EKU comeback falls just short, loses 5-4 to Western Carolina

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Eastern Kentucky University senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando launched a two-run home run to pull EKU withing one in the top of the ninth, but Western Carolina stopped the Colonels comeback one run short. EKU dropped the series finale 5-4 and fell to 1-2 on the season. Ottrando’s ninth-inning two-run blast was his fourth home run of the series.

On the mound freshman right-handed starting pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after allowing three runs in four and two-third innings. Bazzani was making his EKU debut. Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez and junior left fielder Ryan Faidley each drove in a run for the Colonels. (Box Sc0re)

BluGrass Baseball POG: The running for player of the week might officially be over after EKU first baseman Anthony Ottrando launched his fourth home run of the weekend. On the young three-game season, Ottrando is batting .500 with four home runs, nine RBI, four runs scored and two walks.

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EKU blown out 11-4 in first game of season

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Eastern Kentucky University probably wishes its season had waited another day to start after an 11-4 blowout loss to Western Carolina in game one of the 2010 season. Colonels’ senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando launched two solo home runs in the game, but the Western Carolina offense was too much for EKU’s pitching. Starting pitcher  Matt Harris surrendered nine runs, eight earned in three plus innings.

Preseason All-American junior third baseman Jayson Langfels also homered in the game for the Colonels and added two RBI. EKU sophomore designated hitter Jacob Daniel was the only other EKU player to record a hit in the game. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Anthony Ottrando — Lets face it, not a lot went right for EKU in its season opener, but Ottrando did his part. He started the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning, and added his second home run of the game in the sixth. Ottrando hit eight home runs in 2009.