The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team out-scored Norfolk State 33-9 and rolled to a three-game series sweep last weekend at Turkey Hughes Field.
The Colonels (11-2) have won seven-straight games — the program's longest winning streak in 15 years (2005).
EKU picked up a 14-2 win on Friday, a 6-0 victory on Saturday and closed out the series with a 13-7 win on Sunday.
The Colonels are 7-0 at home this season and their only losses so far have come against No. 19 LSU.
EKU's offense pounded out 41 hits in the sweep of Norfolk State, but a pitching performance was the highlight of the weekend.
Sophomore Jacob Ferris picked up a shutout win on Saturday afternoon. The Madison Central graduate allowed just three hits and three walks and had a career-best 10 strikeouts.
It was the first compete game of his college career.
On Monday, Ferris (2-1) was named the OVC Pitcher of the Week.
So far this season, Ferris has a 3.04 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. He’s allowed just nine earned runs on 17 hits and has walked only eight batters. Ferris ranks third in the OVC in opposing batting average at .183. He is tied for second in innings pitched and fifth in strike outs.
It is the first career OVC Pitcher of the Week award for Ferris and the first this season by any EKU pitcher.
Catcher A.J. Lewis and Daniel Harris each had four hits as the Colonels gave Ferris plenty of run support. Nick Howie also had three RBI.
The Colonels (11-2) scored the first four runs of the series final on Sunday, including a three-run second inning highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Lewis.
After the Spartans (2-13) cut the deficit to one with three runs in the top of the third, Marcus Hill pushed the EKU lead back to two, 5-3, with a run scoring single in the bottom half.
Howie and Lewis hit solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead to four, 7-3.
EKU pulled away with six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Caleb Upshaw had a two-run single and Logan Thomason made it 13-3 with a two-run double in the inning.
Lewis finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and three RBI. Howie also went 3-for-4 with a walk. He scored three times and drove in two.
Charlie Ludwick was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Upshaw went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and two RBI.
Eight of EKU’s nine starters had at least one hit and all nine scored at least one run.
The Colonels are set to return to action Wednesday at Northern Kentucky.
Game time is set for 3 p.m.