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It took 75 extra minutes to start the game but that waiting period didn’t affect the Eastern Kentucky bats as they opened up a three game series with Tennessee-Martin with a 9-1 victory.

The Colonels (16-18, 6-7  OVC) bats were helped out greatly by a stellar pitching performance by Tanner Perkins who went seven innings giving up no runs on seven hits and striking out five Skyhawks (3-28, 2-14 OVC).

The Skyhawks would walk the first three Colonels of the game and Bryan Soloman would make them pay early for that mistake with a two run double to give Eastern Kentucky a quick 2-0 lead.

An error by Tennessee-Martin in the second would score TJ Alas and Luke Wurzelbacher to give Eastern Kentucky a 4-0 lead in the second. Tennessee-Martin would pull their starting pitcher during the second inning.

The Colonels wouldn’t score again until Taylor Blair’s RBI single in the fifth inning that gave EKU a 5-0 lead.

Kyle Nowlin would add a RBI single and Sean Hagan would hit a two run home run in the sixth inning to give Eastern Kentucky their largest lead of the game at 8-0.

Tennessee-Martin would add their only run in the game in the eighth inning when Max Belter was walked with the bases loaded to put Tennessee-Martin within seven runs.

Eastern Kentucky would get that run back in the ninth inning when Ben Fisher hit an RBI triple to give the Colonels their 9-1 victory.

The two teams will play again on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24