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Baseball drops shootout with Tennessee Tech

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Morehead State baseball team recorded double-digit hits for a second straight game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough in an 11-5 setback to Tennessee Tech at Bush Stadium.

The Golden Eagles improve to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Eagles slip to 7-11 on the season and 2-3 in league play.

Tennessee Tech struck first with a run in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly from junior catcher Jordan Paris.

Morehead State answered with four runs in the top of the third. Sophomore center field Duran Elmore got things started by crushing a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field. It was his first roundtripper of the season and MSU's fifth.

Junior catcher Bobby Burns drove in sophomore first baseman Kane Sweeney moments later with an RBI single up the middle, before sophomore right fielder Brandon Rawe brought home two more with a double to center field.

TTU cut the MSU lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third when junior third baseman Daniel Miles clobbered a two-out solo home run to left field. TTU tacked on another score in the bottom of the fifth when Miles scored on a wild pitch.

The Eagles opened up a 5-3 advantage in the top of the sixth when Elmore drove in Rawe on an RBI groundout.

The Golden Eagles responded, however, by scoring five in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead, 8-5. Junior designated hitter Brandon Thomasson got it started with a three-run homer over the left-field wall.

TTU added three more in the seventh to extend the lead to 11-5, which is where the contest finished up.

MSU senior right-hander Austin Haney took his first the loss of the season, allowing three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen. TTU senior righty Nick Price (3-1) picked up the win out of the bullpen.

Elmore (3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI), Sweeney (3-for-5, 1 R) and senior shortstop Chase Greenwell (2-for-4, 1 R) registered multiple-hit games for Morehead State.

TTU collected 17 hits on the afternoon, while MSU recorded 10.

The Eagles will look to avoid the series sweep in game three on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Links to live stats and audio will be available via MSUEagles.com.

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