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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Eastern midfielder Chad Hamler tries to beat two opponents to the ball in Easterns match against Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 3 at Lakeside Field. Eastern lost the match 1-0.

Panthers’ returning soccer coach says it’s good to be back

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor July 18, 2022

For the first time in 20 years, Lakeside Soccer Field will welcome home Josh Oakley, who will serve as the new head coach for Eastern’s men’s soccer team.   Oakley is a Mattoon native, who previously...

Pitcher Olivia Price attempts to catch a line drive up the middle during the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against SIUE. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings, with Price picking up the win after pitching 8.1 shutout innings in relief.

Eastern athletics budget analysis, financial hurdles

Lauren Frick, Contributing Writer July 14, 2022

Financial difficulties have been at the forefront of EIU Athletic Director Tom Michael’s eight-year tenure. Michael has faced a substantial budget deficit, a nearly two-year-long budget impasse and the...

Eastern midfielder Munir Sherali keeps the ball away from an opponent in a match against Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 3 at Lakeside Field. Eastern lost the match 1-0.

Josh Oakley returns to coach men’s soccer

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor July 1, 2022

Eastern Athletics announced the hiring of Mattoon native Josh Oakley as the new men’s soccer head coach Wednesday morning, making Oakley the 11th head coach in program history.  The hiring comes...

Trevor Nichols pitched five innings during the Panthers first game of the OVC Tournament against the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars in Lexington, KY. The Panthers lost 8-6 against the Courgars, closing out the season.

Panthers eliminated in first game of OVC Tourney

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 25, 2022

The Eastern baseball team was eliminated from the OVC Tournament Championship Wednesday afternoon after losing to SIUE 8-6.  The Panthers concluded the 2022 season with a 12-12 OVC record and a 33-20...

The Panthers celebrate after winning their last conference game of the season on Friday. The Panthers won one game of the doubleheader, against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks 7-5.

Panthers lock fourth seed in OVC, play Wednesday

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 23, 2022

The Eastern baseball team concluded its regular season over the weekend after taking the series win over Southeast Missouri, setting the stage for the OVC Baseball Championship on Wednesday.  The Panthers...

In the top of the eighth, left, Jason DeCicco, a senior left-handed pitcher, is relieved after Jackson Nichols, a sophomore right-handed pitcher, during the Panthers Senior Day game against the Western Illinois University Leathernecks Tuesday afternoon. After stepping off the mound, DeCicco embraces most of the team exchanging sentiments with them.

Panthers snap losing streak on Senior Day

Autumn Schulz and Rob Le Cates May 17, 2022

The Eastern baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak on Senior Day Tuesday afternoon after beating Western Illinois 6-1.  The Panthers are now 31-18 overall with a 10-11 record in the OVC....

Eastern pitcher Hayden Birdsong releases a pitch against Murray State on April 22 at Laker Baseball Field in Mattoon. Birdsong pitched five innings of relief, allowing just one run while striking out a season-high nine batters. Eastern lost the game 17-10.

Panthers lose weekend series against Belmont

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 15, 2022

The Eastern baseball team could not avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon against Belmont as they dropped the third game 5-3.   The Panthers are fourth in the OVC with a record of 10-11 and an overall...

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Kyle Lang, a senior right-handed pitcher, warms up during the Saturday, May 7 Morehead State Series at Coaches Stadium.(Sandy King | Eastern Athletics)

Panthers fall close in second series game against Belmont

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 14, 2022

The Eastern baseball team lost 3-2 Saturday afternoon during their second game of a three-game series against Belmont.  The Panthers are now 30-17 overall and 10-10 in conference play. The game went...

Eastern pitcher Kyle Lang winds up for a pitch against Bellarmine on March 9, 2021, at Coaches Field. Lang pitched a season-high 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run in an 8-1 Eastern win.

Panthers baseball lose game one of weekend series against Belmont

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 13, 2022

The Eastern baseball team lost 9-5 against Belmont Friday evening to open up a three-game weekend series in Nashville, Tennessee. The Panthers are now 10-9 in conference play and 30-16 overall. Looking...

Alexa Rehmeier, right handed pitcher, and a freshman finance major, winds up her pitch at the softball game against the Murray State Racers Sunday afternoon. The Panthers won two out of three games against the Racers for the series Saturday, April 2, through Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Panthers softball ousted in first OVC Tourney since ’18

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

The Eastern softball team saw their season come to an end Tuesday afternoon as they lost to Tennessee Tech 3-1 in the opening round of the 2022 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Panthers concluded...

Eastern softball coach Tara Archibald talks to the team during the eighth inning during the first game of a doubleheader against SIUE Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings.

Weekend matchups set to shake up OVC softball standings

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 28, 2022

The OVC softball regular season is in its final 10 days. Five weekend conference series are set to be played this weekend, with teams looking to solidifying their seeding for the postseason. First-place...

Pitcher Olivia Price attempts to catch a line drive up the middle during the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against SIUE. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings, with Price picking up the win after pitching 8.1 shutout innings in relief.

Panthers sweep Wednesday doubleheader against SIUE, including 11-inning thriller

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 27, 2022

It took 11 innings, but the Eastern softball team snapped a nine-game losing streak against SIUE at home Wednesday. The 6-5 extra-inning win snapped the streak in the first game of a doubleheader against...

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