win the game 11-3.
Aaron Ochsenbein picked up the win, finishing the game after pitching for a little over four innings, allowing no hits and throwing six strikeouts. Charles Ludwick was 3-for-5 with three RBI’s.
This was the third straight conference series EKU has won and brings their overall record to 19-14 and 7-5 in the OVC.
EKU will travel to Highland Heights to take on Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.