The Eastern Kentucky University softball team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship after defeating No. 1 seed Southeast Missouri State, 5-4 on Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Alabama. EKU won its last championship in 2004 and making today's win its the third in program history.
EKU took a quick lead in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded, Isabella Gonazalez worked a walk to get one run on the board for the Colonels, 1-0.
Southeast Missouri’s Ashely Ellis hit a home-run to tie the game back up in the top of the second, 1-1.
In the bottom of the second, Zoe Mihalicz let one fly to left field for the Colonels to take the lead back, 3-1.
Tori Peterson pitched the first three innings, before handing the ball off to Mollie Paulick in the fourth inning.
The Colonels went down after three home runs were hit in the top of the fourth inning, for SEMO to take the 4-3. Samantha Reynoso took the mound in the top of the fourth to get the Colonels out of the jam.
Carly Robinson stepped up and smoked one to right field for the Colonels to gain back the lead, 5-4.
Reynoso is able to handle the pressure for the rest of the game with some fire behind the ball and help lead the Colonels to an OVC championship.
Reynoso pitched three and two-third innings, not allowing any runs and striking out four.
Peterson tossed three and one-third innings, allowing one run and striking out two.
Mihalicz went 3-for-3 with one home run and two RBIs.
Robinson had 1-for-2 with one home run and two RBIs.
Sammi Miller, Vianna Barron, Robinson, Paulick and Mihalicz were named to the All-OVC Tournament team.
Reynoso was named the tournament MVP.
The Colonels rallied through the OVC tournament to stay undefeated and have secured a spot in the NCAA tournament which will begin next Friday.
EKU Athletics will hold a NCAA softball tournament selection show watch party on Sunday, May 16 at the EKU Center for the Arts. The doors will open at 8:30 p.m. followed by the show at 9 p.m.