CHARLESTON (EIU) – Eastern Illinois softball kept a pair of streaks intact on Wednesday afternoon as the Panthers have now won ten straight games and remained unblemished in the Ohio Valley Conference at 6-0 after EIU swept a conference doubleheader against Southeast Missouri.
EIU won both games by a 4-1 score as the Panthers improved to 27-8 overall, 6-0 in the OVC. SEMO is now 22-15 overall, 6-4 in the OVC. The Panthers return to action on Friday at UT Martin, an adjustment to the original schedule due to the bad weather forecast for Saturday afternoon.
In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Southeast Missouri jumped on the board in the first with a pair of hits, as Parker Bandy and Rachel Anderson led off with back-to-back singles. Bandy would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Sarah Messex.
That would be the only damage EIU senior pitcher Jessica Wireman would allow on the afternoon, as she allowed just three hits the remainder of the game while striking out 12 Redhawk batters. Wireman improved to 13-3 on the season with the complete game win.
The Panthers evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second against SEMO starter Madeline Krumrey. Breya Cooper delivered the big hit with a double down the left field line that scored Mia Davis.
Haley Mitchell would then provide Wireman all the insurance she would need in the third with a three-run home run to right field. Andrea Roberts and Mady Poulter scored on the home run after Roberts opened the inning with a triple.
Mitchell finished the game 2-for-3, while Davis was 3-for-3 at the plate.
SEMO had five different players all pick up singles in the game. Krumrey fell to 10-5 in the circle.
In the second game, the long ball again proved to be the difference as the Panthers scored two runs in the third and two runs in the sixth.
Leading 2-1 in the sixth inning, Davis drove a pitch to left center for a two-run home run against SEMO starting pitcher Haley Thogmartin. The hit would chase Thogmartin from the game as she fell to 7-6 on the year.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Poulter had an RBI double to score Bear. Mitchell would follow with an RBI single through the left side.
Michelle Rogers allowed just three hits in the complete game win as she improved to 12-3 on the year. The senior did have to pitch out of a couple of jams, as two of the three SEMO hits went for extra bases. Claudia Gallo had a triple and Abby Tillotson had a double.
SEMO’s run in the fourth inning started with a walk to Messex and a single down the right field line by pinch hitter Madison Harris that advanced Messex to third base. The Redhawks would execute the double steal, allowing Messex to score. With runners then at second and third with two outs, Randi Dae Conway laced a hit to left center but was called out at the plate due to making contact with the ball outside the batter’s box. That out ended the inning and took what would have been a 3-2 SEMO lead off the board.
Mitchell was 2-for-3 in the nightcap for EIU, while Cooper was 2-for-2.
EIU men's basketball adds two for 2018-19
CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men’s basketball has added two players for the 2018-19 season with the signing of Cam Burrell and Josiah Wallace on the first day of the April signing period.
Burrell (6-7, 175) helped Morgan Park HS win back-to-back Illinois Class 3A State Championships, as the forward averaged 17.7 points and 13.1 rebounds per game during his senior season. Morgan Park posted a 25-9 record, playing teams from across the nation with Burrell recording 29 double-doubles in 34 games. He was named the Daily Southtown Player of the Year as a senior, earning first-team All-State honors from both the Champaign News Gazette and Associated Press. During the State Championship weekend in Peoria, Burrell averaged 16.5 points and 9 rebounds in the two games while shooting 75 percent from the field. Burrell connected on an impressive 71 percent from the field during the regular season.
“I think Cam’s numbers and accomplishments speak for themselves. They reflect what a tenacious competitor and energetic player he is,” said EIU head coach Jay Spoonhour. “He comes from a great program and has been coached at a high level by the Irvin’s. I expect him to help us immediately.”
Wallace (6-4, 185) played last season at Olney Central College where the guard ranked 15th in the nation in scoring averaging 21.2 points per game. He had 18 games with 20 or more points and five games with 30 or more points. His season-high was a 39 point game against Elizabethtown College. Wallace scored 37 points in his final game of the season in the NJCAA Regional Tournament. He was named an Honorable Mention JUCO All-American while earning All-Region and All-Conference honors. In addition to his scoring, Wallace averaged 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He connected on 44 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the foul line.
“Josiah had a terrific season. He helped Olney to 21 wins. His ability to score and create offense for his teammates are really outstanding,” said Spoonhour. “I think he’s going to make an impact for us right away.”
Burrell and Wallace join a recruiting class that already includes junior college guards Kashawn Charles (Labette CC) and Shareef Smith (Highland CC) who each signed with EIU during the November signing period. Charles averaged 15.9 points per game. Smith averaged 13 points per game and was named the MVP of the Region 4 Tournament.
Chang named OVC Golfer of the Week
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois junior golfer Daphne Chang was named the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Golfer of the Week after her performance at the Indiana State Spring Invitational. This is Chang's second OVC Golfer of the Week honor this spring.
Chang finished second at the two-day tournament, marking the first top-three finish by an EIU women's golfer since September 2010. In the event impacted by cold, winter weather, the transfer had rounds of 78-73 to finish at 151. Her final round of 73 was the lowest of the day, while her two-round total was her best performance of the year. Chang has now posted four top-ten finishes this season, including three this spring.
Chang was the co-winner of the week with Moa Folke from Murray State. The Panthers return to action next Monday at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.