The ’Breds held an early two run advantage on the road against Arkansas State but could not hold on.
Murray State (18-24, 10-11 OVC) eventually fell 7-6 to the Red Wolves Tuesday. The Racers led 5-3 through the fourth inning, but Arkansas State came back shortly afterward to claim the lead for good.
Sophomore Dalton West doubled home junior Michael Hargrove with two outs in the second inning to open the scoring.
Murray State then looked to run away with the game, scoring four runs in the fourth.
However, Arkansas State took the lead in the next inning, striking for three runs. It then plated three more in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The ’Breds scored one run in the ninth, but the next two batters struck out to end the inning, leaving junior Matt McGown and sophomore Pokey Harris stranded on second and third, respectively.
Junior Anthony Bayus, freshman Clay Kelly, senior Ty Stetson, McGown and sophomore Taylor Mathews all tallied RBIs in the contest.
The three Murray State pitchers combined to strike out eight Red Wolves while only walking four.
The loss comes after the ’Breds claimed only one win in their three-game series against Tennessee Tech over the weekend.
Leading the OVC in home runs, the Golden Eagles were kept from hitting a single long ball in game one but came away with the 5-1 victory.
Murray State came back the next day in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Tennessee Tech with a 6-3 victory.
Junior Brock Downey earned his eighth win of the season by striking out seven and only allowing a three-run home run in the eighth.
The Golden Eagles were too much in the doubleheader finale, beating the ’Breds 10-5 behind three homeruns.
Murray State stays on the road as it travels to Southeast Missouri State for a three-game set against the Redhawks.
The series begins today with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.