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Shea Sullivan’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team to a 5-2 win on the road over UNC-Asheville on Saturday.
After beating the Bulldogs (1-6) 3-1 on Friday, the Colonels (3-6) have now secured the series victory.
Ben Fisher got EKU on the board in the second inning with a two-run single up the middle that scored Cole Warrenfeltz and Bryan Soloman. UNCA tied the score in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Luke Wurzelbacher led off the seventh with a single to left. With one out, Warrenfeltz singled to right. A ground ball moved the runners to second and third. Sullivan’s single to center drove in both runners and put EKU in front for good.
Wurzelbacher finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Sullivan went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Six different Bulldogs finished with one hit each.
Senior newcomer Tanner Perkins (1-1) turned in his third quality start in as many trips to the mound this season. He tossed seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out one.
Cameron Langfels pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Cody Creamer picked up his second save in as many days after tossing a perfect ninth inning. The EKU relief corps has now pitched 16 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
Corey Randall (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on four hits in three innings of relief work. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
The two teams will conclude their series today.
First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Softball suffers 2-1 loss to Kentucky
In the Saturday nightcap of the UK Tournament, the Eastern Kentucky University softball team dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 8 Kentucky.
The Wildcats won the game on an Emily Gaines walk-off, two-run home run.
EKU (7-7) grabbed an early 1-0 lead on junior Katie Tackett’s solo home run in the first. It appeared that run was going to be enough for the Colonels as junior pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
However, Griffin Joiner led off the bottom of the seventh with a single through the left side of the infield. After a foul out, Gaines took a 3-2 pitch to left center field for the walk-off hit.
The Colonels were seeking their first win over the Wildcats (16-2) since 2006 and also their first win over a nationally-ranked team since defeating No. 5 Missouri at the start of the 2012 campaign.
Even in defeat, Pittsenbarger (5-3) had another outstanding outing in the circle. The righty struck out nine Kentucky batters while allowing just two hits and a walk.
EKU did manage to earn a 6-3 victory over Butler (4-12) in its first game of the day.
Sophomore Kayla Joyce scored the tying run in the fifth to make the score, 3-3, and force extra innings. In the eighth, sophomore Sarah Fobbs chipped in with a two-run double to put the Colonels ahead, 5-3. Joyce then added an RBI groundout for the final score.
Sophomore pitcher Hayley Flynn (2-1) came on in relief and held the Bulldogs scoreless in the final 4 2/3 innings. Flynn ended the game with a bases-loaded strikeout, her fifth of the contest.
Due to the threat of inclement weather, today’s finale against Pittsburgh was canceled.