By Nathan Hutchinson
Special to the Register
The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold off Southern Illinois University and suffered a 6-2 loss Thursday in Carbondale, Ill.
The loss was the fifth-straight for the Colonels (5-16).
EKU drew first blood with two runs in the top of the third. Kenny Hostrander led off the inning with a hit, but it looked as if he’d be stranded after the next two batters were retired. Demetrius Moorer drew a walk to keep the inning going. Doug Teegarden followed with a two-run double down the left field line.
It was the freshman’s second double of the season.
Southern Illinois got on the board in a big way in the bottom of the fifth. After a strikeout to start the inning, five straight Salukis reached base. A single by Jake Welch drove in two and tied the score. A single by Matt Jones put SIU on top 3-2.
EKU starter Brent Cobb gave up only three hits in the first four innings but allowed four hits in the fifth.
The Salukis pulled away in the eighth. After a pop-up, four straight batters reached base. With the bases loaded, Wes Neece drove in two of the runners with a double down the right field line, just out of the reach of first baseman Bryan Soloman.
A third runner scored on a wild pitch.
Teegarden finished with two hits in four at bats and two RBI. Welch went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI for SIU.
Cobb (2-5) went 7 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs on 11 hits, walked one and struck out four. Sam Coonrad (2-2) gave up two runs on four hits in seven and one third innings. He walked two and struck out five.
The Colonels and Salukis will continue their three-game series with game two at 3:30 p.m. today.