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EIU men's golf places 13th at Bethune-Cookman Spring Invite

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Eastern Illinois men’s golf team played its first event of the spring season as the Panthers finished 13th at the Bethune-Cookman Gary Freeman Spring Invitational on Friday. The 54-hole event was played at the LPGA International Hills Course in Daytona Beach with the layout covering 6,984 yards and a Par 72.

The Panthers improved their team score each day as they were competing outside for the first time since November. EIU closed with a round of 317 after opening play on Thursday with a score of 331.

Marcello Verdolin had the best score of the opening round as he shot a 79 during the first 18 holes. He would close play on Friday with a round of 78 as he was one of two EIU players to post a 54-hole total of 241 and tie for 57th.

Pierce Allord had a round of 78 on Thursday afternoon as he finished tied for 57th with a score of 241. Nick Nguyen, playing as one of two individuals for EIU, was tied for 63rd in the field with a 54-hole total of 242. His best round was on Friday with a 79.

Charlie Adare, Romeo Perez and Sebastian Olrog rounded out the scored Panthers golfers. Adare was tied for 68th, Perez tied for 70th and Olrog tied for 79th. Perez was one of two EIU players to shoot a round of 77, the lowest of the event for EIU. Perez had his round of 77 on Thursday.

Connor Poffinbarger was the final EIU golfer in the field as an individual. He finished 82nd with a total of 259. Poffinbarger posted a round of 77 on Thursday.

EIU remains in Florida for the early portion of spring break as the Panthers will play Monday and Tuesday at the Butler Benbow Classic in Jacksonville.

EIU Falls in Extras to Jacksonville State University

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JACKSONVILLE, AL — The Eastern Illinois baseball team opened up conference play at Jacksonville State on Friday. The Panthers were able to tie the game late and take the Gamecocks into extra innings. Jacksonville State was able to secure the first game of the series with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th.

With the loss, EIU drops to 3-8 (0-1 OVC), while JSU advances to 6-9 (1-0 OVC).

The Panthers opened up conference play strong with a leadoff home run by Jimmy Govern. The homer marks the first home run for Govern in the 2019 season.

The Gamecocks responded in the bottom of the second inning when Chase Robinson would hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field.

Govern earned his second RBI of the afternoon tying up the game at two in the top of the third inning when he grounded out to short to drive in Grant Emme.

Jacksonville State answered back with two outs in the bottom of the third when Andrew Naismith drove a three run triple down the right field line.

Christian Pena had two RBIs throughout the fourth and sixth innings. Pena drove in his first RBI in the top of the fourth with a single to right field. In the top of the sixth, Pena drove an RBI single to center to drive in Jimmy Huber.

The Panthers were able to tie the game in the top of the seventh. The panthers were able to tie the game up on a Ryan Knernschield single to the pitcher. Govern was able to score on the single due to a throwing error.

Cole Frederick was able to walk it off in the bottom of the 12th inning with a lead off homer to left field.

Contact Mike Monahan at (217) 238-6854.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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