MOREHEAD, Ky. – Looking to take its first Ohio Valley
Conference series of the season, the Tennessee Tech baseball team
dropped the ball. The Golden Eagles committed eight errors, and
Morehead State scored in all eight innings that it batted, beating
Tech 12-7, and taking the series two games to one.
Tech (13-12, 1-7) scored four runs in the last three innings, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the seven run lead Morehead State had built.
Evan Webb, Casanova Donaldson and Trice Powers each had two hits in the game, and Cory Wright had two RBIs, as the Tech offense pieced together 12 hits, but seven unearned runs for MSU were too many to erase. Donaldson and Ben Burgess each extended their current hitting streaks to four games, and Powers hit his second home run of the season.
Morehead State (10-18, 3-6) got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning. After Tech tied it with a pair of runs in the top of the second, MSU added a run in the bottom of the second and third, and two in the fourth. The Golden Eagles got one run back in the top of the fifth, but gave up three more in the bottom of the inning, and allowed one each in the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Sophomore A.J. Kirby-Jones got the start for Tech, and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up nine runs off nine hits in the loss, but only of those nine runs were earned. Chad Oberacker pitched 1.2 innings, and Burgess threw the final two.
Morehead State’s JD Ashbrook and Eric Bainer each had three hits in the contest and each had multi-RBI games, as Ashbrook finished with 2 RBIs, and Bainer tallied three.
The two teams split a double header on Saturday, with Tech wining 17-16 in 10 innings, and Morehead State taking a 2-1 decision in the seven-inning night cap.
The Golden Eagles continue their OVC action with a three-game series against Eastern Kentucky in Cookeville on April 10 (DH) and 11.