Ben Fisher launched his NCAA leading 18th home run of the season, but it was not enough as the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team lost to the University of Dayton Flyers, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Earle Combs Stadium.
Dayton took the lead in the top of the second with a three-run inning sparked by a Connor Echols double and a Robbie Doring walk. A throwing error allowed Echols to score, and put the Flyers in position to score runs on consecutive ground outs.
The Colonels (21-16, 7-8 OVC) cut into the lead with a Matt Olive home run in the bottom of the second. It was the first home run of the season for the senior, and it put EKU on the board, 3-1.
After two and a half innings of scoreless baseball, Fisher stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. The Richmond native blasted a ball over the right field wall to bring Eastern within one, 3-2. That, however, was as close as EKU would get.
Tyler Henry pitched three and two thirds innings for the Flyers in relief, allowing only one hit and no runs, shutting down the high-powered EKU offense and securing the 3-2 win for Dayton.
In addition to the Olive and Fisher home runs, Logan Stephens notched two hits for the Colonels.
“Today was about execution, and the lack of it on our end,” said EKU Head Coach Edwin Thompson. “Credit their staff for that though. Our pitchers battled, only letting up three runs, and we were in a spot to tie it in the ninth, but could not get the job done. We have to process this, and move on to our conference series this weekend.”
EKU hits the road to take on Eastern Illinois this weekend. First pitch for the series opener is set for 4 p.m. Friday.
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