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EIU Baseball outscored by Tennessee Tech in series finale

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In their series finale against Tennessee Tech (28-20, 12-9 OVC), the Eastern Illinois baseball team (15-27, 9-12 OVC) was defeated 16-14 on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers led by as many as four runs but were unable to hold off a potent Golden Eagles offense, which exploded for 13 runs over their final four at-bats.

Tech struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the opening frame on a Troy Baunsgard RBI double and Preston Ford sacrifice fly.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as a basesloaded single came by Dylan Drumke the game quickly became even in the second inning.

With bishops now on the corners, Quad Peters delivered a single to drive home Tyler Castro and put EIU in charge.

After a Lucas Loos walk, Cole Gober doubled down the third base line to score a few more runs and extend the Panthers’ early lead to 5-2.

After TTU got a point back in the third, Lucas Loos responded with a solo home run in the fourth to cut the lead to three.

Eastern scored another run in the fifth with one Tyler Castro RBI single that made it 7-3.

Tech closed the gap in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of round trippers, yielding three runs, but EIU came right back in the sixth with two more runs to make it 9-6.

TTU stayed hot in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four runs to regain the lead before scoring two more in the seventh to extend their lead to 12-9.

In the eighth, Lucas Loos took the lead with his second homerun of the afternoon. It was his team-leading 16th long ball of the season.

However, the Golden Eagles broke away in the bottom of the eighth with four more runs, including a Mack Whitcomb three-run homer.

Those insurance runs proved valuable for TTU, as a Dylan Drumke RBI single followed by a Quad Peters single set up Lucas Loos for his third home run of the day.

The three-run shot narrowed the deficit to 16-14, but TTU reliever Jaxson Pease was able to end the rally with a strikeout and secure the series victory.

Lucas Loos was a perfect 5-5 on the day as he had a pair of singles in addition to his three home runs. His reached-base streak now stands at 38 games and he became the first Panther to homer three times in a game since Brant Valach at Murray State on April 6, 2014.

In the meantime, Dylan Drumke And Cole Gober both recorded a pair of hits with three RBIs each.

Quad Peters, Trenton PallasAnd Grant Lashure also recorded two-hit performances, with Peters adding an RBI to his day.

Next up for EIU is a trip to Evanston to face Northwestern on Tuesday at 3 p.m. They then head to Indianapolis for another midweek game against Butler on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before returning home for a Senior Weekend series against Morehead State. Game one is scheduled for Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m