‘Breds lose first game on road

Lori Allen/The News Junior Michael Hargrove squares up for a bunt in the Sunday win over Eastern Illinois.
Lori Allen/The News Junior Michael Hargrove squares up for a bunt in the Sunday win over Eastern Illinois.

Lori Allen/The News
Junior Michael Hargrove squares up for a bunt in the Sunday win over Eastern Illinois.

The ’Breds were able to plate five against the No. 13 Ole Miss Rebels Wednesday afternoon but ultimately fell at Swayze Field.

Murray State (14-16, 8-7 OVC) put three on the board in the fourth inning to kick off the scoring.

Junior Kollin Dowdy doubled down the right field line, scoring freshman Tyler Lawrence and junior Anthony Bayus.

Lawrence and Bayus were walked and advanced on a passed ball before Dowdy’s two RBI double.

Dowdy then advanced to third on a groundout by junior Michael Hargrove before crossing the plate on a Dalton West groundout to the first baseman.

However, the Rebels came storming back in the home half of the fourth.

Ole Miss outdid the ’Breds, scoring six runs off six hits.

The Rebels were also added by a Murray State error that led to four unearned runs.

Both clubs had one, two, three innings in the fifth but the ’Breds could not keep the Rebels off the board.

Ole Miss added another in the sixth and seventh innings.

Murray State pushed two more across the plate in the seventh but could not recover from the deficit.

Senior Cameron Finch (3-3) started on the mound for the Racers. Finch pitched 3.1 innings before being relieved by sophomore Cody Maerz.

The ’Breds six pitchers combined to give up just four earned runs, two walks and struck out four.

The 8-5 loss to Ole Miss made it two in a row for Murray State after dropping two out of three to Eastern Illinois this past weekend.

The Panthers took the first game 10-9 in 13 innings and the third game 14-3 to give them the series win.

Murray?State earned its own extra inning win in game two, defeating Eastern Illinois 4-3 in 10 innings.

The ’Breds came back twice in the second contest after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning.

Bayus tied the game in the third with a two RBI triple, scoring McGown and Taylor Mathews.

The Panthers scored in the top of the tenth but were not able to keep the Racers off the board.

Both Dowdy and Hargrove drew bases loaded walks to give Murray State the win.

Freshman John Lollar earned his first victory of his ’Breds career.

Murray State stays on the road as it travels to Jacksonville State for a three game series today through Sunday.

 

Staff Report