Baseball team to host Bellarmine for home opener

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

After a long road stint to open the season, the Eastern baseball team will play its first home game of the season Tuesday when they host Bellarmine at 2:30 p.m.

The Panthers come home with a 7-5 record this season, having just taken a three-game series against Kansas State over the weekend.

Eastern won the last two games against the Wildcats, winning 6-5 Saturday and taking Sunday’s finale 14-7.

Redshirt-sophomore shortstop Trey Sweeney drove in two runs in each of the three games against Kansas State and was named OVC Player of the Week Monday for his efforts.

In his last five games, Sweeney slashed .400/.478′.800 with a double, a home run, 2 triples 2 stolen bases, 5 runs scored and 8 RBI.

Sweeney leads the OVC in slugging, RBI, runs scored and total bases this season. 

Graduate student Dane Toppel leads both the team and the conference this season with his .419 batting average and redshirt-sophomore Logan Eickhoff leads the OVC with 18 hits.

Some of Eastern’s top pitchers this season have been redshirt-sophomore Cameron Doherty and redshirt-junior Trevor Nicholson.

Doherty currently ranks fourth in the conference with a 2.19 ERA while Nicholson ranks sixth with an ERA of 2.70.

Nicholson also ranks fourth in innings pitched (16.2) and second in strikeouts (21).

Doherty, along with redshirt-senior Alex Stevenson, is tied for the conference lead with 2 saves this season.

 

Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]