College Sports

EKU not happy about 49-1 win

Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks used to say, "Let's play two." But after what happened in the first game of a college doubleheader, both coaches agreed: "Let's not."

Eastern Kentucky played Kentucky State on April Fools' Day, and the result was no joke: EKU led 49-1 when the teams stopped it after five innings. They canceled the second game.

"I've never seen it in my 25 years of experience," Kentucky State Coach Lamar Johnson said. "It was inexplicable, to be honest with you."

There appeared to be no hard feelings after the blowout. Johnson praised the winners for good sportsmanship, and put the blame on his overmatched team.

EKU began substituting during its 22-run first inning. Coach Jason Stein said the rout was unfortunate and would not accept a forfeit for the canceled second game.

"Our kids were very classy," Stein said.

EKU's official athletic Web site omitted the final score and game details in its recap.

"Our kids were very classy," Stein said.

EKU's official athletic Web site omitted the final score and game details in its recap.

The game would have set a Division I record, but Kentucky State is in Division II. The biggest rout in Division II history was a 71-1 victory by St. Francis over Robert Morris on April 2, 1996.

After Kentucky State got a run in the top of the first, EKU scored 22 times in the bottom half. EKU scored five runs in the second inning and 19 more in the third. Eastern finished with 38 hits and five homers.

After leadoff man Matt Davis drew a walk and stole two bases, Stein put up the stop sign, to avoid the perception of running up the score.

"The nature of baseball is you've got to just hit it. ... All we could do was just play station to station," Stein said.

Kentucky State made nine errors, and Johnson said that was "generous" official scoring. His team starts seven freshmen.

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