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Herron Deals, But Baseball Drops Pitchers' Duel to Belmont Saturday


After two high scoring affairs in games one and two, a pitchers' duel closed the final OVC series between Morehead State (15-19, 5-4 OVC) and Belmont, with the Bruins taking a 4-2 win to take the series at Allen Field. The loss snapped a streak of nine straight home series wins dating back to 2021.

Grant Herron took the ball for Morehead State Saturday and went deeper into the game than he ever has, posting five shutout innings. The first five batters Herron faced all went down via the K, as the right-hander tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.

In the second inning, Isaias Guzman gave Morehead State the lead with a solo homer to right field to make the score 1-0. That homer was Guzman's third of the season, as he has returned from injury with a bang to be the Eagles' everyday third baseman.

Belmont took the lead in the sixth inning, as Brodey Heaton hit his second homer in as many days, a two-run blast to right-centerfield. The Bruins pushed another run across on a sacrifice fly to shallow center. Nick Gooden made a fantastic catch moving to his right, but his throw home was just late and Belmont took a 3-1 lead.

Colton Becker reached on an error in the seventh inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a flyout before scoring on a balk from Jalen Borders (W, 3-2) to make it 3-2.

Tommy Crider homered in the ninth, giving Belmont an insurance run headed to the bottom half. Crider hit a homer in all three games of the series as the Eagles couldn't figure out how to get him out all weekend long.

Will Jenkins slammed the door on the Eagles' comeback hopes with a seven-out save. Jarrett Miller took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the season.

The next action for Morehead State comes Tuesday at Allen Field, as the Ohio University Bobcats come to town for a mid-week clash. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, and will be available on ESPN+.

By Hunter Hurst, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations