Register Staff Reports
Eastern Kentucky University, the No. 5 seed, beat fourth-seeded Jacksonville State, 11-2, in the first round of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament on Wednesday in Jackson, Tenn.
The Colonels (21-32) had 18 hits on their way to snapping a six-game OVC Tournament losing streak.
EKU will face either No. 2 seed Austin Peay at 4 p.m. today or No. 1 seed Tennessee Tech at 8 p.m.
A pair of three-run home runs bookended EKU’s scoring. Sean Hagen gave the Colonels to a 3-0 lead with a homer in the third inning. Luke Wurzelbacher capped it with a three-run shot in the ninth inning.
Junior Brent Cobb (7-6) took care of business on the mound for EKU. He scattered nine hits over eight innings, allowed two runs, walked two and struck out four.
With one out and two on, Hagen sent a 2-0 pitch sailing over top of the 24-foot high left-field wall. Doug Teegarden and Kyle Nowlin scored.
A one-out, two-run single to center by Nowlin in the fourth inning extended the lead to 5-0. Austin Grisham slid into home ahead of the throw to score the second run. Grisham drove in Alex Hughes on a ground ball in the fifth inning for a 6-0 advantage.
A day after being named OVC Rookie of the Year, Nowlin went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI.
The Gamecocks (32-25) closed the gap with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. JSU had four-straight hits to start the inning, including back-to-back RBI singles by Gavin Golsan and Stephen Bartlett to make it 6-2.
Bryan Soloman led off the seventh inning with a home run to push the lead to five, 7-2. Soloman followed a lead-off double by Hughes with an RBI single to start a 4-run ninth inning. Wurzelbacher hit his 3-run homer later in the inning.
Soloman was 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Wurzelbacher had two hits in three at bats, scored a run and drove in three.
Eddie Mora-Loera was 3-for-4 with a run scored for Jacksonville State. Casey Antley (6-5) started for JSU, he allowed six runs on nine hits in four and one-third innings.