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Men's and women's tennis beat Millikin

CHAMPAIGN — Eastern Illinois men's and women's tennis opened its weekend of play with both teams, defeating Millikin University on Friday afternoon at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign.

The EIU men won 6-1 to improve to 7-8 on the season. Millikin dropped to 3-3.

The EIU women won 7-0 to win their third straight match and improve to 6-4 on the year. Millikin fell to 3-11.

The Panther men opened play winning all three doubles matches to clinch the first point. Freddie O'Brien and Logan Charbonneau earned a 6-1 win at number two doubles.

In singles play, EIU won at number one, two, three, four and six singles. Charbonneau won the first point in singles play as he picked up a win due to retirement.

Daniel Hernandez won in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, at number three singles and O'Brien won in two sets, 6-4, 6-4, at number one singles to clinch the match.

Gertjan De Wilder and Gage Kingsmith rounded out the EIU men's players with wins at number six and number two singles respectively.

In the women's match, the Panthers jumped out quickly winning all three doubles matches by scores of 6-0.

In singles play the Panthers won each singles match with a straight set victory. Claire Martin at number four singles and Karla Contreras at number six singles both won by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

Shelby Anderson won at number five singles by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Rachel Papavasilopoulos, Srishti Slaria and Abby Carpenter won playing in number one through three singles.

Both EIU teams will return to action on Saturday afternoon playing at North Central College.

Softball falls in opening day at Lipscomb

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NASHVILLE — Eastern Illinois softball dropped two games Friday at the Purple & Gold Challenge hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville. The Panthers fell 3-1 in game one of the day vs. Miami (OH) and came up short to Lipscomb falling 5-3. The Panthers are now 3-12 to start the season.

EIU will play two more games tomorrow starting with a rematch at Lipscomb at 3 p.m. The final game of the weekend will be at 5:30 p.m. vs. Appalachian State.

Game 1

The Panthers fell in game one 3-1 to Miami (OH). Mady Poulter, Breya Cooper, and Kendyl McKeough combined for EIU's three hits in the game.

EIU scored their only run of the game in the first inning. Cooper singled through the right side advancing Poulter to third base. Poulter would go on to score on a throwing error by the right fielder. Miami scored the game-winning run in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Ashton Slone. They added another run in the sixth to secure the win.

McKenna Coffman made the start on the mound falling to 1-3 this year. Sydney Cammon saw 1.2 innings of action. Both retired one batter each.

Game 2

The Panthers fell in another close match-up to end the day. Lipscomb beat EIU 5-3.

Lipscomb jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the end of the third inning after scoring three in the first and one in the second and third innings.

Megan Burton, Mia Davis, and Morgan LaMore all scored in the top of the sixth inning in an attempt to rally EIU's offense, but Lipscomb would hold strong in the final inning walking away with the win.

Burton and Tayler Wullenweber both hit triples in the game while Davis homered for the Panthers. Burton also had EIU's only stolen base.

Jade Montgomery pitched the whole game for the Panthers recording two strikeouts as she falls to 0-7 on the mound.

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