EIU Beats Murray St., SIUE Drops Game


Published on April 7 2014 1:21 pm
Last Updated on April 7 2014 1:21 pm
Written by Millie Lange

MURRAY, Ky.  – Junior Brant Valach went 3-for-5 with six RBI, three runs and three homers to lead the Panther baseball to a 14-3 win at Murray State on Sunday afternoon. EIU improves to 9-22 on the year and 4-8 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

EIU captured its first OVC series of the year on Sunday as the team also won the series opener, 10-9, in 13 innings on Friday night. Murray State took game two, 4-3, in 10 innings on Saturday. The Thoroughbreds dropped to 14-15 on the year and 8-7 in OVC action.

“We came here to win the series and we did it,” said Eastern Illinois head coach Jim Schmitz. “I was happy with how we came out aggressive with the bats. Joe (Greenfield) and Chase (Thurston) were also outstanding today on the mound.”

The Panthers used a balanced offense as they scored in all but three innings of play. Eight different players also had a hit in the win for EIU.

EIU had six more hits (15-9) than Murray State and left five fewer runners on base (11-6). The Panther defense also did not have any errors for the second consecutive outing while the Thoroughbreds had three miscues.

Southeast Missouri Beats SIUE

CAPE GIRARDEU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri defeated SIUE 12-1 Sunday at Capaha Field to sweep the three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series.

The Cougars fell to 8-7 in OVC play and 10-19 overall. It is the first time the Cougars have been swept in a series since No. 34 Wichita State swept the season-opening series. Southeast Missouri has won seven straight games and is now 21-10 overall and a league-best 13-2 in OVC play.