LAFAYETTE, La. — The Panthers fell to No. 22 Louisiana and Evansville in the last day of the Mardi Gras Classis. The Ragin' Cajuns beat EIU 14-10 in the ninth inning while the Purple Aces won 11-0 in five innings. EIU falls to 2-2 on the season.
Saturday's match-up at ULL was postponed in the top of the fifth inning due to heavy rain with Louisiana leading EIU 5-3. Play resumed Sunday morning and wasn't short of runs as the teams combined for 24 runs total. EIU was first to strike, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Haley Mitchell stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right center scoring Kayla Bear. The Ragin' Cajuns committed two errors in the inning, leading to two more runs for the Panthers.
Louisiana managed to get on the board in the third inning following a four-run fourth inning.
The game was postponed midway through the bottom of the fifth with ULL leading the Panthers 5-3. When play resumed Sunday morning, Maria DeVito set the offensive tone for the remainder of the game as she homered to center field bringing EIU within one.
ULL went on to score four runs in the top of the sixth inning, three of which were unearned.
Bear and Taylor Monahan found their way around the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs for the Panthers. Mady Poulter was credited an RBI for Monahan's score and Bear took advantage of a wild pitch by ULL pitcher Summer Ellyson.
Both teams scored in the seventh inning. Louisiana put up one run to take a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The eighth inning was scoreless for both teams, but Louisiana walked away with a 14-10 win following four hits and four runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Panthers combined for 11 total hits. Monahan led the team with three hits, while Mitchell tallied a team-leading three RBIs.
The Panthers closed out tournament play versus Evansville following their loss to Louisiana.
Evansville scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning off a home run from McKenzie Johnson. The Purple Aces carried Johnson's momentum into the third inning and scored 10 more runs. Evansville recorded a total seven hits in the game.
Bear and DeVito recorded EIU's only hits in the game.
The Panthers will return to action at the Runnin' Bulldog Tournament Feb. 16-18. EIU will play Creighton to open tournament play on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.
EIU women's tennis goes 1-1 over Saturday, Sunday
On Saturday, the Eastern Illinois women’s tennis played the second match of a full weekend slate on Saturday afternoon with the Panthers beating Bradley 5-2.
EIU opened the match winning the doubles point as EIU won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles. The win at No.3 singles by Karla Contreras and Emily Pugachevsky gave the Panthers the doubles point. EIU won 6-3. Stella Cliffe and Grace Summers won 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, EIU extended its lead to 3-0 in the match as Claire Martin won at No. 6 singles by default. Cliffe won at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Sandra Maletin.
Summers would lock up the win for the Panthers at No. 2 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Natalia Barbery.
Contreras won the final point for EIU at No. 5 singles, beating Kinga Kovacs by a score of 7-6 (12-10), 6-2.
On Sunday, EIU wrapped up its third consecutive day of matches with a 4-3 loss at the University of Indianapolis. UIndy entered the weekend ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Division II ranks.
The Panthers fell behind 1-0 to start as they lost all three doubles matches.
The match would come down to the final contest as EIU picked up wins at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Slaria won 6-3, 6-3 over Mara Hofstetter at No. 4 singles. Karla Contreras beat Chloe Weihs at No. 5 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Martin won at No. 6 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-3 over Pam Brito Torres.
UIndy picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles leaving the deciding match at No. 2 singles.
EIU fell to 3-7 on the year after going 1-2 this past weekend. EIU returns to action next weekend at Chicago State and Northern Illinois. Indianapolis improved to 3-1.