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Colonels Open Series with Sweep of Cougars

Eric Giltz
Eric Giltz

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky swept an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader from SIUE baseball Friday winning 15-1 and 10-7.

The series was adjusted due to inclement weather in the forecast for later in the weekend. The finale is tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon. First pitch will come at 1 p.m. CT.

The Cougars dropped to 7-21 overall and 3-11 in the OVC. EKU improved to 14-17 overall and 7-4 in OVC play.

Eastern Kentucky broke a 7-7 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to go on to the 10-7 win.

Mason McReaken (2-2) allowed all three runs in 2/3 of an inning. He gave up four hits and struck out one.

The Cougars took an early lead in the contest, scoring the first run of the game just two batters in. Jordan Ross led off the game with a single and then scored on a double by Eric Giltz.

The Colonels tied the game in the bottom of the inning and then scored three runs in the third inning to go on top 4-1.

Both team scored in the fourth inning and it was 5-3 heading in the fifth inning when Jared McCunn sent a one-out, two-run homer to left to tie the score.

Eastern Kentucky went back on top 7-5, when SIUE tied the score again in the top of the eighth. Aaron Jackson opened the inning, reaching on an error after a slow roller to the right side of the infield. Fehr then walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Mario Tursi grounded out to bring in Jackson. Pattan then sliced a single into right to score Fehr to tie the score at seven.

Giltz led the Cougars. He was 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Tyler Romanik led EKU. He was 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs.

In the opener, EKU scored 14 runs over the first two innings and then cruised to a 15-3 win. The Colonels' Daniel Harris was 3 for 5 with four RBIs. He hit an inside-the-park home run in the first inning.

SIUE starter Ryan Byrd (0-5) surrendered eight runs on nine hits in just 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Hutchinson allowed six runs on five hits without retiring a hitter.

Michael Shereyk worked 5 2/3 innings in relief, helping to alleviate pressure on the bullpen. He allowed just a run on five hits. He struck out four. Devin Colley worked a scoreless inning in relief.

Pattan was 1 for 2 in game two. He drove in a pair of runs with sacrifice flies in the fifth and ninth inning. Peyton Cordova-Smith accounted for SIUE only other run with a pinch-hit, solo-home run in the eighth. McCunn and Tursi each had two hits for the Cougars in the early game.


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