Baseball hosts senior day against Western Ill. Tuesday
Eastern Illinois (30-18, 10-11 OVC) vs. Western Illinois (7-41, 4-17 SUMMIT)
Charleston, Ill. | Coaches Stadium
First game | Tuesday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.
Watch | Live statistics
IN DRAFT: Eastern Illinois Baseball hosts Western Illinois on Tuesday as the EIU hosts its senior day for its seven graduating seniors. This will be the second time the Panthers will face the Leathernecks this season as EIU beat WIU last week by a final score of 7-6. EIU is currently 30-18 after going 1-3 last week, including being swept by Ohio Valley conference opponent Belmont in a tough series. They drop to 10-11 in the conference, which is good for sixth place. Western Illinois is coming off a 1-3 week and won a game against OVC opponent Murray State in Murray, Ky. WIU is currently ranked seventh in the Summit League.
THE PANTHERS PLAY THE FINAL SERIES AWAY: The Panthers lost their final away series of the season after traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to face the Belmont Bruins. Belmont was able to win all three games in the series, marking the second time this season that EIU has been swept in an OVC series.
In the series, outfielder Sean Lynch Jr. came off the bench going 3-5 in the series, including a pair of SAC flies that brought in two runs in Game 3 of the series. Lynch hit .600 in the two games he started last weekend. Help and Lucas DiLuca both picked up four hits in the series.
jesse wainscott dominated the first game of the series in relief of the starting pitcher Trevor Nicholson. He pitched four scoreless innings while allowing just two hits. Wainscott managed to strike out seven in his four innings on the job and held his opponents to a .154 batting average.
Game 2 managed to go into extra innings as the Panthers rallied to tie the game at two a play in the seventh inning. reliever Hayden Birdsong managed to keep the Bruins off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, but gave up a 10th-inning home run to John Behrends to end the game 2-3.
SENIOR DAY: The Eastern Illinois baseball program will recognize seven graduating seniors ahead of Tuesday’s game. The seniors are: #3 Help#8 Trevor Nicholson#ten Dalton Doyle#16 Cameron Doherty#27 Jason DeCicco#35 Kyle Langand #44 Jalen Cardinal. EIU Baseball would like to thank the seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program over the years.
TOP TEN OVC: Several Panthers are currently in the top ten for various batting and pitching categories. Trevor Nicholson posted a 4.70 ERA (7th OVC), 0.258 opp. batting average (6th OVC), and has 86 strikeouts this year (1st OVC). He’s allowed just 61 hits this season (7th-fewest) while giving up fifth-fewest in runs (36) and sixth-fewest in earned runs (32) in the conference. His strikeouts per nine innings are ranked 46th at 12.62 in the NCAA, and his 83 strikeouts rank 52nd.
thrower friend Zane Robbins had 11 saves this season following EIU’s win over Illinois Wesleyan. He set the new EIU saves record in a single season after winning his 11th. Robbins is second in the OVC in saves with 11 and sixth in games finished with 16. Robbins is tied for 10th in the NCAA with 11 saves this season.
by Lucas DiLuca The .322 batting average is third on the team. He currently has a .447 on-base percentage which is third on the team. DiLuca ranks third in the conference in hits per throw with 11. He is currently one of four Panthers with at least 50 hits (59) and has had at least 30 RBIs. lincoln riley has been consistent in getting on base for EIU this season. He leads the team in walks (33), stroke per pitch (18) and is first in on-base percentage (.469). His ob% ranks third in the OVC and 80th in the NCAA, he is sixth in walks and first in shots made. Riley is also 20th in the NCAA in hbp with 18.
Since returning to the lineup, Ryan Igniffo has been on a hitting streak, including hitting four home runs against Murray State, a grand slam against TTU two weeks ago and a home run last week against Belmont. He ranks first on the team in batting average (.404), hits (67), slugging percentage (.747), doubles (15), home runs (14) and RBIs (56). In the OVC, he ranks first in batting average, second in slugging, 10th in hits, sixth in RBIs, sixth in homers, and seventh in doubles. In the NCAA, he ranks 14th in batting average, seventh in hits per game (1.72), fifth in runs scored per game (1.44), and 15th in slugging percentage. Ignoffo has also reached base safely in 32 straight games for EIU.
PRESEASON PANTHERS: Eastern Illinois’ Logan Eickoff and Cameron Doherty both won All-OVC preseason earlier this offseason. Eickhoff was chosen at the utility position while Doherty was chosen for the relief pitch. Eickhoff played 31 games, making 26 starters in the outfield. He was among the OVC’s leaders with a .435 batting average before suffering a midseason injury. Eickhoff returned April 30 to SIUE and finished the season hitting .423 to become the 23rd player in program history to hit .400 or better in a season. He held a .463 on-base percentage and a .514 hitting percentage. Doherty went 3-2 with a team-high five saves on the season. He finished the season with a 3.45 ERA in 75.2 innings of work. He was also selected as the OVC Preseason Pitcher of the Year for his performance last season.
SERIES HISTORY: The Panthers currently win the all-time series over the Western Illinois Leathernecks 81-51-1. The Panthers first played in Western Illinois in their inaugural season in 1960 in which W. Illinois won two of the Panthers’ three games when they faced off in the IIAC. The Panthers haven’t played in Western Illinois since the 2012 season when EIU lost 1-11 at Macomb. Last week, EIU defeated Western by a final score of 7-6 for its first win over WIU since the 2006 season.
RESEARCH REPORT: Nick Mitchell leads the Leathernecks at home plate as he hits .337 this season with 56 hits, four doubles and 26 RBIs. He has played 42 games this season while starting 41 of them. Kory Olsen leads the team in doubles with 10 and is second on the team in RBIs with 25. Jace Warkentien has pitched in 68.2 innings this season for Western. He has a 6.03 ERA and a 2-6 record this season.
ON THE BRIDGE: The Panthers will play their last home stand of the season as they host SEMO starting Thursday, May 19. EIU will play Thursday-Saturday instead of its normal Friday-Sunday schedule. The first throw will take place at 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Live statistics will be available.