Baseball Swept in Cookeville

Murray State fell to Tennessee Tech last weekend in a three-game series to move to 16-19 on the season, 6-9 in conference.

Game 1

On Thursday, April 13 at Bush Stadium, Murray State lost to Tech by a final score of 4-2.

Senior pitcher Ryan Dills got the start for the Racers and pitched six innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits. Dills struck out six of the 30 batters faced and also walked a pair. Dills is now 2-2 on the season.

Tech’s sophomore outfielder Kevin Strohschein put the Golden Eagles on the board with an RBI single to left-center, to make it a 1-0 game at the end of the first.

The Racers tied the game in the fifth inning with an RBI double to left-center by junior infielder Kipp Moore.

Tech retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and added two more runs in the sixth. An RBI single from sophomore outfielder Alex Junior and a solo home run from senior infielder Matt Jones made it a 4-1 game after six innings.

Murray State added a run in the top of the ninth with a solo home run from senior first-baseman Jack Hranec but couldn’t complete the comeback, losing 4-2.

Game 2

On Friday, April 14, Murray State lost to Tech by a final score of 6-4.

The Racers fell behind in the first inning when Tech’s junior infielder Trevor Putzig hit an RBI sacrifice fly to right field, putting the Golden Eagles up 1-0.

Murray State tied it up in the second inning with an RBI sacrifice fly to left field from freshman infielder Davis Sims.

Tech added two more runs in the bottom of the second and one more in the third with an RBI double to right field from senior catcher Chris Brown.

The Racers scored two runs in the fourth inning after a balk and a wild pitch from Tech’s senior pitcher Jake Usher, making it a 3-4 game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Putzig added two more RBIs to his total with a two-run home run to right field.

Murray State scored once more in the sixth with an RBI double to center field from Hranec, but couldn’t overcome Tech’s 6-4 lead.

Game 3

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, the Racers fell to the Golden Eagles in the third game of the series by a final score of 14-10.

The scoring started in the second inning for Murray State with freshman outfielder Ryan Perkins hitting a three-run home run to center field. After a wild pitch that scored sophomore infielder Jaron Robinson, the Racers had a 4-0 lead.

Tech responded in the bottom of the second with a three-run home run to right field from Junior, making it a 4-3 game.

Perkins hit a second three-run home run in the third inning, and junior outfielder Brandon Gutzler hit a two-run home run in the fourth to put the Racers on top 9-3.

The Golden Eagles scored two runs in the fourth off Strohschein’s two-run home run and scored two more in the fifth with Putzig’s two-run RBI double, cutting their deficit to 9-7.

In the sixth, Tech scored six runs, giving them a 13-9 lead. Tech added another run in the eighth, Sims added an RBI single in the ninth for the Racers, but fell 14-10.
Murray State will take on Western Kentucky University in their next game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at home on Reagan Field.