By Matt Schabert, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. —
Despite an early lead and only six hits surrendered by its pitchers, the Morehead State baseball team was unable to come up with any late-inning heroics Friday as the Eagles were edged 3-2 by Tennessee Tech at the Averitt Express Complex.
The Eagles slipped to 12-7 in the OVC and to 23-17 overall. TTU moved to 9-13 in the league and 16-21 in all games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
– Morehead State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when senior designated hitter Peyton Dillingham doubled and scored on freshman shortstop Colton Becker’s first career triple.
– The Golden Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the frame on Golston Gillespie’s home run.
– Freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner kept his hitting streak going with an RBI single in the top of the third that scored senior third baseman Stephen Hill, who had been hit by a Ty Fisher pitch and got to second on senior catcher Jack Gardner’s single.
– TTU took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth as Ed Johnson and Gillespie connected for home runs off Eagle grad man and starting pitcher Jason Goe.
– MSU had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the eighth but failed to plate the tying or go-ahead runs.
– Feltner’s single upped his reached-base streak to 30 games and his hitting streak to 21 games, both tops in the OVC.
– Morehead State had just six hits, tying for the fewest in a game since March 17 at West Virginia. Gardner had two of the Eagles’ hits, his 11th multi-hit game.
– Goe fell to 3-5 but did strike out six batters. It’s the sixth time he has recorded at least six whiffs in a game this year.
– Goe also went 7.1 innings today, his third consecutive start of at least seven innings or more.
– This is just the second league series this season where the Eagles have dropped the opening game. MSU also lost the first game at Austin Peay but came back to win the series. The Eagles have not lost an OVC series yet this season.
The teams are set to conclude the series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET Saturday.