Eastern Kentucky University hit five home runs on its way to clinching the weekend baseball series against rival Morehead State University with a 19-3 victory on Saturday at Turkey Hughes Field.
The Colonels (13-14, 3-5 OVC) won the series opener, 8-6, on Friday. EKU will go for the sweep of the Eagles (16-11, 5-6 OVC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Morehead State came into the game 10th in the nation in scoring and second in the Ohio Valley Conference in home runs. However, with the wind blowing straight out at 30-plus miles per hour throughout the game, it was Eastern Kentucky that hit five home runs compared to one for the visitors.
MSU took the early lead with Trevor Snyder’s 2-run home run in the top of the first inning. EKU held the Eagles to just one run over the next eight innings.
Eastern tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Mandy Alvarez hit a 2-run home run over the wall in right center. Kenny Hostrander’s 2-out double to left later in the inning brought home Shea Sullivan and gave the home team the lead for good.
The Colonels hit a pair of home runs in the second inning. Logan Starnes led off with his first of the season. Two batters later, Kyle Nowlin hit his OVC-best 12th of the season, a 2-run shot over the wall in right field.
After Morehead State closed to within 6-3 in the fourth, Matt Olive gave Eastern Kentucky some additional cushion with a 2-run double in the fifth.
EKU put the game out of reach with eight runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cole Warrenfeltz began the inning with his first home run of the season. He capped the frame by going yard again, this time with a runner on base. His second round tripper of the season, and the inning, gave Eastern a 16-3 lead.
Junior Alex Hamilton (2-3) took care of business on the mound, limiting the high-powered Morehead State offense to three runs on five hits in six innings of work. The left-hander struck out nine batters. MSU starter Aaron Leasher (3-1) came into the game undefeated and sporting a 2.36 ERA. He allowed eight runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He walked six and also struck out nine.
Warrenfeltz finished 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs. Alvarez was 2-for-4 with two walks, three runs and three driven in. Olive had two hits in three at bats, drove in four and scored once.
Ryan Kent had a 3-for-4 day for Morehead State. Snyder finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.
The win marks the first series victory for the Colonels over the Eagles since sweeping three games in 2013.
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