Baseball Holds Tennessee Tech to Three Hits, Takes Series Opener 5-2

By | April 2, 2022

By Hunter Hurst, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. –

After struggling on the road to begin the season, the Morehead State baseball team has won two in a row away from Allen Field after taking the series opener 5-2 over Tennessee Tech Friday. The Eagles (11-14, 3-1 OVC) used a three-run ninth, small ball and great pitching to shut down one of the best offenses in the OVC to win their fourth straight game.

starting pitcher Luke Helton may have picked up a no-decision on his line score, but he put together his best start of the season to date. The Indiana native struck out five Golden Eagles while giving up only one run (unearned) in 5.2 innings of one-hit ball. TTU’s run in the first came on an error with two-outs in the inning, but Helton kept them off balance repeatedly the rest of the way to help MSU pick up the win.

Three scoreless innings came and went before Nick Gooden (3-3) and Chase Vinson (1-4) both singled to open the top of the fifth. Colton Becker then came to the plate and laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to score Gooden from third and tie the game at one. Becker now leads the OVC in sacrifice bunts with five.

Jarrett Miller (W, 3-1) continued his excellent form out of the bullpen, coming on with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the sixth and getting out of a jam to keep the game tied. Miller went on to pitch both the seventh and the eighth, striking out four batters along the way. This was his 17th appearance of the season, good for first in the OVC and third in the country.

In the top of the seventh, Alex Jacobs (2-4) extended both his on base streak (23 games) and hit streak (15 games) with a beautiful bunt single. After swiping second and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Goodenhe would score on an RBI single from Ashton Roy to give Morehead State a lead they never lost.

Three more runs crossed the plate in the ninth for Morehead State, as Alex Jacobs and Nick Gooden led off the inning with singles. Colton Becker then stepped to the plate, and smacked a single into center field that scored both runs to give Morehead a 4-1 lead. Becker finished 1-2 with a run scored and three runs batted in.

Isaias Guzman made his return and followed Becker’s run-scoring single with one of his own that gave the Eagles a four-run lead. This was Guzman’s first action since February 27 vs. canisius

John Bakke came on in the ninth in a non-save situation and closed the door on Tennessee Tech’s comeback attempt. Bakke struggled some and walked in a run, but ultimately found his command and struck out Austin Turner with the bases loaded to end the game.

Morehead State will look to continue its winning ways tomorrow in the second game, with the first pitch set for 3:00 pm ET. Alex Kafka will start for the Eagles. Live streaming is available on ESPN+ with live stats available as well.

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