Three freshmen had hits in their first collegiate at bats, two seniors combined for four hits and five RBIs and another senior tossed six-plus innings of shutout ball as  Eastern Kentucky University beat Alabama State , 8-2, in its season opener.

The victory marked the first time the Colonels have started a season with a win since beating Long Island 8-1 to start the 2007 campaign.

 Freshmen Ben Fisher, Cole Warrenfeltz and Justin Cessna each recorded hits in their first at bats as collegiate players. Seniors Sean Hagen and Bryan Soloman combined to go 4-for-7 with four runs, five RBIs, two home runs and a walk.

Senior Brent Cobb picked up where he left off last season. The right hander shutout ASU for six and one-third innings, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out three batters. Cobb led EKU last season with eight quality starts, he already has one this season.

Soloman got the Colonels on the board when he led off the top of the second inning with a home run over the left field fence.

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