Murray State (19-18) baseball took the first game of their series with OVC leader Eastern Illinois 17-10 on Friday at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. In the offensive battle, the Racers hit six home runs, tying them for second in school history for single-game homers.
The Racers offense collected 18 hits on the day with six different players having a multi-hit performance. Parker Estes and Alex Crump led the firepower with three hits and a home run for each of them. Lead-off man Jake Slunder also put together three hits on the day. Bryson Bloomer, Drew Vogel, Seth Gardner, and Jordan Holly all blasted a home run in the contest to join Estes and Crump. Bloomer was the top RBI man on the day with four to go along with two runs scored.
Jacob Pennington impressed on the mound in relief going 4.2 innings while giving up just two runs and striking out 10 in the appearance. Alec Whaley earned the win after giving up just one run in three innings while also striking out three.
-Murray State blasted six home runs in the contest to tie them for second in school history for single-game HR's.
-The Racers set the single-game home run record a season ago versus EIU with seven.
-The offensive outburst gives MSU six games of scoring at least 13 runs this season.
-Jacob Pennington tossed 10 strikeouts in relief for the most by a Racers pitcher this season.
-Murray State has now won four consecutive OVC games to bring them to 5-8 in conference play.