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EIU softball wins seven straight

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois softball opened the UT Chattanooga Frost Classic with two games Friday. The Panthers defeated Western Michigan 11-3 Friday morning and UT Chattanooga 4-3 to finish the day. Haley Mitchell hit two home runs versus WMU, while Kendyl McKeough hit a three-run homer to take the lead over UTC.

The Panthers’ win streak extends to seven straight games as EIU softball improves to 9-3 overall.

The Panthers came out swinging against Western Michigan Friday morning. The team combined for ten hits and ten RBIs. EIU hit three doubles, one triple, and four home runs to win their sixth straight game.

Haley Mitchell led the Panthers against the Broncos with two home runs and four RBIs. Her first home run came at the bottom of the first inning following a triple by Mady Poulter. Later in the third inning, Mitchell hit her second homer to score her and Poulter for the second time to put the Panthers up 5-0. WMU got on the board with two runs at the top of the fourth, but the Panthers went on to score three more runs. Mia Davis doubled to right center to tally her two RBIs of the game.

Morgan LaMore and Jennifer Ames each knocked one out of the park for the Panthers, while Tori Johnson and Kayla Bear tallied doubles in the first game of the tournament. Bear also recorded two stolen bases for EIU.

Jessica Wireman collected her fifth win, improving to 5-0 on the mound. She tallied seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Valerie Thompson faced one batter for the Panthers at the bottom of the sixth inning.

EIU played host UT Chattanooga to finish up the first day's tournament play. UTC struck first, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams held tight defensively through the next two innings.

UTC started the fourth inning with two quick outs before walking Megan Burton. Burton advanced on Maria DeVito’s single to the right side of the field. McKeough went to the plate for her second at-bat of the season pinch-hitting for Michelle Rogers. McKeough connected, hitting her first career home run to put the Panthers up 3-1.

The Mocs went on to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game up at 3-3. Bear scored the game-winning run of EIU in the top of the seventh off a single to right center by Mia Davis.

Four players split time on the mound for EIU. Valerie Thompson recorded her first win of the season, improving to 1-0, which Wireman tallied her second save.

The Panthers return to action Saturday versus Evansville at 12:30 p.m. followed by IUPUI at 3 p.m.

Baseball takes series opener at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (EIU) — The Eastern Illinois baseball team was able to secure the first game of the series against Memphis Friday night, winning 3-1.

With the win, Eastern advances to .500 on the season with a record of 2-2, while Memphis drops to 2-3 on the season.

Eastern broke into the scoring column early in the first inning. Joe Duncan led off the first with a double to right center. Duncan advanced to third on a Jimmy Govern groundout. Logan Beaman continued his dominance at the plate for the Panthers, singling through the right side to score Duncan.

Memphis battled back the score on a Kyle Ouellette single up the middle in the bottom of the first.

The Panthers regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Dougie Parks kicked things off with a one-out double to center field. Hunter Morris followed up hitting another double to left to score Parks. Morris advanced to third on a Jack Holden fly-out. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-1 lead on a Jake Huber single up the middle scoring Morris.

Alex Stevenson was dominant in his second start on the hill this season tossing 7.1 innings, striking out three batters and allowing one run and eight hits. Stevenson was able to pick up his first win of the season on the mound for the Panthers.

Michael Starcevich came in to relieve Stevenson in the bottom of the eighth. Starcevich picked up his first save of the season, tossing 1.2 shutout innings. Starcevich struck out one and walked one batter.

Govern finished the evening 2-for-5 at the plate with a double. Morris went 1-for-4 with a run, hit, RBI, walk, and a double. Beaman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the mound for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon against Memphis will be Carson Haws. Game two of the series will begin at 2 p.m. The final game is Sunday.

EIU men's tennis sweeps North Central College

PLAINFIELD (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men’s tennis opened its weekend action with a 7-0 sweep over North Central College. The Panthers picked up their third win of the season and play Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

The Panthers claimed the doubles point, winning all three doubles matches. Grant Reiman and Logan Charbonneau picked up an 8-0 win playing at No. 3 doubles over Tyler Haizel and Tyler Bussell. Jared Woodson and Gage Kingsmith won their doubles match, as did Freddie O’Brien and Trent Reiman.

In singles action, EIU won five of the six matches in straight sets. Grant Reiman had the most decisive victory with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Adan Winters at No. 2 singles.

O’Brien won at No. 1 singles, Charbonneau won at No. 3 singles, Trent Reiman won at No. 4 singles and Braden Davis won at No. 6 singles in straight sets.

Kingsmith won the third set tiebreaker at No. 5 singles over Lucas Pindak picking up a 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (3) win.

EIU is now 3-7 on the season. NCC falls to 2-5.

EIU track wins four medals on OVC day one

Charleston (EIU) — Two conference records were broken following Friday's opening day of the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship held in the Lantz Fieldhouse. EKU broke records in both the track and in the field events during the first day of competition. Tequan Claitt broke the conference record in the high jump, while EKU's women DMR team shattered the conference record. EIU closed out the first day of competition earning four medals. 

Following the first day of competition at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship, the Eastern Kentucky women's team is in first place with 51 overall points. Tennessee State (40), Tennessee Tech (35), Southeast Missouri (31) round out the top four. Austin Peay (26) and Murray State (23.5) are fifth and sixth. Tied for seventh is EIU (23) and SIUE (23). Jacksonville State (10.5), Belmont (9), and Morehead State (1) round out the standings in the women's division. 

In the men's division, Eastern Kentucky finished the day atop the standings with 59 points and holds a 16 point lead over the Panthers. Belmont sits in third with 41 points. SIUE and Southeast Missouri are tied for fourth at 36 points. Tennessee State (12), UT Martin (3) round out the standings in the men's division. 

Haleigh Knapp was the top finisher for the Panthers during day one of the OVC Track & Field Championships. Knapp took gold in the high jump with her height of 5-08.75/ 1.75 meters. 

Chrisford Stevens earned a silver medal for the Panthers in the long jump with his distance of 23-08.75/ 7.23 meters. Davion McManis earned bronze in the event with his jump of 23-08.25/ 7.22 meters. 

For the EIU women, Brion Portis earned bronze in the long jump with her distance of 18-09.00/ 5.71 meters. 

In the women 5000-meter run, EKU swept the medals. Charlotte Imer crossed the line first at 16:20.72, while Ciara Scott finished at 17:08.32. Lilian Kiborus placed third with her time of 17:18.01. 

EKU broke the OVC record in the women's 4000 distance meter relay with their time of 11:49.00. TTU placed second at 12:01.12, while SEMO finished third at 12:12.20. 

Haleigh Knapp of EIU took gold in the high jump at 5-08.75/ 1.75 meters. Crya Beard of TSU placed second with her height of 5-07.00/ 1.70 meters, while Khemani Roberts finished third at 5-07.00/ 1.70 meters. 

Austin Peay earned gold and silver in the women's pole vault. Savanah Amato had the best height for Austin Peay at 13.03.50/ 4.05 meters, while Dascha Hix finished second at 12-05.50/ 3.80 meters. SEMO's Sierra Maddox earned bronze with her height of 11-11.75/ 3.65 meters. 

SIUE's Nichyria Byrd took gold in the long jump with her distance of 19-03.25/ 5.87 meters. Anna Elizabeth Marcinek earned silver for EKU at 19-01.25/ 5.82 meters. Brion Portis earned bronze for the Panthers at 18-09.00/ 5.71 meters. 

In the weight throw, SEMO took gold with Anya Tonga's throw of 59-10.00/18.23 meters, while SIUE placed second with Lizzie Virgl's throw of 58-05.50/ 17.81 meters. Daimer Gordon of TSU took bronze at 57-03.25/ 17.45 meters. 

TTU's Khemani Roberts earned gold in the Pentathlon as she finished with 3,834 points. TSU's Grenetria Shell placed second at 3,441 points, with Murray State's Aubrey Main placing third at 3,418 points. 

In the men's 5000 meter run, Addison Monroe of EKU secured gold crossing the line at 14:53.52. EKU was able to place first and second with Jamie Romo taking silver at 14.53.56. Belmont's Kaleb McLeod earned bronze at 14:59.37.

EKU secured another gold in the men's 4000 distance meter relay finishing with a time of 10:04.16. Belmont crossed the line second at 10:05.18, while SEMO finished third at 10:08.18.

SEMO's Tanner Teigen beat out the competition in the pole vault as he cleared the bar at 13-11.25/ 4.25 meters. Ryan Lipe of Belmont placed second at 13-05.25/ 4.10 meters, with SEMO's Shawn Bareiter taking third at 13-05.25/ 4.10 meters. 

Tequan Claitt of EKU broke the OVC record earning gold in the high jump with his clearing the bar at 7-03.00/ 2.21 meters. Yoshua Reed earned second place honors for EKU at 6-09.00/ 2.06 meters. SEMO's Tallyn Brazell placed third at 6-07.00/ 2.01 meters. 

R'lazon Brumfield earned gold in the long jump for TSU with his distance of 23-09.00/ 7.24 meters. EIU finished second and third with Chrisford Stevens earning silver at 23-08.34, and Davion McManis taking bronze at 23-08.25/ 7.22 meters.

SIUE took gold and silver in the men's weight throw. Freshman John Barnes of SEMO finished first with his throw of 61-08.75/ 18.81 meters, while Nick Matthews finished second at 61-03.25/ 18.67 meters. Belmont grabbed bronze with Stephen Gibson's throw of 60-03.50/ 18.37 meters. 

The final day of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Lantz Fieldhouse.


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