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EIU's Knapp places 12th at NCAA Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (EIU) — Eastern Illinois senior high jumper Haleigh Knapp finished in a tie for 12th in the high jump on Friday evening at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

Knapp cleared 5'9.25" to finish in the tie for 12th place. She was unable to clear the next height of 5'11.25". She became just the second EIU female athlete to advance to the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.

Earlier this season Knapp broke her own school record in the high jump clearing a mark of 6'0.50". She was named the OVC Indoor Field Female Athlete of the Year. At this year's Ohio Valley Conference Championships, the senior won her fourth straight OVC High Jump Championship.

Knapp will earn second-team All-American honors next week when the USTFCCCA releases its official list following the NCAA Indoor Championship meet.

Baseball drops doubleheader at Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (EIU) — Due to inclement weather projected on Saturday, the series between Eastern Illinois and Mississippi kicked off with a doubleheader Friday afternoon. The host Rebels swept the doubleheader, picking up a pair of victories by scores of 7-2, and 4-0. EIU and Ole Miss will complete their three-game series on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m.

Eastern Illinois dropped to 5-7 on the season, while Ole Miss advanced to 14-1.

Game 1: Mississippi  7, Eastern Illinois 2

Ole Miss took control early in the first game of the series. EIU would attempt the comeback late in the game, but the Rebels offense came through to secure the victory 7-2.

Mississippi got on the board early scoring three runs in the first inning. Grae Kessinger led off for the Rebels reaching on an Andrew Curren throwing error. Ryan Olenek followed up with a single to right advancing Kessinger into scoring position. Nick Fortes would drive Kessinger in on a single up the middle. The Rebels would tack on two more runs scoring on back-to-back sacrifice flies. Ole Miss was able to extend their lead to four on a Tyler Keenan double to right center.

Mississippi would add two more runs in the bottom of the second and third on two leadoff home runs by Jacob Adams and Thomas Dillard.

The Panthers came out firing in the top of the fourth inning. Dougie Parks led off with a single through the left side. Matt Albert followed up blasting an opposite-field double, advancing Parks to third. EIU would have the bases loaded after Tyler Tesmond drew a walk. Curran got EIU on the board with a two-out two-run single up the middle.

Ole Miss answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring on a Chase Crockwell single.

Alex Stevenson took the loss for the Panthers dropping to a record of 1-2.

Matt Albert finished 2-for-4 with a double. Curren finished with two RBIs, going 1-for-4.

Game 2: Mississippi 4, Eastern Illinois 0

Ole Miss kept their momentum going from their first game as they took the lead early and completed the doubleheader sweep after picking up a 4-0 win in the second game.

Ole Miss got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning scoring two runs. Will Golson got the Rebels on the board with a two-run single to right.

Cole Zabowski extended the Ole Miss lead to 3-0 on a sacrifice to third.

The Panthers almost got on the board in the top of the seventh inning when Frankie Perrone doubled to center nearly crushing his first home run of the season. Matt Albert was tagged out at the plate on the play trying to get EIU their first run of the game.

Mississippi added another run in the bottom of the eighth when Tyler Dillard singled through the right side.

Blake Malatestinic took his first loss as a Panther as he allowed three runs in 6.2 innings.

Joseph Duncan finished 2-for-4 at the plate, while Josh Turnock finished 2-for-3.

ISU beats EIU men's tennis 7-0

NORMAL (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men’s tennis opened up its weekend on Friday afternoon suffering a 7-0 loss at Illinois State. The Panthers will play on Saturday afternoon at Rose-Hulman.

The Redbirds opened the contest, winning all three doubles matches to secure the first point. Gage Kingsmith and Jared Woodson battled at No. 1 doubles before falling 7-5.

In singles action, ISU was able to sweep all six points in straight sets. Playing at No. 6 singles Braden Davis lost 6-4, 6-2 to Brandon Lew. Kingsmith lost at No. 4 singles to Manuel Bernhard 6-3, 6-2. Woodson lost his match at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-2. 

EIU dropped to 3-11 on the season. ISU improved to 9-4.


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