Late Rally by Wildcats Spoils Baseball's Series Finale at Kansas State
Morehead State Baseball grabbed an early 5-1 advantage at Kansas State Sunday, but the host team plated seven runs in the final three frames to rally past MSU and hand the Eagles a 9-6 setback.
The Eagles fell for the fourth straight game, sliding to 7-12. K-State won its eighth straight and moved to 11-7.
An RBI single by left-fielder Alex Jacobs got the early scoring flurry started. Right-fielder Chase Vinson and shortstop Colton Becker led off the second frame with back-to-back long balls over the fences at Tointon Family Stadium for a 3-0 lead. It was the first bomb of the year for Becker and second for Vinson.
The Wildcats trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the third, but first baseman Jackson Feltner, who had been held hitless in the series, finally connected for a two-run double in the fourth to make it 5-1.
Kansas State started its rally with an RBI double in the fourth, but then poured it on in the sixth, seventh and eighth while holding the Eagles in check. A three-run homer in the seventh finally put the hosts ahead 7-5, and then they added a two-run smash in the eighth.
Jacobs recorded an RBI double in the top of the ninth to set the final margin at 9-6.
Eagle closer John Bakke actually made his first career start, tossing the first 3.0 frames while recording two strikeouts and not allowing an earned run. Reliever Jarrett Miller, who entered with the OVC's best ERA at 0.69, unfortunately was touched up with the go-ahead three-run homer and was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-1.
Feltner led the offense with three hits, while Jacobs was 2-for-4, extending his reached-base streak to 17 games and hitting streak to nine contest. Becker was also 2-for-3 - part of 10 hits for the Eagles.
Morehead State remains on the road this week as it makes the short trek to Kentucky on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
3/22/2022 | 6:30 PM
By Matt Schabert, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations