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Baseball Unable to Complete Sweep, Drops Finale to TTU 8-6

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Despite taking an early lead, the Morehead State baseball team was unable to overcome Tennessee Tech’s five-run third inning, dropping the finale 8-6. The Eagles (12-15, 4-2 OVC) saw their five-game winning streak end Sunday, but did take two of three on the road from the Golden Eagles.

Grant Herron (L, 1-2) got the start for Mik Aoki‘s Eagles, and worked two scoreless frames in the first and second, with both innings ending with a double play, the second coming with the bases loaded and one out.

Bryce Ray (2-4) gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, pulling the trigger on a 3-0 pitch from Connor Adams (W, 2-1) and driving it to right-center for his second home run of the season. Ray also singled and advanced to third in the fifth, but was stranded there to end that frame.

Tennessee Tech blew the game open in the bottom of the third; however, as Jason Hinchman blasted a two-run homer to left and gave the hosts a 2-1 lead. Three more runs would cross in the inning, one on a bases-loaded walk, one on a fielder’s choice, and one on an RBI groundout.

Tech plated two more runs and took a 7-1 lead in the fourth thanks to a solo shot by Gabe Lacy and an RBI single from Ryan Guardino, but Will Grimmett came on and struck out Dyer to end the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Morehead State began to chip away at the six-run deficit. Logan Castleman and Alex Jacobs (who extended his on base streak to 25 games and hit streak to 17) both singled to begin the inning before Nick Gooden drove home Castleman and got Jacobs to third on an RBI double to left center. Jacobs and Gooden would both score on a Colton Becker single up the middle to cut the lead to three. Will Grimmett and Andrew Crumbley then worked a scoreless inning in the bottom half.

Tennessee Tech scored in the bottom of the seventh on an infield single, as Isaias Guzman almost made a brilliant play at third to retire Ed Johnson at first, but Johnson beat the throw to score Zach Bondurant from third. John Sherman limited the damage, getting the final out of the inning.

Trailing 8-4 and down to their last six outs, the resilient Eagles didn’t go down without a fight, plating a run on a wild pitch and loading the bases in the eighth, but those three runners were left stranded after Jackson Feltner flew out to deep left field.

In the ninth, Logan Castleman was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on an Alex Jacobs single, before scoring on a sacrifice fly from Nick Gooden. Colton Becker reached on an error to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Bryce Ray, but he struck out to end the contest as Colt Taylor picked up the save.

Morehead State still managed to take two of three from Tennessee Tech, and currently sit in third place in OVC play behind Belmont and Eastern Illinois. The Eagles will travel to Athens, Ohio to play Ohio University on Tuesday before returning home to Allen Field for eight games, beginning with a three-game set with Presbyterian. 

 



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