The Eastern Kentucky University softball team lost a pair of contest on opening day Friday in Elon, North Carolina.
EKU fell to Longwood University, 10-1, in the opener before falling to Elon University, 7-5, in the second game of the day.
The Colonels got off to a hot start in game two, plating four runs in the top half of the third inning after a two-run home run by Destinee Lizzmore, her second in as many contests, and a double by Hannah Clark to take a 4-0 lead.
Emily Corbitt doubled through the right side to bring home Lizzmore to extend the Eastern lead to 5-2 after three and a half innings.
That is when Elon got the bats going. The Phoenix scored five unanswered runs over the fourth and fifth innings to erase a 5-2 deficit.
Rebecca Murray doubled to right center to bring home two, followed by a RBI single from Erica Serafini to tie the game 5-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lauryn Clark sent a home run over the right center field fence to give Elon a 7-5 lead.
EKU threatened in the top half of the seventh inning. Sammi Miller got it going with a double into the left center gap. Carly Robinson and Mattira Morales each walked to load the bases with two outs. The rally ended with a fly out to left field.
Lizzmore went 3-for-4 with one double, one home run and two RBIs. Miller was 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI.
Murray was 2-for-4 with one double and two RBIs on the night for Elon.
EKU could not get much going in game number one against Longwood.
The Lancers got on the board early after a RBI single by Karleigh Donovan to give them the early 1-0 lead. They weren’t done scoring. Alexis Wayland came home after a throwing error to take a 2-0 lead, which would be enough for the Lancers.
Lizzmore hit her first home run of the day and the season to start the bottom of the first inning to cut into the lead, 2-1, but the Colonels never got closer.
Longwood scored two more in the third, five more in the fourth and one more in the fifth to put the run rule into effect.
EKU only managed one hit in the contest. Longwood racked up 11 hits on the day.
The Colonels will be back in action on Saturday when they face Appalachian State at noon.