The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team fell behind 7-0 after three innings on its way to a 13-1 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Monday in Edwardsville, Ill.

Due to weather and field conditions in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the two teams were playing at the Simmons Baseball Complex on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Clayton Evans capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single through the left side to give the Redhawks (6-7, 2-1 OVC) all they would need. Garrett Gandolfo’s bases-loaded triple fueled a four-run third inning.

A ground ball by Kenny Hostrander got the Colonels (5-9, 1-2 OVC) on the board in the top of the fifth.

Kyle Nowlin went 2-for-4 for EKU. Gandolfo finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI for SEMO.

Alex Hamilton (0-2) started for EKU and gave up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits in five innings. Joey Lucchesi (1-0) allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings of work for the Redhawks.

Weather permitting, EKU will play its first home series of the season beginning Friday when Belmont visits Turkey Hughes Field.

The opener of the 3-game series is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Women’s tennis beats Embry Riddle

The EKU women’s tennis team finished up its Florida road trip with a 6-1 win at Embry-Riddle Tuesday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Colonels (5-6) swept all six singles matches, including four in straight sets. Sophomore Marina Marti (No. 4) and senior Melissa Gerritsen (No. 5) each dropped just one game in their respective matches. Meanwhile, freshman Raquel Montalvo (No. 6) bounced back after dropping the first set to win in a super tiebreaker.

Next up for EKU is the start of Ohio Valley Conference action. The Colonels play host to Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Embry-Riddle edges EKU

Embry-Riddle won the top three singles matches to lead the Eagles to a 4-3 win over the Eastern Kentucky University men’s tennis team Monday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Colonels (6-5) got off on the right foot by winning the doubles point, but only mustered two wins in singles.

Sophomore Sebastian Mueller (No. 4) and senior Juanjo de la Llera (No. 5) are both riding three-match winning streaks after their victories today. Meanwhile,  sophomore Diogo Soares and freshman Ramon van Flymen have teamed up to win four straight contests in doubles.

EKU returns home this weekend to begin Ohio Valley Conference action against Tennessee Tech (Friday) and Jacksonville State (Saturday).

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