The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the 13th ranked University of Louisville used a big inning to edge the Colonels in a close ball game, 4-2.

Tyler Romanik got things started for EKU in the first with a single to center field and Alex Holderbach reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for Nick Howie. The sophomore tripled down the right field line to clean the bases and put Eastern ahead early.

The Cardinals found an answer in the bottom of the second, stringing together three hits to push four runs across to take the lead.

In his collegiate debut, Darren Williams dealt four scoreless innings from the hill. The Maysville, Kentucky native faced 14 batters, allowing just two hits and one walk.

The bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings.

Romanik led the Colonels with a pair of hits on the night and collected a run.

Eastern Kentucky will be back in action this weekend as they travel to the University of Virginia for a three-game series. Friday’s contest is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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Morgan Romans

Assistant Director, EKUSports Communications