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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (EIU) — After going 0-2 on Saturday, the Eastern Illinois softball team split its final day of action at the Red & Black Classic on Sunday. EIU opened Sunday's play with an 8-4 win over IUPUI and a 6-0 loss to Louisville. On Saturday, EIU's 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-3 loss to UAB, and then the Panthers fell 3-2 to Maryland in extra innings.

EIU is now 13-6 on the season.

The Panthers picked up a win in their first game of the day defeating IUPUI 8-4. Kayla Bear and Megan Burton led the team with three hits each as the team tallied 12 total hits in the game.

IUPUI led the Panthers 3-1 heading into the fourth inning when EIU scored four runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to secure their 13th win this season. In the fourth inning, Andrea Roberts drove in two runs with a single, and Bear drove in two runs with a double to put EIU up 5-3.

The Panthers recorded four more hits and scored three more runs through the fifth and sixth innings. The Jaguars tried to find momentum in the final inning of play, but only managed one run and fell 8-4 to EIU.

Roberts tallied a team-best three RBIs, while Taylor Monahan stole three bases to lead the Panthers. Valerie Thompson and Michelle Rogers split time on the mound with Rogers earning the win and improved to 7-3 on the season.

The Panthers closed out the Red & Black Classic with a 6-0 loss to Louisville. Jessica Wireman started on the mound for the Panthers and pitched 5 2/3 innings. Tori Johnson finished the sixth inning as Wireman collected her second loss of the season, falling to 5-2.

Louisville scored five of their six runs in the first inning and added their sixth run in the fourth to hand the Panthers their sixth loss on the season.

On Saturday, Mia Davis and Breya Cooper led the Panthers with three hits each on the day. Davis recorded a team-best two RBIs through today's play.

The Panthers played UAB to open the tournament Saturday morning. EIU recorded eight hits, led by Cooper and Davis with three and two hits, respectively. Four of the Panthers' hits came in the first inning. Mady Poulter singled to right field and scored on Haley Mitchell’s double to left center. Cooper singled up the middle to tally her first hit and scored Mitchell for a 2-0 lead.

Wireman held the Blazers scoreless through the first three innings. UAB scored a run in the top of the fourth followed by another two in the fifth to give the Blazers a one-run advantage. Monahan tied the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning, but UAB turned around to score three runs of their own, winning 6-3.

Wireman tallied six strikeouts, taking her first loss of the season and is 5-1 on the mound for the Panthers. Rogers closed out the game with one strikeout for EIU.

The Panthers played Maryland to close out the first day of play in the Red & Black Classic. Both teams were held scoreless through the first four innings of play. Maryland scored two in the bottom of the fifth to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Mitchell singled to left field to open the seventh inning. Davis stepped up to the plate and homered to left center to score her and Mitchell, tying the game 2-2 and forcing extra innings.

Maryland held off the Panthers in the eighth inning and managed to score one runner to take the 3-2 win over EIU.

Rogers took the loss on the mound for EIU falling to 6-3 on the season. Maria DeVito led the Panthers with two of the team’s four hits.

EIU returns to action next weekend at the Holy City Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina. They open play Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. vs. Wright State.

EIU baseball swept by Georgia State

ATLANTA (EIU) — The EIU baseball team dropped a 6-5 extra innings game to Georgia State on Sunday and lost 8-4 on Saturday as Georgia State completed the three-game sweep. EIU falls to 5-5 on the season.

In Sunday's game, Georgia State got on the board first for the first time this weekend, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. 

Eastern answered back in the top of the second cutting the Georgia State lead to 2-1 on a Jimmy Huber RBI double to center.

Georgia State answered back in the bottom of the third with a run. In the bottom of the seventh, GSU added another run to go up 4-1.

EIU answered back in the top of the eighth, tallying four runs to lead 5-4. With the bases loaded, Hunter Morris hit his second home run of the series, this time a grand slam to give the Panthers the lead.

Georgia State responded in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to tie the game. 

Georgia State was able to secure the victory on a walk-off single in the bottom of the twelfth.

Dustin Wilson took the loss for EIU dropping to a record of 1-1. Stevenson finished 2-for-5 with a run.

In Saturday's game, Eastern got on the board first, scoring in the second inning on Ryan Knernschield's RBI single.

Georgia State immediately answered back in the bottom of the second with two runs to give them the lead. Georgia State added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to lead the Panthers 7-1. 

Morris gave EIU life in the top of the fifth hitting a solo home run to left to cut the score to 7-2, but GSU got the run back with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Eastern tried to come back in the ninth. Morris drove in a run with a single, and Dougie Parks added an RBI single to cut it to 8-4, but GSU later got out of the inning.

Carson Haws took the loss for EIU, as he allowed seven runs in four innings pitched. Morris finished the day going 3-for-5 with, two RBIs, home run, and a run. Parks finished 2-for-5 with a double and RBI. Andrew Curran hit 2-for-4 on the day.

EIU heads to Columbia, Missouri for a midweek showdown against Missouri on Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

EIU women's tennis loses to DePaul

CHICAGO (EIU) — The EIU women’s team wrapped up a busy weekend of tennis action on Sunday afternoon as the Blue Demons beat the Panthers 6-1. EIU opened the weekend with a pair of wins on Friday over IUPUI and Illinois-Springfield.

DePaul opened the match winning all three doubles matches to secure the first point.

Playing with an adjusted lineup, EIU moved players up one spot in the singles rotation as they lost the first five matches in straight sets. Playing at No. 6 singles, Abby Carpenter won her second match of the weekend as she beat Alina Kuzmenkova to collect the lone point of the match for EIU. Carpenter won 6-3, 6-3.

EIU fell to 6-9 on the season.

EIU men's tennis drops two matches on the weekend

The EIU men's tennis team lost to Lindenwood 6-1 on Sunday after falling 6-1 to Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. The team is 3-10 on the season.

On Sunday, Lindenwood won the opening point, taking the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. EIU was leading 4-3 at No. 3 doubles when the point was clinched.

Logan Charbonneau secured the Panthers lone point of the match winning at No. 3 singles in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

On Saturday, Freddie O'Brien continued his solid season as he scored the lone point for the Panthers playing at No. 1 singles. O'Brien needed three sets to defeat Niko Wasilewicz 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

O'Brien also teamed with Logan Charbonneau at No. 3 doubles as they won their match 6-3. UIC claimed the doubles point by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.


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