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EKU Rally Falls Short at Lipscomb in Game 2

EKU Rally Falls Short at Lipscomb in Game 2

Posted on 20 February 2016 by Bret Shroats

NASHVILLE, Tn – Lipscomb Bison edge Eastern Kentucky Colonels in a defensive battle 4-2.

Shea Sullivan would put the Colonels (1-1) up first 1-0 in the second.

Lipscomb (1-1) used an EKU error and small ball to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Lipscomb added a run in the sixth and seventh making it 4-1.

EKU would begin their rally in the 8th with a Matt Olive single cutting the Lipscomb lead to 4-2. The Colonels would stand runners at first and second with Kyle Nowlin on deck.

Unfortunately, that’s where the rally ended for EKU.

The rubber match will be Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

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EKU Baseball Begins the Edwin Thompson Era off with a W

EKU Baseball Begins the Edwin Thompson Era off with a W

Posted on 20 February 2016 by Bret Shroats

NASHVILLE, Tn – On July 2, 2015  Edwin Thompson was named the head coach of the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team. On February 19, 2016 he picked up his first win as a head coach beating Lipscomb University 13-7 in front of 676 people.

The win didn’t come easy though. Eastern Kentucky (1-0) travelled to Lipscomb University (0-1) for a 3 game weekend series. Last season Lipscomb was the Atlantic Sun champions going 39-20.

Eastern Kentucky jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with 2 outs thanks to a Ben Fisher RBI single and a Shea Sullivan 2 run blast. Kyle Nowlin added a run on a ground out play.

The Bison of Lipscomb would battle back for the first time. The Bison tied the game with three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Shea Sullivan would give the Colonels the lead back in the 7th inning but after stretching out the Bison tied it up again.

That’s when the fireworks started in Nashville. Kyle Nowlin put the Colonels in front 6-5 in the eighth with a sacrifice fly.  Two batters later, and with two outs, Mandy Alvarez drove in two runs with a single to left center. 

Lipscomb rallied again to bring it to within one in the bottom of the eighth.

Eastern pulled away in the ninth with a Kyle Nowlin grand slam, his first of the year. He led the nation in home runs last season. The grand slam would seal the win for EKU.

On the mound to start for Lipscomb was a transfer from LSU. Eric Nerl started for EKU going 4 innings with 1 strike out and 3 earned runs.

Caleb Johnson would get the win for EKU going 1.2 innings striking out 4 batters and giving up 1 earned run.

Brian Mroz would get the save.

Eastern and Lipscomb play game 2 tomorrow at 3:00.

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EKU finishes the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash with a Win

EKU finishes the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash with a Win

Posted on 14 February 2016 by Bret Shroats

WILMINGTON, N.C. – With a 6-4 win over Saint Francis on Sunday in its final game of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash, the EKU softball team moved to 3-1 for their best start since 2013.
 
For the first time in the 2016 season EKU gave up a run before scoring themselves. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, an RBI single from EKU’s Krislyn Camposscored Paige Murphy to even the score after St. Francis notched a run in the bottom of the first.
 
The Red Flash (3-2) regained the lead in the bottom of the second, however, plating two runs to extend their lead to 3-1.
 
With two away in the top of the third, Sarah Fobbs drilled a single through the left side to put one on for the Colonels. Fobbs swiped second for her second stolen base of the season, before Sarah Jackson sent a ball to short on a 1-2 count. The ball was mishandled by St. Francis, as Fobbs scored from second to pull the Colonels within one at 3-2.
 
EKU added two more runs in the top of the fourth after three SFU errors. With runners on the corners, Campos punched one to third base that was fumbled and helped Murphy score from third. Kayla Joyce then battled back from an 0-2 count for an RBI single to center field which scored Rachel Minogue from second base, as the Colonels took their first lead of the game at 4-3.
 
St. Francis answered with a run in the home half of the fourth, but EKU responded yet again.
 
Back-to-back lead-off singles from Fobbs and Jackson put two on for the Colonels with no outs in the top of the fifth. Jackson and Fobbs both advanced on a double steal, which put two in scoring position as Murphy stepped to the plate.
 
Murphy reached on a fielder’s choice and drove in Fobbs to give the Colonels the go-ahead run. However, EKU added an insurance run in the sixth for good measure.
 
In the sixth, Jackson delivered a ground ball RBI to second base that scored Joyce and gave EKU a 6-4 win over the Red Flash.
 
Joyce led the EKU offense, going 3-for-4 on the day with one RBI, as Clark and Fobbs both finished 2-for-4.
 
Hayley Flynn (3-1) struck out four, allowing a single run in four innings of work to pick up her third win of the season.
 
Alex Sallberg notched her second save of the young season and did not allow a hit in two innings on the mound.
 
The Colonels return to action on Friday at the Total Control Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago. EKU will take on Loyola at 12:30 p.m. in the first of four weekend games. 

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Sallberg leads Colonels past St. Francis with 10 Strike Outs

Sallberg leads Colonels past St. Francis with 10 Strike Outs

Posted on 13 February 2016 by Bret Shroats

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A career day from junior pitcher Alex Sallberg helped EKU  to its second straight win with a 4-3 win over Saint Francis University (Pa.) Saturday at Boseman Field.

Sallberg was nearly unhittable in Saturday’s outing, nothing a career-high 10 strikeouts and scattering only four hits in five and one-third innings on the mound. Sallberg got the start and tossed three and one-third innings. Sallberg came back into the game in the sixth to earn the save.

Once again the Colonels struck first. Sarah Fobbs slammed a double and Sarah Jackson drew a walk. With two runners on Amber Murray lays down a sacrifice bunt to score to score Fobbs.

Saint Francis got on the board in the fourth after a EKU error and an RBI single from Kindra Witthus to take a 2-1 lead.

Amber Murray sent a solo shot over the fence in left field to tie the game at two in the fourth inning. Later in the fourth, Paige Murphy scored on sacrifice fly from Krislyn Campos that put EKU up, 3-2.

However, St. Francis would hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game again.

Brittany Oldaker scored the game winning run off a Paige Murphy single giving the Colonels a 4-3 win.

The Colonels (2-1) continue play at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash on Sunday in a rematch against St. Francis at 10 a.m.

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EKU Softball Splits Day 1 of Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash

EKU Softball Splits Day 1 of Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash

Posted on 13 February 2016 by Bret Shroats

Wilmington, NC The EKU Softball team traveled to the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash for the opening weekend of the season.

The Colonels started the safety off on a good note jumping out to a 2-0 lead on the hosts UNC-W Seahawks. The Colonels had back-to-back singles from Paige Murphy and Hannah Clark in the top of the first. Then an error thrown from UNC-W allowed Jackson and Murphy to cross the plate to give the Colonels a 2-0 lead.

The Seahawks would battle back with 3 runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 3-2 lead. The Seahawks would also add 2 more runs in the second to take a 5-2 lead.

The Colonels would stage a rally in the fourth inning cutting the lead back to two in the fourth, as Joyce drove in Rachel Minoguewho singled to second base to lead off the inning for the Colonels.

In the seventh inning the Colonels would continue the rally when With two away, Clark belted her first collegiate homer to pull the Colonels within one, 5-4. Johnkyria Alston followed with a single through the left side of the Seahawk defense, but the Colonels’ comeback fell short.

After the loss the Colonels would turn around and face Army. Once again EKU would strike first with a double to the gap in center from sophomore Sarah Jacksonscored Paige Murphy, putting the Colonels up, 1-0.

However, Army battled back and took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. That’s when heroics from senior Kayla Joyce saved the day. Joyce powered a game-winning three-run blast to left field to give EKU a 4-3 win.

EKU faces St. Francis today at 1:30 to finish the Fairfield Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Bash.

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