EIU baseball loses first game of series
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Panthers fell 5-1 to the fifth ranked team in the nation, Arkansas, on Friday. Will Klein got his debut as a starter where all eyes were on him. Klein showed why he is considered the best draft prospect in the OVC after throwing in the high 90's. Klein ended his day with seven strikeouts. Grant Emme led the team in hits with two. Matt Waznis and Christian Pena were the only other Panthers to notch a hit. Klein (0-1) takes the loss, despite having an outing that has people talking.
The Panthers record started with a loss (0-1), as the Razorbacks start the series with a win (1-0). EIU is back Saturday with the debut of Trevor Nicholson. The game starts at 2 p.m. at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
Emme led off for the Panthers with a single up the right side. Emme was the only player to get a hit in the top of the first, but was caught stealing third base, which ended the first for the Panthers offense. Klein walked the lead-off man, and after an errant pick-off attempt had a man on second. Klein allowed a single which allowed Arkansas to score. Arkansas followed that by hitting into a double play which finished the inning with Arkansas leading 1-0 going into the second inning.
Klein continued to throw in the 90's in the bottom of the fifth inning, and held off one of the top teams in the country. He let up a hit up the right field gap after sitting down seven straight Razorbacks. Klein threw a fastball on the inside and let up a no-doubter. Klein followed by facing the Kjerstad, who hit another homer. Klein got out of the inning with a fly-out to left field. Arkansas pushed the lead to 4-0.
Klein was relieved by Blayke Cutts in the sixth after a great outing for his debut.
The Panthers notched their second hit of the game in the seventh inning : a little bloop into center from Emme. Emme stole second and after a deep shot from Pena, advanced to third. Matt Mackey hit it towards the shortstop who missed it and Emme scored on an error. Noland was relieved and Arkansas brought in Denton. Cutts pitched two quick outs, but let up a homer against Kjerstad, his second of the game.
Waznis got his single in the eighth and Pena in the ninth.
Two finish first for EIU track
CHARLESTON - The Eastern Illinois men's & women's track and field teams had two first-place finishes at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., one by the men's team and one by the women's team.
The men were led by Brady Webb and Joe Smith in the long jump at the Grand Valley State Big Meet. Webb placed first in the event with a jump of 22-7 and Smith was right behind him with a leap of 22-3 3/4 to finish in second.
Other top 20 finishers were, Shandall Thomas in the 60-meter dash, he placed seventh with a time of 6.90. In the 400 Riley Baker placed 11th with a time of 48.61, teammate Tadiwa Mhonde finished 12th with a time of 48.72. Preston Skinner placed ninth in the 600 with a time of 1:23.95.
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In the mile, Nick Oakley finished in eighth place with a time of 4:10.96. At the Iowa State Classic Dustin Hatfield placed 19th with a time of 14:18.91 in the 5000 which moves him up to number seven on the EIU All-time list.
In the 4x400 the Panthers placed fourth with a time of 3:15.16. Bradley Olysav placed third in the shot put with a throw of 48-2 1/4.
The women were led by MaKenna Wilson with a first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 48-0. With that throw, Wilson moves up to number five on the EIU All-time list.
Grace Rowan placed 14th in the 3000 with a time of 9:51.14 which moves her up to number two spot on the EIU All-time list. Newcomer Lindsey Carlson placed 15th in the 3000 with a time of 9:52.24, which puts her right behind Rowan on the EIU All-time list in third.
Other top 20 finishers were Danielle Frank in the 60-meters in 14th place with a time of 7.76. In the 200 Frank placed 24th with a time of 24.90 which puts her on the EIU All-time list at number five.
In the 60-meter hurdles Shanisa Stinson placed 11th with a time of 8.89 and Akiya Kollore placed 19th with a time of 9.00. In the 4x400 the Panthers placed ninth with a time of 3:56.16.
The Panthers are back in action Friday, Feb. 2, at home as they host the EIU Friday Night Special in the final meet before the OVC Conference Championships.
NKU men's tennis edges EIU, 4-3
CHAMPAIGN—Eastern Illinois men’s tennis won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead on Friday afternoon before Northern Kentucky rallied with four wins in singles to beat the Panthers 4-3 at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign.
EIU fell to 7-5 on the season while NKU improved to 2-4.
EIU secured the doubles point winning at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Freddie O’Brien and Christos Kyrillou played at No. 2 doubles picking up a 6-2 decision. The Panthers claimed the point when Gertjan De Wilder and Gage Kingsmith posted a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles.
NKU won the first three points in singles play collecting wins at No. 2, 4 and 5 singles.
Cameron Slabbert brought the score in the match to 3-2 in favor of NKU with his win at No. 6 singles. Slabbert won 6-3, 6-4.
The Norse edged EIU with a win at No. 3 singles before O’Brien won the final point of the match at No. 1 singles for EIU. O’Brien won a three-set affair 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.