The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team had a tough night on Thursday as they faced off against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the opening matchup of a three-game series at Earle Combs Stadium.
The Gamecocks came into Richmond sitting atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings, and they did not disappoint. JSU ended up notching eight home runs, tying the school’s record for most home runs hit in a single game. With a packed house on hand to watch the Colonels, JSU was able to silence them rather quickly. Jacksonville State defeated EKU by a final score of 18-3.
The scoring started as early as the first inning when JSU’s Nic Gaddis hit a two-run homer to left center field. The Gamecocks would never relinquish that lead. They chased EKU’s starting pitcher, Logan Teague, out of the game after only three innings. Giving up nine runs on seven hits with a total of 82 pitches, Teague has now dropped to a 2-3 record on the year.
Proving their dominance in the game, Jacksonville State was able to stretch their lead to 16 runs before Eastern could get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Those Colonel runs were thanks to a Nick Howie two run home run.
EKU reliever Jacob Abbott was able to slow down the Gamecock offense once he entered the game. Abbott only allowed one run on one hit in three innings of work. Will Johnson also contributed for the Colonels, driving in teammate Logan Thomason home in the seventh inning. JSU starter Garrett Farmer improved his record to an impressive 7-0 on the season after striking out six batters in six innings of work on Thursday. Jacksonville State’s Alex Webb had a big day, going four for five at the plate with two home runs.
Eastern Kentucky looks to avenge Thursday’s loss in their next two games against Jacksonville State on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.