After being forced to move EKUs home opener to Transylvania University due to construction at Turkey Hughes Field, EKU wasted no time in scoring runs on their way to a win against former OVC member Youngstown State. EKU is now 6-9 on the season.
Youngstown State came into today’s game with a 2-10 record but dropped three very close games with Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
In the first inning Kyle Nowlin and Sean Hagan both hit solo shots to make it a quick 2-0 game. Doug Teegarden would continue the home run streak with a 2 run shot in the second scoring Bryan Soloman as well. Nowlin would then hit his second home run of the game to make it 5-0.
Hagan would end the home run streak by scoring Shea Sullivan on a RBI single to make it 6-0. Ben Fisher would later hit a grand slam to make it 10-0.
Youngstown State would get on the board when Brent Gillespie would get hit by a pitch scoring Shane Willoughby. Then Josh White would hit a single scoring Phil Lipari and Alex Larivee to make it 10-3. David Saluga would then hit a single scoring Gillespie to make it 10-4. Jason Shirley would score Josh White on a fielder’s choice play to cut the EKU lead in half. Lipari would draw a walk to score one more before the top half of the third inning would come to a close with a score of 10-6.
Scoring would cease until the 5th inning when Youngstown State put one on the board with a Shane Willoughby single.
Eastern Kentucky would respond back with a Nowlin two-run home run, his third of the game which ties a EKU record, to make it 12-7. Sullivan would then make it home on a Luke Wurzelbacher ground out to make the EKU lead 13-7. Fisher would drive in two runs for himself on a single to center field to increase the EKU lead to 15-7.
In the 6th inning Nowlin would try and break the school record but instead gets an RBI on a ground out to make it 16-7 EKU.
Eastern Kentucky would take its lead back to double digits after Cole Warrenfeltz singles in the 7th scoring TJ Alas. Taylor Blair would follow it up with a single of his own scoring Wurzelbacher and Warrenfeltz to make it 19-7.
Youngstown State would chip away once again in the 8th when David Saluga singled home Jake Ross to make it 19-8. Willoughby would draw a walk bringing in the 9th run of the day for Youngstown State. Then Lipari would double home two runs to make it 19-11 in favor of Eastern Kentucky. Alex Larivee would also add two runs on a double of his own to make it 19-13. Kevin Hix would continue the double parade scoring Larivee making the score 19-14.
Kyle Nowlin would lead the way for the Colonels going 3 for 5 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs.
Eastern Kentucky and Youngstown State will play again tomorrow at 2 pm, hopefully at Turkey Hughes Field.