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Baseball closes out fall practices

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Morehead State baseball team wrapped up fall practices with the conclusion of its Blue/Gray World Series on Oct. 25.

"The Fall World Series is the closest that we can come to simulating a spring game," Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "It allows us to see guys perform under a little bit of pressure, with a little more duress than your typical intra-squad scrimmage, and I was pleased with what I saw."

The Gray team, led by assistant coach Jeff Stanek, won the series three games to two, behind wins on the mound from junior right-hander Ryan Vansaghi, sophomore lefty Tyler Keele and sophomore right-hander Craig Pearcy.

They got strong performances from senior first baseman Bobby Burns (8-for-13, 1 HR, 7 RBI), junior catcher Chris Robinson (10-for-19, 3 2Bs, 6 runs), freshman shortstop Robby Spencer (10-for-20, 2 2B, 7 runs, 7 RBI) and junior outfielder Brandon Rawe (9-for-20, 9 runs, 2 HR, 7 RBI).

Sophomore right-hander Matt Anderson and junior righty Dylan Ramage each picked up wins from the hill for the Blue Team. Junior infielder Kane Sweeney (8-for-14, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI), junior infielder Tyler Bigler (7-for-17, 5 runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI), and freshman catcher Jimmy Wright (5-for-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI) paced the Blue squad offensively in the series.

"I thought it was a good fall," McGuire said. "With 20 new players in the program, there were a lot of things to teach and evaluating to do, and I think we made a lot of progress. We had very good competition all fall, and I think we showed we have some depth and a lot of options that I am excited about."

"There were certainly some positions battles that were won, but there are also some positions that are still up in the air," McGuire continued. "I think that is a testament to the new recruits we brought in as well as the 15 returning players."

The team will open up spring practices on Jan. 24 before a season-opening trip to the Wofford/USC Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. beginning Feb. 14th.

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