The Falcon baseball team fell to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9-0 on Wednesday afternoon, the first time that the team has been shut out in a game this season.
“We looked like a tired ball club,” Falcons head coach Danny Schmitz said. “Maybe it was the back to back weekends with the long bus trips, but we just didn’t have the energy like we had brought. Out of the eight games we’ve played so far this year, this was by far our worst game.”
The first inning saw Eastern Kentucky jump out to the early lead with an RBI groundout, then doubling the advantage in the second with a run coming across on a fielding error to take a 2-0 lead. The third inning saw Eastern Kentucky add to the lead even more with a three run home run, followed by another three run homer in the fourth as they took an 8-0 lead. Eastern Kentucky tacked on another run in the eighth on an RBI groundout to go on to take the 9-0 victory.
“We’ve been swinging the bats pretty good of late,” Schmitz said. “But tonight, we hit a couple of balls hard early but they were at people and then after that we only had five or six hits so we really didn’t do a whole lot. We didn’t threaten at all to score, I think we only got a guy in scoring position once or twice…I’ve been proud of our guys over the first seven games in the way they brought the energy and they were really into it and played hard, but tonight we were just flat.”
The Falcons also exclusively used relief pitchers on the mound throughout the game to allow their starters to rest for the upcoming series in North Carolina, however, the team believes that they will have to improve on control going into that series.
“I talked with the relievers on Tuesday and said that we’ve got to stop walking people,” Schmitz said. “We had 10 walks again tonight and hit two people, so that’s 12 free runners. The last five innings of our relievers in the second game of the doubleheader Sunday, we walked eight guys and hit two more. If you put that many guys on base and can’t defend against the walk or the hit batsman, you’re only asking for trouble and that’s what happened.”
The team will next play on the road in a series in Raleigh and Buies Creek, N.C. starting on Friday against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Saturday in a doubleheader against the Canisius Golden Griffins and Sunday against the Campbell Fighting Camels.