Baseball Ties Two School Records in 28-15 Victory Over SIUE

Apr 17, 2017

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The Morehead State baseball team tied school records for runs and home runs in a single game Saturday and scored in every inning in completing a three-game sweep over SIU Edwardsville, 28-15, at Allen Field.

The record for runs in a game was previously set back in 1977, and the home run record has now occurred four times. The Eagle offensive onslaught featured two grand slams and 20 total hits.

Morehead State won its 17th straight home game and is now 51-11 at home since 2015. Overall, the Eagles are now 25-11 and 11-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference and have swept four consecutive home series.

Sophomore catcher Hunter Fain led the charge with two home runs, including a grand slam and a three-run dinger, for a team-best seven RBI. Senior outfielder Will Schneider also cleared the bases with a grand slam. Home runs also came off the bat of sophomore shortstop Reid Leonard, sophomore outfielder Niko Hulsizer, freshman catcher Brody Shoupe, junior first baseman Tyler Niemann and junior second baseman Braxton Morris.

Hulsizer's round-tripper was his team-best 16th long ball of the year, while Shoupe connected on his first career home run. Hulsizer has now reached base in 20 consecutive contests.

In the series, the Eagles finished with 60 runs, 56 hits, 16 home runs, 11 doubles, 57 RBI and hit .424 as a team.

The Cougars touched up starter Curtis Wilson for nine runs in just 3.2 innings, four coming off a grand slam by catcher Brock Weimer. Reliever Cable Wright (2-0) made his 104thcareer appearance and was credited with the victory. He tossed 2.2 innings and gave up just one earned run.

The Eagles led 10-3 after a seven-run third-inning outburst. But, the visitors plated six runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 10-9 ballgame. After another Eagle run in the fourth, SIUE tied it 11-11 in the fifth. But, Morehead State's bats busted it open with six tallies in the fifth, five in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Leonard finished with four hits, while junior third baseman Eli Boggess tallied three. Four others had two hits apiece. Leonard notched a career-best five RBI, while three others had at least three runs knocked in.

SIUE right fielder Dustin Woodcock had four of his team's 16 hits, while Weimer drove in six with a pair of home runs.

Morehead State will look to stay successful this week when it welcomes West Virginia Tech for a Tuesday contest at 5 p.m. ET.

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