MARTIN, Tenn. -- With an 11-6 victory over UT Martin, the Morehead State baseball team claimed its first series sweep of the 2013 campaign on Sunday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.
The win marked the Eagles’ third Ohio Valley Conference series victory, after taking two out of three from Murray State and Southeast Missouri earlier in the season.
The Eagles (12-28) close out their road swing with a 7-11 mark in OVC play, good for seventh in the league standings. The last-place Skyhawks fall to 10-29 overall and 3-18 in the OVC.
"I'm really happy with the sweep, but we can't start looking ahead," Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "We've just got to take it
game-to-game and keep this momentum going."
For the second straight contest, MSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore right fielder Brandon Rawe got things started by driving in sophomore centerfielder Duran Elmore with a double to deep center.
Senior first baseman Bobby Burns then drove in sophomore third baseman Kane Sweeney, who extended his on-base streak to 31 straight games, with a sacrifice fly.
Morehead State exploded for six runs on six hits in the third to extend its lead to 8-0. Three different Eagles – freshman designated hitter Alan Mocahbee, freshman second baseman Trey Gross and Elmore – had RBI doubles in the inning, while Burns and senior left fielder Taylor Pickens also picked up an RBI apiece.
UTM got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two on a single to center field from senior centerfielder Grant Glasser. MSU plated one in the sixth and two in the ninth, while the Skyhawks added three in the eighth and one in the ninth to close out the game's scoring.
Rawe recorded a multiple hit effort in every game of the series, going 4-for-5 on Sunday. Elmore finished the game a home run short of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a triple and double. Greenwell, who finished the day 2-for-4, was the only other Eagle with multiple hits.
Freshman right-hander Matt Anderson (1-4) picked up the first win of his Morehead State career, striking out nine while allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Skyhawk sophomore left-hander Dalton Potts (4-5) was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs in only 2.2 innings.
After spending the last nine games on the road, Morehead State returns to the friendly confines of Allen Field on Monday for a game with St. Catharine at 6 p.m. ET. Links to live stats and audio are scheduled to be available on MSUEagles.com.