The Richmond Register

March 13, 2013

OVC BASEBALL, TENNIS: Baseball downed by Furman, Tennis teams lose

By Nathan Hutchinson
Special to the Register

MADISON COUNTY — The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team couldn’t overcome a five-run fourth inning in a 7-3 loss to Furman University Tuesday in Greenville, S.C.

The Colonels (4-8) trailed 1-0 when the Paladins put five runs on the board in the fourth. Alex Abrams led off the inning with a home run. Each of the following five batters reached base. Andrew MacLatchie, Will Muzika and Paul Nitto each had RBI singles.

Nitto extended his hitting streak to 25 games with his base hit.

EKU got on the board in the fifth. Austin Grisham began the inning with a single to left center. Three batters later Matt Phipps hit his second  home run of the season, a two-run shot over the center field fence.

Furman (13-4) added a run in the sixth on a solo home run by Muzika.

EKU scored a run in the ninth when Grisham scored on a double play ball.

Grisham finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Cameron Langfels (0-1) started for EKU. He allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out two. Eric Nerl gave up one run on three hits in four innings of relief. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Muzika went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs for Furman. Tyler Wood (2-0) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The Colonels will end their two-game road trip on Wednesday at Western Carolina. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Troy downs EKU tennis

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s tennis team was edged by Troy in a neutral site match Tuesday afternoon, 4-3, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

The match came down to a third set at No. 4 singles.

Troy’s Daniel Bustamante took the decisive match as he outlasted EKU’s Juanjo de la Llera, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

EKU (5-10) won the doubles point, but was only able to win two of the six singles matches. Freshman Alex Alvaro (No. 2) and junior Joao Maio (No. 5) were the only Colonel victors.

“This was our best doubles performance of the year,” EKU coach Rob Oertel said. “We made some strides today, but unfortunately we still lost.”

Next up for EKU is the OVC opener at Austin Peay this Saturday.

Troy tops Lady Colonels

Sophomore Kristina Labeja was the only EKU women’s tennis player to pick up a win  Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to Troy in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Troy (11-4) opened the match by taking the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches for the doubles point. The Trojans then easily won the No. 4 and No. 3 singles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Labeja got the Colonels (7-5) on the board, but sophomore Amandine Faouzi came up short at No. 1 singles in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

“This was probably our most disappointing match of the season,” EKU coach Rob Oertel said. “Hopefully, we can respond this weekend in OVC play.”

Eastern Kentucky, the preseason OVC favorite, opens conference action this Saturday at Austin Peay.