Story by Mark McFarland, Assistant Sports Editor
Despite having four separate start times in Wednesday night’s game, the Racer baseball team defeated Southern Illinois University Carbondale 7-3.
The Racers and Salukis were slated to start their game at 6 p.m., but didn’t start until 7:20 p.m. due to weather. In theird first meeting the Salukis won 5-4 in an eight inning rain shortened game. Sophomore catcher and infielder Kipp Moore said the team took exception to the game being shortened by rain.
“It was good, we felt like we kind of got jipped a little bit by cutting us off in the eighth inning over there with the rain,” Moore said. “It was big time for us, we felt like they had a little revenge coming.”
The Racers scored seven runs on 10 hits, while the Salukis scored three runs on seven hits. Murray State took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off a double from Kipp Moore and a single from senior infielder Nick Moore. The Salukis would tie it up in the fourth inning, but the Racers scored three more in the fifth and did not look back from there. Head Coach Kevin Moulder said he was proud of his guys to come back from a tough game last Sunday.
“It was a big game for us, a regional rival,” Moulder said. “Anytime we play SIU this is a game we want to get and also we want to head down to Jacksonville on a the right foot, so tonight was a big game for doing so.”
The Racers were led by Moore’s 2-4 performance with four RBIs. He was followed by junior first baseman Ramsey Scott who also went 2-4 with a double, two RBIs and a walk. Sophomore infielder Caleb Hicks finished the game 2-5.
The Racers will travel to Jacksonville, Alabama this weekend to face the second place team in the conference Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks are 9-0 in the conference as the Racers are 5-7.