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Eastern Kentucky Finished Sweeping Up the Tigers

Eastern Kentucky Finished Sweeping Up the Tigers

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky started Ohio Valley Conference play in a perfect way beating Tennessee State 10-2.

It would take a few innings for the Colonels (18-6, 3-0 OVC) bats to come alive but when they did they exploded once again.

The scoring started with a double from Rachel Minogue scoring Hannah Clark. Amber Murray would one up Minogue by hitting a triple making it 3-0. Kayla Joyce would hit out a single scoring Murray making it 4-0. Sarah Fobbs would score Joyce too make it 5-0.

Tennessee State (7-20, 0-3 OVC) would rally with two runs of their own in the fourth. That would be all of the scoring for the Tigers.

Sarah Jackson would hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 6-2 EKU.

Eastern would get the bases loaded in the sixth so Rachel Minogue cloud draw a RBI walk.

In the seventh, Paige Murphy would hit a single bringing in 2 runs and Sarah Fobbs would triple bringing Murphy in and giving EKU a 10-2 win.

The EKU pitching rotation shut down any offensive attempt for TSU. EKU allowed just four hits in the win with four strikeouts.

The Colonels outscored the Tigers 32-5 in the three-game series to open OVC play.

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Belmont Ralles Past EKU

Belmont Ralles Past EKU

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Two big homeruns from Daniel McFarland wasn’t enough for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels as the Belmont Bruins win 6-5.

The three run shot in the second inning was McFarland first career homerun.

Kyle Nowlin would add a run in the fourth with a RBI on a fielders choice to make it 4-0.

Belmont (10-8, 1-1 OVC) would start their rally in the fourth with a 3 run shot to cut the EKU (10-9, 1-4 OVC) lead to 4-3.

Belmont would take a 5-4 lead in the fifth.

Daniel McFarland would hit another homerun to tie it up 5-5.

Belmont would drive in the game winning run in the sixth.

EKU and Belmont will play in the rubber match at 2 pm tomorrow.

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Colonels Pick Up First OVC Win at Belmont in a Pitchers Dual

Colonels Pick Up First OVC Win at Belmont in a Pitchers Dual

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky baseball team kept their winning ways going Friday in Nashville beating the Belmont Bruins 2-1.

All of the scoring for both teams would occur in the third and fourth innings. Daniel McFarland stole home to give the Colonels (10-8, 1-3 OVC) a 1-0 lead. A Doug Teagarden Single would score Luke Starnes giving EKU a 2-0 lead.

Belmont (9-8, 0-1) would score a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1.

Pitching would be key in this game for both teams but lead EKU to the victory. Eric Nerl allowed just one run in eight innings of work while striking out 5 Bruins.

Caleb Johnson came in to close it out in the ninth and picked up his second save of the season.

EKU and Belmont will play game 2 Saturday at 2 pm.

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Softball Sweeps Tennessee State on Friday

Softball Sweeps Tennessee State on Friday

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky Colonels exploded into OVC play with a sweep of the Tennessee State Tigers winning 11-3 and 11-0.

The Colonels wasted no time in getting the runs flowing against Tennessee State. Sarah Fobbs scored the first run on a groundout RBI allowing Krislynn Campos to score.

Tennessee State would also score a run in the first to keep it tied.

However, the next two and a half innings would be all EKU. Krisslyn Campos would single to drive in Johnkyria Alston and Rachel Minogue. Campos would come around and score when Kayla Joyce stole 2nd base giving the Colonels a 4-1 lead.

In the third, Alston woulod drive in Fobbs and Sarah Jackson drove in Minogue giving the Colonels a 6-1 lead. Minogue scored Kayla Joyce give EKU a 7-1 lead in the fourh.

Tennessee State would add a run in the home half of the fourth.

Rachel Minogue scored Paige Murphy in the 6th giving the Colonels a 8-2 lead. Sharah Fobbs hit a 3run bomb to give the Colonels the 11-3 win.

In game two, it was all about the Colonels. Paige Murphy started the game off with a single scoring Campos in the first.

A Sarah Jackson single gave the Colonels a 2-0 lead and Kayla Joyce had a RBI foul out giving EKU a 3-0 lead in the second. The third inning would be the only inning that EKU did not score.

Eastern would blow the game open in the fourth. Amber Murray started the scoring with a RBI single. Kayla Joyce would follow suit to give the Colonels a 5-0 lead. A bad throw on a pick-off at second scored Amber Murray. Paige Murphy would clear the bases with a double. Then Sarah Fobbs ended the scoring in the fourth with a RBI single give the Colonels a 8-0 lead.

A TSU error in the 5th would allow another Colonels run. A Campos sacrifice fly made it 10-0. Kayla Joyce made it 11-0 with a triple. The game would be called after 5 innings.

EKU cranked out 30 hits and 20 RBIs, outscoring the home Tigers 22-3 in Friday’s double header.

The Colonels posted a season-high 10 RBIs in both games. Its 16 hits in Friday’s first game marked a season-high for the Colonels and ranks fourth in the program’s record book.

Meanwhile, the Colonel pitching staff limited the Tigers to a combined 10 hits on the day. Senior Hayley Flynn logged her third complete game of the season, scattering six hits and striking out eight to pick up her 10th win of the year.

Junior Alex Sallberg and freshman Peyton Hutchens curbed the Tennessee State offense to a mere four hits, as the Colonels cruised to an 11-run win in game two.

The series finale is Saturday at 1 pm.

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Eastern Kentucky Rallies Past Alabama A&M

Eastern Kentucky Rallies Past Alabama A&M

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

EKU Baseball Doug Teegarden

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – After starting off a little sluggish from beating #13 Mississippi State about 14 and a half hours earlier in Mississippi the Eastern Kentucky Colonels would finally awake for a big 5th inning and get back above .500 on the season with a win over Alambama A&M 11-6.

Alabama A&M (4-14) would capitalize on the slow start early by EKU scoring a run in each of the first three innings.

Eastern (9-8) would finally get on the board in the fifth inning and they would do it in a big way. Shea Sullivan would start the inning off with a RBI single. Matt Olive would follow suit with a 2 run single to give the Colonels a lead at 4-3 and Kyle Nowlin would add a RBI a groundout. Mandy Alvarez, who began the inning with a single, would clear the bases with a 3 run bomb to give the Colonels a 8-3 lead.

An Alabama A&M error in the 6th would allow Matt Olive to score to extend the Colonels lead to 9-3.

Alabama A&M would add a run in the 6th to cut their deficit to 9-4.

Alex Holderbach would score two runs to bring it to 11-4 in the 8th. However, Alabama A&M would add two runs themselves to give us a final of 11-6.

Brandon Smither would come in to pitch in the 5th with 1 out and pick up his first win of the season. Smither would go 2.2 innings giving up just 1 run and 1 strikeout.

Doug Teegarden would go 0-1 with 5 walks on the game. Only 2 other players in the nation have been walked 5 times in a single game. Nick Senzel of Tennessee and Nick Solak of Louisville are the other players.

Eastern Kentucky will now travel to Nashville, Tenn for a 3 game series vs Belmont starting on Friday at 5 pm.

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Eastern Kentucky UPSETS #13 Mississippi State 16-12

Eastern Kentucky UPSETS #13 Mississippi State 16-12

Posted on 16 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

EKU Baseball Kenny Hostrander

STARKVILLE, Ms – Eastern Kentucky would enter the 8th inning down to #13 Mississippi State Bulldogs 12-6 on the road in Starkeville, MS but a 8th inning rally would tie and the Colonels would finish the upset bid in the 10th inning beating the Bulldogs 16-12.

Mississippi State (12-4-1) would start the game off as expected giving themselves a 3-0 lead in the first. Mississippi State would add a run in the third to take a 4-0 lead.

Eastern Kentucky (8-8) would finally get on the board in the 4th inning with a Matt Olive RBI single.

However, the Bulldogs would add a run in the fourth to give themselves a 5-1 lead going into the 5th inning. MSU would also add a two runs in the 5th giving them a 7-1 lead.

EKU would slowly awake in the 6th inning. After back to back singles to open the inning, Shea Sullivan gets hit by a pitch. Cole Warrenfeltz gets draws a walk to make it 7-2. Matt Olive would get a RBI groundout and Warrenfeltz would score on a wild pitch to get the Colonels within 3 runs.

Unforunately, Mississippi State would get some of those runs back taking a 9-4 lead into the 7th.

Once again, the Colonels would cut into the lead in the 7th. Matt Alvarez would homer to bring the score to 9-6 Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs would have a big 7th inning to give them a 12-6 lead going into the 8th inning.

Eastern Kentucky would take over the game from here on out.

Warrenfeltz and Olive would single to begin the inning. Coach Thompson would bring in Hostrander to run for Olive. A Doug Teegarden sacrifice fly would bring in Warrenfeltz. Kyle Nowlin would then homer to clear the bases and make it 12-10. Shea Sulivan would double later in the inning scoring Ben Fisher and Matt Alvarez to tie it all up at 12-12 in the 8th.

Caleb Johnson would come in to pitch and absolutely shut down the Bulldogs pitching 3 innings give up 1 hit, no runs, and strike out 4 Bulldogs to pick up the win on the mound.

EKU would take the lead in the 10th after Shea Sullivan singled to bring in Teegarden. Warrenfeltz would follow suit with a RBI singk to give the Colonels a 14-12 lead. A wild pitch would score Sullivan. Then Hostrander would drive in Warrenfeltz to give the Colonels a 16-12 win.

Kyle Nowlin would go 2-5 with a HR and 3 RBI and 2 Runs scored. Shea Sullivan would also go 2-4, with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

EKU will play at Alabama A&M tomorrow at 4:00 pm.

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Missed Opportunities Hurt as Colonels fall to Louisville

Missed Opportunities Hurt as Colonels fall to Louisville

Posted on 12 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


Missed opportunities hurt EKU vs Louisville as they fall to the Cardinals 6-1 in the Cardinal Classic.

EKU (15-6) threatened early in the first but couldn’t get the runners home. That would become a theme for the Colonels throughout the game.

Louisville(16-6) would threaten as well and capitalize grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first.

EKU would threaten again in the second but didn’t get the runner from 3rd in. Then EKU almost got out of the second unharmed but a 2 out solo homerun made it 2-0 Louisville.

Eastern again would get runners at second and third but unable to bring them home in the third.

Just like in the first and third innings, EKU stands runners at 2nd and 3rd base. Through 4 innings, EKU stranded 7 runners in scoring position.

Louisville had a big 4th inning adding 4 runs giving Louisville a 6-0 lead.

Eastern Kentucky would start the 5th off with a Paige Murphy double and a Hannah Clark single and stolen base gets runners at 2nd and 3rd again, but this time they would finally drive in a run with a Rachel Minogue RBI ground out cutting the lead to the final score of 6-1.

EKU will play #2 Michigan and Dayton tomorrow to conclude the Cardinal Classic.

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SEMO Sweeps EKU Over the Weekend

SEMO Sweeps EKU Over the Weekend

Posted on 12 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


RICHMOND, KY – The OVC pre-season favorite, SEMO Redhawks, swept the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels over the weekend.

In game 1, it was all about the pitching as SEMO would win 2-1 with the winning run coming off a wild pitch.

In game 2, SEMO showed why they are the OVC favorites this year by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first.

SEMO would continue to stretch out their lead through 4.5 innings having a 7-0 lead.

That’s when Luke Wurzelbacher would put the Colonels on the board finally with a RBI single. Shea Sullivan would get into a pickle but that would allow Ben Fisher to cut the score to 7-2.

EKU would start a rally in the 8th getting the bases loaded with 2 out but they could only get one run across and would lose game two of the series 7-3.

In game three of the series the Colonels would look to avoid getting swept. Much like game one on Friday night, it would be a pitchers dual.

No runs would be scored until the 9th inning when SEMO took a 1-0 lead.

Eastern would rally with a RBI from Matt Alvarez and send the game into extra innings.

The game would go 12 innings and SEMO would win 4-1.

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Softball Jets Past the Flyers

Softball Jets Past the Flyers

Posted on 08 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

RICHMOND, Ky – Eastern Kentucky University softball team picked up two wins vs the Dayton Flyers in the EKU home opener on Tuesday afternoon. EKU shut out the Flyers 4-0 and rallied to win game two 5-2 for the sweep.

Eastern Kentucky was led by a stellar pitching performance throughout both games.
Senior right hander Hayley Flynn and junior Alex Sallberg combined for 10 strikeouts and only 8 hits on the day allowing only two earned runs in two games.

In game 1, EKU (14-5) would jump out to a 2-0 lead due to two Dayton (7-8) errors that scored Krislyn Campos from second and on the other error Kayla Joyce from third, after Joyce had already stolen two bases.

Sarah Fobbs would drive in Hannah Clark on a sacrifice bunt to extend it to 3-0. Fobbs would then score after a RBI groundout from Rachel Minogue.

Hayley Flynn and Alex Sallberg would keep up their dominance for the shutout.

In game two, Dayton would take a 2-0 lead but that lead would not last. Kayla Joyce would answere on a two-run double to left center in the bottom of the third that knotted the score at two.

EKU would never look back in the game. In the fourth inning Eastern would add two more runs. The first run came off of a Johnkyria Alston sacrifice bunt and the second run come off a Campos RBI.

EKU would add one more insurance run in the fifth as Minogue scored off a Dayton error.

This will not be the last time EKU and Dayton face off this week. The Colonels travel to Louisville on Friday for the first of four games this weekend at the Louisville Softball Classic at Ulmer Stadium.

EKU will take on Illinois State in Friday’s lone game, before squaring off against Louisville, #2 Michigan and Dayton over the next two days. Friday’s game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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Softball Sweeps Day 2 of Eagle Classic

Softball Sweeps Day 2 of Eagle Classic

Posted on 05 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

Sarah Fobbs hit a home run to help beat SIU-E 8-5.

STATESBORO, Ga – After dropping a heart breaker to North Dakota yesterday 2-0, the softball Colonels responded well by beating North Dakota and Harvard on Day 2.

EKU (12-3) started the morning off with a revenge game against North Dakota. The game would stay at 0-0 until the fourth inning. North Dakota (4-12) would push across the first run of the game with a RBI single.

That lone run would awaken the Colonels offense and they would light up the scoreboard for the first time in the Eagle Classic in the fourth inning.

Shannon Fobbs would hit a 2 run single togive the Colonels a 2-1 lead. Fobbs would eventually score on a passed ball.

Another passed ball in the 6th would score Hannah Clark and would give the Colonels a 4-1 win.

Sarah Fobbs went 2-2, run and 2 RBI. Alex Sallberg would get the win with 5.1 innings and 6 strikeouts.

EKU would then face Harvard 30 minutes later in the next game.

The Colonels would start off game 2 just like they ended game 1, on fire. Brittany Oldaker would get on base by muffed throw by Harvard and Paige Murphy would come around and score. Johnkyria Alston would then double into right field scoring Oldaker to give EKU a early 2-0 lead.

Krisslyn Campos would score on a wild pitch making it 3-0. Then Fobbs would hit the first Colonel homer of the day stretching the Colonels lead to 5-0 in the third.

Some bad defense by the Colonels allowed Harvard (3-2) to put up 3 unearned runs and begin their rally. Another error in the 5th allowed Harvard to bring the Colonel lead back down to 1.

Amber Murray would add some much needed insurance run in the 6th with a huge solo homer to extend the lead to 6-4.

Harvard would have one more rally in them. After another error by the EKU defense Harvard would tie it up at 6-6 in the 6th inning.

Freshman Rachel Minogue would save the game for the Colonels with a RBI single bringing in the game winning run.

The Colonels will return to action tomorrow afternoon at noon vs Harvard again. After the Harvard game the Colonels will end their Eagle Classic vs host Georgia Southern.

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