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Panthers baseball shuts out MVSU in series opener

ITTA BENA, Miss. (EIU) — The Eastern Illinois baseball team defeated Mississippi Valley in the opening game of its two game series on Tuesday, 6-0.

The Panther's shutout marked their first shutout recorded on the season. With the win Eastern Illinois moves to 6-8, while Mississippi Valley drops to 1-14 on the season.

Tyler Jones picked up his second win of the season tossing 6 shutout innings, striking out five batters and allowing three hits. Jones advances to 2-0 on the season for the Panthers. Hunter Morris got EIU on the board in the fourth inning singling to center to score Dougie Parks. Morris claimed another RBI in the top of the fifth when he reached on an error by Jancarlos Aponte.

The Panthers scored in their third straight inning in the top of the sixth adding four runs to the lead. Tyler Tesmond kicked off the inning with a leadoff single to short. Jimmy Govern came into the game to pinch hit for Hunter Beetley and hit a double to left, advancing Tesmond to third. Josh Turnock followed up scoring Tesmond on a single to center. Andrew Curran kept the rally alive with a one run double to center. Frankie Perrone pinch hit for Logan Beaman and gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Parks finished the day going for 2-for-5 with a double, RBI, and run. Govern went 2-for-2 with a double, walk, and a run. Tesmond finished 1-for-3 with two walks, two stolen bases, and a run.

The Panthers aim for the series sweep tomorrow at 2 p.m. Beaman is to get the call on the mound as he seeks his first win of the season.

EIU softball holds off CSU for 5-4 win

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Eastern Illinois softball tallied 11 hits in their 5-4 win over Charleston Southern Tuesday afternoon. Haley Mitchell led the Panthers going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI.

EIU improves to 17-7 overall.

CSU struck first scoring the first run of the game in the first inning. The Panther rallied in the third inning to combine for four runs and six hits. Mady Poulter started things off for EIU with a double to left center. Mitchell then singled down the third base line to score Poulter. Mia Davis followed suit singling to right center. Kendyl McKeough stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and hit her third three-run homer this season to put the Panthers up 4-1. Megan Burton and Morgan LaMore also recorded hits for EIU in the third inning.

Mitchell homered to center field to start the seventh inning to give EIU a four run advantage. The Panthers gave up three runs in the last half inning.

Michelle Rogers pitched five innings and recorded the win. She improved to 9-3 on the mound. Valerie Thompson pitched one and a third innings while Jessica Wireman pitched two thirds of an inning and picked up her fourth save of the season.

The Panthers return to action Thursday at the Charleston Invitational where they are to play the College of Charleston at 3 pm and 5:15 pm.

EIU men's golf places 9th at UTM Grover Page Classic

JACKSON, Tenn. – Eastern Illinois men’s golf played its second tournament of the spring season as the Panthers placed ninth at the UT Martin Grover Page Classic at the Jackson Country Club in Tennessee.

After a slow start in the opening round, Charlie Adare regrouped and posted back-to-back rounds of 75 as he finished in a tie for 23rd shooting a 54-hole total of 230.

Marcello Verdolin had the best round of the tournament for EIU carding a two-over par 74 during the final round on Tuesday as he moved into a tie for 31st with a total of 233.

Romeo Perez finished tied for 50th with a score of 243. His best round was on the final 18 holes shooting a 77. Sebastian Olrog had his best round of 76 in the afternoon on Monday but slipped on Tuesday to finish in 55th with a score of 252. Alex Gowin rounded out the EIU golfers shooting 255 to place 56th.

Delta State won the team title.

Chang ties for 9th to lead EIU women's golf

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Daphne Chang carded a round of 74 on the final day of the Butler Benbow Invitational as she moved into a tie for ninth place as Eastern Illinois women’s golf opened the spring portion of its season.

Chang shot the fourth best round of the final 18 holes played at the Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla. EIU will remain in the Jacksonville area and play in the Butler Bulldog Florida Invitational on Wednesday and Thursday.

Chang finished the tournament with a 36-hole total of 155 after shooting 81 during the opening round. Three players tied with low tournament honors with St. John’s Linda Wang joining Butler’s Kelsey McDougall and Lauren Tibbets with 36-hole totals of 3-over par 147.

As a team EIU placed eighth in the season opening tournament shooting a team score of 327 on Tuesday. St. John’s won the team title.

Anne Bahr posted a top 25 finish for the Panthers with back-to-back rounds of 81 to finish tied for 24th with a score of 162. McKenzie O’Brien was tied for 45th with a total of 175. Kaitlyn Hasprey was tied for 51st with a score of 182. Hannah Magda was 53rd with a score of 183.

Playing as an individual Sara Guetersloh finished 49th with a score of 179.


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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