A seven-run eleventh inning propelled the Morehead State baseball team to a 15-11 win over Grambling State Saturday evening (Feb. 22) at Ellis Field to even up the series at one game apiece.
The Eagles (3-4) took a 6-5 cushion into the bottom of the ninth and an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the tenth but each time allowed the Tigers (1-5) to even the score up.
Junior right fielder Brandon Rawe went 4-for-6 with five RBI and two doubles in the contest, giving the Eagles an advantage on three separate occasions. It was Rawe's third straight multi-hit performance, and his fifth on the season.
"It was a great ballgame for our guys, and we had good at-bats throughout," Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "The mark of a good ball club is being able to fight back against adversity and come through in big moments, and we certainly did that tonight."
MSU got things going in the top of the third with back-to-back doubles from Rawe and junior designated hitter Chris Robinson to take a 3-0 lead. However, GSU answered back in the home half of the inning, driving in four runs.
Junior first baseman Kane Sweeney knotted the contest up in the top of the fourth with a solo home run over the left field wall, but the Tigers again retook the lead, 5-4, in the bottom half of the inning. Senior left-hander Noah Smallwood (2-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen for the second time in as many appearances.
The rubber match for the series has been moved up to a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday (Feb. 23). Fans can follow the action with live audio from Michael Gustin on MSUEagles.com.
"I like what I see out of our club," McGuire said. "We are getting better each day, and we are excited to get back to the park to compete again tomorrow."