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.