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Back to Back Long Balls Propel Baseball to Game Two Win Over EMU

Carolyn Bakke / msueagles.com

Contrary to the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Morehead State Baseball (5-7) scored only five runs, but pulled out a victory over Eastern Michigan (2-7) by a score of 5-4 to take the series 2-1. Both teams scored 10 less runs than they did in the first game of the doubleheader, but the result was the same, a one-run game that Morehead State rallied in and won.

Morehead State took an early lead in this one thanks to a Jackson Feltner double that scored Ryley Preece in the bottom of the first, but Eastern Michigan pushed two across in the top of the second on a home run from Christian Bault and an RBI double from Aaron Dolney. Morehead State starter Alex Kafka then settled in and didn't allow a run until the top of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Morehead State took a 3-2 lead thanks to two RBI singles from Chase Vinson and Brody Shoupe. Shoupe finished his day 2-for4 with an RBI after his two-run single in game one gave the Eagles the win.

After Eastern Michigan took a 4-3 lead in the fifth and held the Eagles scoreless in the sixth, Chase Vinson came to the plate and hit a solo shot to right center-field that tied the contest at 4, before Nick Gooden, whose seven-game hit streak came to an end in game one of the series, did the exact same thing with his first homer of the season to give Morehead State a lead they never lost. That was the second time MSU batters have gone deep back to back this season, as Roman Kuntz and Jackson Feltner did so in a 17-5 victory at Kennesaw State opening weekend.

Morehead State's relief pitcher Jarrett Miller again showed his reliability out of the bullpen, throwing two scoreless innings and facing the minimum before closer John Bakke came on to slam the door on Eastern Michigan in the eighth and ninth. Bakke struggled a bit in the ninth as the opposing Eagles loaded the bases, but he struck out Brady Huebbe on three pitches to register his second save of the day and third of the season.

Morehead State moved to 5-7 on the season with its two wins today, and will face in-state foe Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday before returning home for a three-game set with the Dukes from James Madison this weekend.

By Hunter Hurst, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations