Baseball swings its way to road victory


Junior outfielder Cade Sammons hits a single to bring junior infielder Drew Vogel home, giving the Racers a 1-0 lead. The Racers defeated the Northern Alabama Lions 9-6 on Tuesday, March 14. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Jakob Milani, Sports Editor

After taking a weekend series over University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Murray State baseball team picked up a win over University of North Alabama on Tuesday, March 14.

Despite striking out 11 times to the Lions’ pitching, the Racers drew 12 walks and had 11 hits in the game, defeating the Lions 9-6.

While the Racers drew two walks to start the game, they failed to bring either home. The score remained 0-0 until the Racers came up to bat in the top of the second inning.

With two runners on base, junior outfielder Cade Sammons hit a single to center field that brought junior infielder Drew Vogel around to score and put the Racers up 1-0 early.

The lead didn’t hold for long, as the Lions scored a pair in the bottom of the third. Freshman shortstop Gehrig Frei doubled into left-center field to score junior catcher Levi Jensen and freshman infielder Jackson Ferrigno, making it 2-1 North Alabama.

Junior infielder Logan Bland tied the game up at 2 with a solo home run in the top of fourth. Then, sophomore catcher Charlie Corum gave Murray State the lead back by scoring on a wild pitch, making it 3-2.

More runs piled on for the Racers in the top of the fifth, as Vogel hit a double that allowed sophomore infielder Carson Garner to score from second base. 

Another single from Sammons brought in Vogel and junior catcher Taylor Howell, while  Bland scored on a throwing error on the play.

In the top of the sixth inning, Howell added a hit and a run on the board with a single up the middle to bring in junior infielder Jacob Pennington. When the sixth inning came to a close, the Racers were on top 8-2.

The bottom of the seventh was where the Lions began to mount a comeback, as Frei drew a bases-loaded walk to send Ferrigno home. Senior infielder Peyton Thomas scored, thanks to a sacrifice fly from graduate infielder Kyle Machado, which cut the Racers’ lead to four runs.

Senior infielder Drew Hudson started  the bottom of the eighth inning with a double to bring in graduate utility player Andrew Knight for another run. Then, Ferrigno singled to bring Hudson in from second to make it 8-6, with the Racers holding to the lead.

Big, in the top of the ninth, Vogel sealed the deal for the Racers with a sacrifice flyout that allowed Garner to score to put the Racers up by three runs.

With a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning, the Racers left Florence, Alabama, with a 9-6 win over the Lions.

Sammons, Garner and Bland each had two hits, while five other Racers each recorded a hit. Sammons led the way with three RBIs in four at-bats, while also drawing two walks.

Knight, Ferrigno and Jensen all recorded two hits, while Frei had three RBIs in the game.

The Lions struck out eight times compared to the Racers’ 11 but had nine hits to the Racers’ 11 hits.

Murray State improves to 7-10 on the season. The Racers host one more three-game series against the University of Southern Indiana before playing Austin Peay in game one of a “home-and-home” series.

First pitch for game one of the Southern Indiana series is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17.


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