Behind a strong start from freshman right-hander Brian Mroz, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team beat East Tennessee State University, 4-3, on Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.
Mroz struck out six batters in six innings. He allowed one run on five hits and walked one in his first collegiate start.
The Colonels (8-12) trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth.
However, Bryan Soloman and Luke Wurzelbacher changed that in a hurry with back-to-back one-out solo home runs to put the home squad in front. It was the second home run of the season for both players.
EKU added two more in the sixth. Soloman drove in Sean Hagen with a double to left center. Ben Fisher’s single brought home Soloman later in the inning.
Soloman finished 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
ETSU (8-11) drew within one in the top of the ninth on a two-run home run by Andrew Lasure, his first of the season.
Josh Jacques (1-3) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
EKU’s Cody Creamer picked up his fourth save of the season despite allowing two runs on four hits in the ninth.
EKU is scheduled to play at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. The game will begin at 3 p.m.
EKU women win Bobby Nicholas Intercollegiate
The Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf team beat five other Ohio Valley conference teams on its way to a first-place finish at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Tuesday in Sevierville, Tenn.
Anna Gleixner (T5th), Emilie Simmons (T8th) and Sofie Levin (T10th) all turned in top-10 performances for EKU in a field of 74 golfers.
The Colonels shot rounds of 318 and 307 for a 36-hole total of 625, four shots better than second place Evansville (629). Indiana State and Marshall tied for third at 631.
EKU was third, three shots behind Murray State after Monday’s first round. EKU’s final round 307 was the second best score of the tournament.
The Colonels, the defending conference champions, beat OVC schools Murray State (5th), Belmont (6th), Austin Peay (T7th), Tennessee Tech (9th) and Tennessee State (12th).
Gleixner opened with a 9-over par 80 on Monday but rebounded with a 2-over 73 on Tuesday for a two-round total of 153. Simmons shot rounds of 75 and 80 for a 155. Levin carded a 79 and a 77 for a 36-hole total of 156.
The 13-team event was held at the par-71, 5,803-yard Highlands Course at the Sevierville Golf Club.
The Colonels will be back in action on Sunday at the three-day MSU Eagle Intercollegiate hosted by Morehead State in Ocala, Fla.
EKU men take second