By Bob Flynn
Special to the Register
It took 14 innings, but the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team beat Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 7-5 Saturday on the road.
With their second-straight win over SIUE, the Colonels have now won three straight OVC series.
Austin Grisham led off the 14th inning with a single to right field and then stole second base. He moved to third on a single by Doug Teegarden. After a walk loaded the bases, Shaun Ball’s single to right center drove in two runs.
Myles Scott (1-1), who was exceptional in 6 2/3 innings of relief, retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 14th before three straight Cougars reached base. With the winning run on first, Cody Creamer came in and struck out Drew Johnson to end the game.
Scott allowed just three hits and two walks. Teegarden finished 3-for-6 with two runs scored. Sean Hagen went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Ball had two hits in six at bats, scored once and drove in three.
EKU (13-23, 9-8 OVC) tied the game with two runs in the top of the eighth. Teegarden led off with a walk, Hagen followed with a single and Ball drew a walk to load the bases. After the first out was recorded, Alex Hughes was hit by a pitch, forcing in one run.
A wild pitch moments later allowed Ball to score the tying run and make it 5-5.
Skyler Geissinger went 3-for-7 with two RBIs for SIU-Edwardsville (9-24, 7-12 OVC). Johnson also had three hits.
EKU jumped out in front first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Ball drove in a run with a double to left center and Kyle Nowlin followed with an RBI single to right.
The Cougars tied the score in their half of the third inning on Geissinger’s two-out, two-run double to left field. SIUE grabbed the lead with two more in the fifth. Joel Greatting hit a two-out, two-run home run to make it 4-2. Nowlin’s sacrifice fly in the sixth cut the deficit to one, but SIU-Edwardsville answered in the bottom half of the inning when Devin Caldwell scored on a ground ball.
Ben Gullo started for EKU and allowed five runs on six hits. He walked seven batters and struck out six. Jake Stauffenberg (2-3) suffered the loss. He pitched six innings of scoreless relief before being charged with the two runs in the 14th inning. He walked one and struck out three.
The Colonels and Cougars will conclude their series at 2 p.m. today.
Track and field team competes in pair of events
It was another split-meet weekend for the Eastern Kentucky University track and field team, as a handful of distance runners competed at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State on Friday, while the rest of the Colonels traveled to the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic in Lexington on Saturday.
Senior Yosi Goasdoue highlighted the trip to Ohio State, finishing third out of 19 runners in the men’s 5,000 meters showcase with a personal-best time of 14:15.02. That time is currently second-fastest in the Ohio Valley Conference, trailing only teammate Wade Meddles’ 13:52.16.
Freshman Ashley Svec also posted a personal-best time at the Jesse Owens Classic, placing 13th in the women’s 5,000 meters showcase in 17:25.06. That time is the third-fastest in the conference.
Senior Bianca Forbes re-emerged onto the 400 meters scene at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic on Saturday, placing second in the women’s race with a season-best time of 55.30. That time is fifth-best in the OVC right now. Forbes, who is the EKU record holder in the indoor quarter-mile, won the 400 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships last spring.
Another highlight from Saturday’s meet came from senior Anthony Eason, who finished fourth in the men’s 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:55.09. That time is currently tied for 10th-best in the OVC.
The EKU track and field team returns to action next week/weekend at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Women’s tennis moves into OVC finals
It was business as usual for the Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis.
The Colonels blanked Eastern Illinois in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon, 4-0. EKU will face No. 2 seed Jacksonville State in the championship match today.
Sophomore Amandine Faouzi (No. 1), the OVC Player of the Year, along with sophomore Kristina Labeja (No. 2) and sophomore Melissa Gerritsen (No. 4) all picked up straight-set victories.
EKU (18-6) opened the match by winning No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to earn the doubles point.
The Colonels are aiming for their second-consecutive and third-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. EKU downed Jacksonville State earlier this season by a count of 7-0.
Men’s tennis falls to Austin Peay
For the first time in five years, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s tennis team will not be playing in the OVC championship match.
No. 2 seed Austin Peay downed the Colonels Saturday afternoon in the semifinals, 4-2.
EKU concludes the season 13-13 overall.
Freshman Alex Alvaro (No .3), the OVC Freshman of the Year, and freshman Florian Graskamp (No. 6) were the only EKU players to tally singles victories.
Austin Peay (16-3) won three singles matches in straight sets and also claimed the doubles point. The Govs will face No. 5 seed Belmont in the championship match tomorrow.
Softball splits pair
The EKU softball team split a pair of wild games with host Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon.
The Colonels dropped game one, 12-11, before pulling out a 6-4 win in the second contest.
EKU (27-17, 14-5 OVC) almost lost both games to the Redhawks (13-26, 5-12). The Colonels entered the top of the seventh in game two trailing, 4-3. SEMO got two quick outs before redshirt freshman Haley Schenasi singled and senior Raquel Howes doubled.
Freshman Sarah Fobbs then ripped a three-run blast, her 10th of the season, to suddenly give EKU a 6-4 lead.
Sophomore pitcher Shaylon Robb (8-8) made the score hold in the bottom of the inning to earn the win. Robb came on in relief and allowed just two hits in 3.0 innings of work.
Game one had plenty of offense. The Colonels trailed by scores of 5-0 and 7-3 before rallying to take the lead in the fifth inning. Eastern Kentucky rattled off six runs in the fifth, capped by a Howes bases-loaded clearing double, to grab a 9-7 edge.
The Colonels extended their cushion to 11-7 in the top of the sixth, but Southeast responded emphatically with five runs in the bottom of the inning to claim the win.
Thanks to her three-run double in game one, Howes set a new program career record for RBIs.