MOREHEAD, Ky – Morehead State topped the 20-run mark for the fifth time this season, as they routed rival Eastern Kentucky 21-11 to complete the series sweep on Sunday at Allen Field. Every Eagle tallied a hit and an RBI in the contest, led by Drew Lee who batted 3-for-6 and drove in five. MSU took advantage of nine EKU errors, scoring 11 unearned runs.
EKU grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Jacob Daniel in the top of the first off of MSU starter Jeff Arnold. Arnold would then settle down, giving up just another solo home run to Daniel in the third before running into trouble in the fifth.
The EKU lead was short lived, as MSU scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cameron Flynn’s 12th home run of the season, a two-run shot, opened up the inning. The Eagles took advantage of four Colonel errors to keep the inning going, which was eventually capped off by Lee’s 15th home run of the season.
The Eagles pushed four more runs across in the bottom of the third. Taylor Davis doubled home Flynn who had reached on an error by Anthony Ottrando. Davis then scored on a Michael Bottoms sacrifice fly and J.D. Ashbrook finished the inning with a two-run blast. It was the 17th home run of the season for the senior lead-off slugger.
MSU added a pair of insurance runs in the fourth when Andrew Deeds homered for the 11th time on the season. The homer drove in Taylor Davis who had walked to get on.
Arnold ran into trouble in the fifth when he allowed three straight singles to load the bases to begin the inning. Ottrando then stroked a grand slam to make the score 13-6. Arnold then allowed two more singles and a walk before being replaced by Trey Smith. Smith allowed two of his inherited runners to score but was able to get out of the inning with MSU still holding a five-run lead.
MSU regained the momentum with a four-run sixth. Lee collected his 59th, 60th, and 61st RBIs of the season with a bases-loaded double to highlight the inning. The RBIs pad Lee’s record career total after the Mt. Sterling native broke the record during Saturday’s double header.
Smith would go on to pitch 3.1 innings to pick up the win. He gave up two earned runs, three total, in the eighth, before handing the ball over to Josh Schneider who pitched the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit.
Deeds finished the day 4-for-6 with a pair of RBIs and Bottoms finished the day 2-for-3 with a pair of sacrifice flies.
MSU now stands a season-high five games over .500 at 22-17 and is 5-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference play. The loss drops EKU to 18-18 and 6-6 in the OVC.
The Eagles will hit the road next weekend for a three-game OVC series with Tennessee Tech.