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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Eastern Illinois softball lost to Furman 6-5 in nine innings but bounced back to blank Charleston Southern 6-0 in the Holiday City Showdown Sunday. Eastern picked up two wins on the first day of the Holy City Showdown. The Panthers shut out Wright State 3-0 and defeated Winthrop 3-1. EIU is 16-7 and is to play Charleston Southern at 2 p.m. Tuesday. 

Against Charleston Southern, Jessica Wireman pitched a complete game four-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks as she improved to 7-3. 

offensively, Mia Davis was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and three runs batted in, while Haley Mitchell was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. 

Against Furman, EIU trailed 5-0 as Furman scored five in the fourth inning. The Panthers scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth to cut the deficit to one before tying the game in the seventh.  

Kayla Bear was 2-for-5 with a home run and an RBI for EIU, while Mitchell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. 

Wireman suffered the loss throwing three innings and allowing two hits and a run, which was unearned. 

Haley Mitchell and Mady Poulter led EIU, hitting .500 through both games. Poulter also had a team-best two RBIs. 

Mitchell and Bear both recorded home runs in EIU's 3-0 win over Wright State. Mitchell homered to center field in the first inning, and Bear homered to right field in the fifth inning, putting the Panthers up 2-0. Mitchell tallied EIU's final run of the game in the seventh inning off a throwing error by WSU's catcher.

Michelle Rogers pitched the complete game and recorded five strikeouts. She improved to 8-3 on the mound for the Panthers.

Against Winthrop, Jessica Wireman pitched a complete game with six strikeouts. She improved to 6-2 on the mound.

All three of EIU's runs came in the fifth inning. Maria DeVito capitalized on a throwing error by the catcher to score the Panthers first run. Bear and Pelker scored later in the inning off a triple by Poulter to center field. 

EIU edges Rose-Hulman in men's tennis

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Eastern Illinois men’s tennis picked up wins from the bottom of its singles order as the Panthers edged Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday at the Wabash Valley Tennis Center. EIU won 5-4 as the two schools played each doubles match as a point.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in doubles play as they won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Logan Charbonneau and Freddie O’Brien won 8-3 playing at No. 2 doubles, while Trent Reiman and Braden Davis picked up an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles.

Davis was one of three Panthers to come up big in singles play, as EIU won the match with wins at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Davis won 6-2, 6-3 over Brendan Goldacker at No. 6 singles.

Gage Kingsmith claimed a 6-3, 6-2 win over Andrew Schiffman at No. 4 singles, with Jared Woodson beating Austin Perry 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.

EIU opens Ohio Valley Conference play Friday against Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. The Panthers improved to 4-11 on the season.

Baseball falls in series finale at Ole Miss

Despite hitting three solo home runs, the Eastern Illinois baseball team fell in the series finale at Mississippi 7-3.

With the loss, Eastern dropped to 5-8, while Ole Miss improved to 15-1 on the season.

Eastern got on the board first, for the first time in the series, in the top of the second when Dougie Parks hit his second home run of the season.

Ole Miss answered back in the bottom of the second with four runs.  

Jimmy Govern hit the Panthers' second leadoff home run of the game to cut the Rebel lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning.

Ole Miss' Cockrell answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer of his own to push the Ole Miss lead to 5-2.

EIU would battle back in the top of the fifth with Tyler Tesmond, hitting the Panthers' third solo home run of the afternoon to left center.

The Rebels were able to keep the offensive pressure on as they would score in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory 7-3.

Carson Haws suffered the loss on the mound for the Panthers, going 4.1 innings and surrendering six runs.

Parks finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and home run. Govern and Tesmond both finished 1-for-4 with a run, RBI and home run. Andrew Curran finished the afternoon going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

The Panthers are to travel to Itta Bena on Tuesday to take on Mississippi Valley in a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday.


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