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Two Grand Slams, Nine-Run Eighth Propel Baseball to Comeback Win over Ohio

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Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Morehead State baseball team's chances of pulling out a win over the Ohio Bobcats were slim to none as they trailed 12-4. However, the Eagles (16-19, 5-4 OVC) rallied, putting up nine runs with two outs in the inning to topple Ohio 13-12 Tuesday.

Colton Becker singled, putting Isaias Guzman at second before Ashton Roy pinch-hit and drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Ryley Preece. The leadoff man and centerfielder delivered, smashing a grand slam to centerfield to cut the lead to 12-8. Jackson Feltner then stepped to the plate and launched a solo home run off Braxton Kelly to cut the deficit to three.

Logan Castleman (1-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Alex Jacobs both walked before Nick Gooden was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again for Isaias Guzman. The man they call "Izzy" did not disappoint, drilling the first pitch he saw to the deepest part of the park in left-centerfield to give the Eagles their third home run, second grand slam, ninth run of the inning, and a 13-12 lead.

John Bakke took the ball from winning pitcher Sam Replogle (W, 1-0) in the ninth, getting Colin Kasperbauer to ground into a double play before striking out Mason Minzey to complete the comeback, earning his seventh save of the season.

Other highlights included Logan Castleman's first home run of the season in the third inning, a rocket off the bat to right field. Castleman finished with three RBI. Will Grimmett pitched a scoreless frame, and Jackson Feltner, Ryley Preece, and Colton Becker all had multi-hit games. Alex Jacobs extended his on-base streak to 33 games, and Morehead State's defense turned four double plays on the day.

This is the second time in 2022 that Morehead State has come back to win a game in which they were down six or more runs in the seventh inning or later. A grand slam from Bryce Ray vs. Murray State when the Eagles were down 6-0 sparked that comeback in late March, and the grand slams from Ryley Preece and Isaias Guzman as well as Jackson Feltner's home run sparked the eight-run comeback Tuesday.

Morehead State finished the homestand 4-4, and hit the road this weekend to visit OVC rival SEMO in Cape Girardeau for a three-game set. All three games are streaming on ESPN+, with live stats available as well. A preview will be available on MSUEagles.com later in the week.

Next Game:
at Southeast Missouri
4/22/2022 | 7:00 PM

By Hunter Hurst, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations