Eastern snaps losing streak at 11 games

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

At long last the Eastern softball team’s 11-game losing streak came to an end on Saturday after the team beat Morehead State in both games of a doubleheader 9-1 and 12-6.

Hannah Cravens throws a fielded ground ball to first base during the Eastern softball team’s 6-3 loss to Tennessee-Martin April 6 at Williams Field.

JJ Bullock
Hannah Cravens throws a fielded ground ball to first base during the Eastern softball team’s 6-3 loss to Tennessee-Martin April 6 at Williams Field.

Eastern fell to Eastern Kentucky in two games on Sunday 2-1 and 8-2.

The losing streak Eastern was entrenched in began with a loss to Illinois on March 26 and finally ended in authoritative fashion on Saturday.

The Panthers were on the winning side of a mercy-rule victory for the first time this season when they beat the Eagles 9-1 in six innings in game one.

McKenna Coffman pitched well again for Eastern in the win; she threw six innings, giving up just three hits while striking out six batters in the process. Coffman’s ERA is now down to 2.95 this season, she is the only Eastern pitcher with an ERA below four.

Tayler Wullenweber notched three RBIs in game one coming off a two RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

Eastern lit up Morehead State’s pitchers again in game two, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits. Designated hitter Haley Mitchell put together what is arguably the best performance by an Eastern player at the plate all season as she tallied six RBIs in the win. She hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.

Eastern used all four of its pitchers in game two; Sydney Cammon picked up the win, however, throwing 4.1 innings allowing just two runs.

Eastern improved its conference record to 3-11 following the wins over the Eagles, Morehead State fell to 0-10 in conference.

Eastern’s go-around on Sunday against an Eastern Kentucky team that is much better than Morehead State did not produce the same results as Saturday’s games.

Eastern Kentucky scored runs in the second and fourth innings of game one on Sunday and that would be all they would need with Samantha Reynoso dealing on the mound. Reynoso tossed a complete game, gave up just two hits and did not surrender a run until Mia Davis hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning.

Coffman again took the mound for Eastern in game one and again did her part to put her team in a position to win. Coffman threw six innings and gave up just three hits in the loss.

Game two brought back some of the struggles that dogged Eastern during the 11-game losing streak. The Panthers lost 8-2 and used three different pitchers, all of whom produced a mixed bag of results.

Sydney Cammon started the game and threw three scoreless innings before Eastern Kentucky tagged her for two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth inning.

Jenna Robbins came in for Cammon, but she too surrendered three runs to Eastern Kentucky.

Hannah Cravens came in after Robbins and picked up the final out of the game.

The losses to Eastern Kentucky dropped Eastern to 3-13 in OVC play.

JJ Bullock can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]