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AUBURN, Ala. — Eastern Illinois softball fell in both games at the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn Friday morning. The Panthers' fifth-inning rally fell short vs. Villanova as the Wildcats won 13-4. EIU was then shut out by Troy 3-0.

The Panthers are 3-8 on the season and will play another two games tomorrow morning starting with a rematch vs. Troy at 9 a.m.

Game 1

Morgan LaMore led the Panthers vs. Villanova, finishing 2-of-3 at the plate, while Mady Poulter tallied two of EIU's four runs.

Scoring started for both teams in the first inning. After a series of walks from the Villanova pitcher, Poulter scored her first and EIU's first run of the game in the top of the first. The Wildcats tied the game off a single from Julie Dacosta as she tallied an RBI.

Villanova would go on to score five runs in the second, two in the third and another five in the fourth.

Breya Cooper tried to start a fifth-inning rally for the Panthers with a two-run homer to center field to score her and Poulter. LaMore doubled to score Tayler Wullenweber, but EIU fell short falling 13-4 in the fifth inning to Villanova.

Jade Montgomery made the start on the mound for the Panthers, pitching 1.2 innings before Valerie Thompson took over. Thompson and Sydney Cammon split time on the mound for the remainder of the five innings. Montgomery fell to 0-3 on the mound.

Game 2

The Panthers recorded only two hits in the second game of the Tiger Invitational vs. Troy. Wullenweber and McKenna Coffman recorded EIU's hits, each going 1-of-2 at the plate.

Troy tallied two runs in the top of the third and added another in the fifth to secure a 3-0 shutout win over the Panthers.

Coffman pitched all seven innings for EIU falling to 1-1 on the mound. She retired two batters, while Troy's starting pitcher recorded 14 strikeouts on the mound.

Swimmers complete third day of Summit League Championships

Following the third day of competition at the Summit League Championships, the Eastern Illinois men's and women's swimming teams earned a combined 17 top-16 finishes in individual events. The final day of competition begins tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m. (CST), followed by finals at 5 p.m. (CST).

In the 400 Medley Relay, the quartet of Lauren Oostman, Rachel Manderscheid, Julia Martin, and Martee Grainger placed fifth overall at 3:58.74.

Oostman touched the wall eighth in the 100 Back A-Finals at 58.08, while Grace Kennedy took third (11th overall) at 58.51, Katy Black took fourth (12th overall) at 58.63, and Sarah Lohman took seventh (15th overall) at 59.60.

Karleen Gernady took fifth (13th overall) in the 400 IM B-Finals at 4:39.05.

Manderscheid took fifth (13th overall) in the 100 Breast B-Finals at 1:07.44.

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Sabrina Chu touched the wall eighth (16th overall) in the 200 Free B-Finals at 1:57.03.

On the men's side, the quartet of Andrew Crouse, Alex Laleian, Alex Adams, Jake Gleeson took sixth in the 400 Medley Relay A-Finals at 3:28.79.

Greg Hample touched the wall seventh in the 400 IM A-Finals at 4:09.70, while Joel Talley took third (11th overall) in the B-Finals at 4:09.01, and Ethan Dolan took sixth (14th overall) in the B-Finals at 4:11.72.

Scott House took first (ninth overall) in the 100 Back B-Finals at 51.11, while Crouse and Adams both took sixth (14th overall) at 52.01.

Nick Harkins took fourth (12th overall) in the 200 Free B-Finals at 1:42.27, while Griffin Lewis took seventh (15th overall) in the B-Finals at 1:44.29.

Lalein took seventh (15th overall) in the 100-Breast B-Finals at 58.47, while Race Archibald took eighth (16th overall) at 59.16.

EIU grad Brad Tammen named President and GM of Great Lakes Loons

MIDLAND, Mich. — William Stavropoulos, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Great Lakes Loons and Michigan Baseball Foundation, announced the hiring of Brad Tammen as President and General Manager of the Great Lakes Loons, Dow Diamond and ESPN 100.9-FM.

Tammen is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's of science degree in business and marketing.

He has 29 years' experience in professional baseball and collegiate sales, marketing and promotions, including his present role as General Manager of Blue Raider Sports Properties for Learfield IMG College at Middle Tennessee State University.

His professional baseball career includes previous roles as Vice President and General Manager of the Nashville Sounds, (former Triple-A Affiliate, Milwaukee Brewers), Assistant General Manager of the Salt Lake Bees, (Triple-A Affiliate, Los Angeles Angels), and Director of Sales and Marketing of the Oklahoma RedHawks, (former Triple-A Affiliate, Texas Rangers).

"While I've enjoyed each path along my career, my passion is baseball and I truly miss working in the game," Tammen said. "It is a privilege and honor to be selected to lead the Great Lakes Loons, Dow Diamond and ESPN 100.9-FM. The Loons have a talented leadership team in Scott Litle, Chris Mundhenk and Jana Chotivkova, and one of the best staffs in Minor League Baseball and sports radio. I look forward to working with them as we begin a new chapter of excitement, innovation and entertainment in the region."

Tammen will begin his role with the Great Lakes Loons effective early March 2019. He will be joined in Midland by his wife Tammy and their children Adalida, Camden, and Layla following the end of the 2019 school year.

The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team's home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.

Eastern men’s tennis loses

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Dayton defeated Eastern Illinois 4-0 Friday.

Freddie O’Brien and Logan Charbonneau won their doubles match for the Panthers, but Dayton took all the other matches.

Eastern travels to Northern Kentucky for a 4 p.m. match.

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