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March 15, 2014

OVC BASEBALL: SEMO tops Colonels

RICHMOND — The teams combined for 27 hits and 23 runs, but Eastern Kentucky University fell to Southeast Missouri State, 15-8, in the Ohio Valley Conference series opener at Turkey Hughes Field on Friday.

Due to expected inclement weather on Sunday, the two teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m.

The Redhawks (11-6, 4-0 OVC) broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the fourth. A double by Clayton Evans platted two runs. Later in the inning, a triple by Cole Bieser to left center pushed in two more. Derek Gibson finished off the scoring in the inning with an RBI infield single.

The Colonels (7-10, 1-3 OVC) got two back in the bottom half of the fourth on an RBI double from Bryan Soloman and a sacrifice fly by Kenny Hostrander to cut the SEMO lead to 9-6. A solo home run by Sean Hagen in the bottom of the fifth drew the home team within two, 9-7. It was Hagen’s second home run of the game, having hit a solo shot in the first.

Gibson’s two-run double in the sixth pushed the Redhawks in front 11-7. A costly EKU error led to a four-run eighth as SEMO pulled away.

Hagen had a 3-for-3 day for the Colonels. He hit two home runs, scored twice, drove in three and walked once. Gibson finished 3-for-3 with a walk, five RBIs and a run scored for the Redhawks. Matt Tellor was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs.

Brent Cobb (2-3) started for EKU. He allowed nine runs, eight of which were earned, on 10 hits in 4 1/2 innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Christian Hull (1-1) picked up the victory for Southeast after throwing the final 4 1/3 innings. He gave up one run on three hits, walked two and struck out three.

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