Baseball takes mid-week tilt against Chicago State

CHARLESTON — The Eastern Illinois baseball team hosted Chicago State for a non-conference mid-week matchup on Tuesday. The Panthers were able to defeat the Cougars 6-3 to improve to 18-19 on the season.

Carson Haws made his third start of the season for the Panthers. Haws improved to 2-0 on the season after tossing six innings with eight strikeouts and one run. Haws kicked off the game striking out four straight Chicago State batters. Alex Stevenson earned his third save of the season after pitching one-third innings with a strikeout.

The Panthers were able to get on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jimmy Govern drove in the Panthers’ first run of the game when he reached on a fielder's choice to score Keith Kerrigan. Grant Emme drove in the second run of the inning with a one-run single up the middle.

Andy Gaytan tied up the game for Chicago State in the top of the seventh with a two-run single up the middle. Ryan Knernschield gave the Panthers the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run single down the right field line. EIU was able to add two more runs to the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Govern one-run double to center and an Emme sacrifice fly.

Eastern Illinois is to travel to Morehead State for an Ohio River Valley Conference game Friday at 4 p.m.

EIU men's golf 8th at WIU Tournament

MACOMB — Eastern Illinois men’s golf wrapped up its final regular season tournament on Tuesday as the Panthers placed eighth at the WIU Beu Mussatto Invite. The tournament was originally scheduled for 54-holes over two days, but a late spring storm on Sunday forced the event on the Par 72, 6,862 yard Harry Mussatto Golf Course to be shortened to a 36-hole event on Tuesday.

Romeo Perez responded in the opening round on Tuesday morning as he held the tournament lead after 18 holes firing a six-under-par 66. The Panthers as a team sat in fifth place following the first 18 holes. The 66 ties for the second lowest round in school history with two other players. Dave Rella has the lowest round in school history after shooting a 65 at Southeast Missouri in September of 1999.

Perez was unable to keep up the hot play in the second round as he finished with a 36-hole total of two over, 140, which placed him in a tie for 14th in the event. As a team, EIU dropped back to finish in eighth place overall as they had a ten shot swing between the two rounds.

Senior Charlie Adare shot rounds of 76 and 79 and was tied for 35th with a 36-hole total of 155. Nick Nguyen shot 160 in the event to tie for 47th.

Marcello Verdolin closed with a round of 76 as he climbed into a tie for 51st with a 36-hole score of 161. Sebastian Olrog was the final EIU scored golfer shooting 164 to finish 57th.

Conner Poffenbarger and Pierce Allord both played as individuals for EIU in the tournament. Poffenbarger shot 159 with a closing round of 75 to finish tied for 43rd. Allord was tied for 54th with a total of 162.

Indian Hills CC won the team title while Jackson Wetherbee of Western Illinois was the individual medalist with rounds of 71 and 68 to finish at five under for the tournament.

EIU wraps up the 2019 season at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships this Sunday-Tuesday in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Scores fall for EIU women's golf at OVC Tournament

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Scores dropped on Tuesday for the Eastern Illinois women’s golf team as they competed in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Golf Championships in Muscle Shoals, Ala. The 54-hole event is being played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Schoolmaster Course at The Shoals.

Senior Daphne Chang had the best round of the day for the Panthers as she climbed into a tie for 26th following a round of 76 that moved her 36-hole total to 157.

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Monique Peterson had the most improved round of the tournament for EIU as she finished with a round of 81 to move into a tie for 38th. Peterson has a 36-hole score of 173.

Anna Moore of Murray State is the 36-hole individual leader while the Racers lead the overall golf tournament by five strokes.

Katlyn Hasprey, Makenzie O’Brien and Sara Guetersloh rounded out the EIU women’s golfers in the field. Hasprey is 41st with a 36-hole total of 175. O’Brien carded her second straight round of 88 to sit in 42nd with a 36-hole score of 176. Guetersloh is 45th at the event with a 36-hole total of 201.

Track gets 16 top-three finishes at Illinois

Eastern Illinois track and field had a successful Saturday competing at the Illini Twilight with the Panthers posting 16 top three individual finishes including a win by senior Jasmine Woodley in the women's hammer.

Woodley won the event with a throw of 172-1. She edged teammate MaKenna Wilson, a Charleston grad, by seven inches in the event as Wilson had a second-place effort of 17-6". It proved to be one of three second-place finishes for Wilson on the day. Wilson was second in the shot put with a mark of 43-10.75. She was second in the discus with a throw of 143-10 which ranks ninth on the EIU career list. Marie Koch was third in the discus with a mark of 142-9.

On the track, the EIU men were led by Jekeel Suber with a second place finish in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Suber's time was 14.57. Riley Baker was third in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.10.

Payton Powell and Tadiwa Mhonde both had second-place finishes for the Panther men in sprints. Powell was second in the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 21.91. Mhonde was second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.88.

Avani Flanagan was third in the women's steeplechase with a time of 11:16.58. The time ranks tenth on the EIU career top ten list. Grace Rowan was second in the women's 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:39.12.

The EIU women tacked on three more top-three finishes in hurdles and sprints. Pedra Hicks was second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.54. Kristen Dowell was third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.40. Vivica Coleman was third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.18.

Seniors Kaitlyn Ebert and Joe Smith rounded out the top three finishers for the Panthers in field events. Ebert was second in the women's javelin with a throw of 10-7". Smith was third in the men's triple jump finishing with a mark of 48-2.

Murray State beats women's tennis on Senior Day

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois women's tennis played its final home match of the 2019 season on Saturday as the Panthers lost at home, 6-1, to Murray State. Prior to the match, EIU honored seniors Srishti Slaria and Abby Carpenter.

Murray State picked up the first point of the match winning in doubles at the number two and three positions. Slaria and Rachel Papavasilopoulos had their match at number one doubles left unfinished tied 4-4 when the Racers clinched the doubles point.

The Racers extended their lead to 3-0 with wins at number six and number three singles.

Papavasilopoulos then scored the lone point of the afternoon for the Panthers with a three-set win at number one singles. She won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

EIU falls to 11-9 overall, 2-4 in the OVC. The Panthers will play at UT Martin and Southeast Missouri next weekend.

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