RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University baseball Colonels defeated the Bradley University Braves Saturday, 13-1, behind a strong outing from preseason All-American Christian Friedrich. The junior southpaw cruised through six innings of two-hit, no-run baseball, while fanning nine batters. With the win, The Colonels improve their record to 3-0-1, while the Braves drop to 2-2.
“Christian pitched very well today,” head coach Elvis Dominguez said. “He came out and set the tone for us early.”
Already ahead 1-0, the Colonels got things going in the bottom half of the second when freshman Jayson Langfels drilled his third triple of the season down the right field line, scoring junior Tyler Rehmel. Langfels would later score on a groundout by junior Aaron Barrows, putting the Colonels up 3-0 at the end of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Ryan Faidley doubled to center field to start the inning, and was later driven in by a two-out single to right from Barrows. The next batter, senior Tyler Barnett, ripped a double to right center scoring Barrows and senior Joe Oliver and putting the Colonels up 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Colonels tacked on seven more runs. Faidley ripped an RBI double down the left field line to score the first. That was followed by two-run single to right center from Rehmel and then an RBI single through the right side from Oliver. Finally, Barrows capped off the Colonel scoring for the day, blasting a three run home run to right center and putting the Colonels up 13-0.
“We got some timely hitting, especially early,” Dominguez said. “A lot of different guys had key hits for us throughout the day.”
Junior Eric Hash came on in relief of Friedrich in the seventh, and gave up a run off a sacrifice fly from Braves’ shortstop Rob Elliot. But that was all Bradley would get. Two freshmen, Paul Duncan and Matt Fyffe, pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively for the Colonels, neither giving up a hit or a run.
Bradley starter Brad Altbach went 4.1 innings, giving up 10 earned runs on nine hits. He was spelled by Bryan Porter and Spencer Hahn, who gave up only a combined one run on four hits.
Offensively, the Colonels were led by Faidley, who finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Barrows, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs.
The Colonels will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 2, when they take on the Braves again in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Both games will last seven innings.