The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (17-11, 6-6 OVC) fell 10-9 to the Murray State Racers (14-18, 9-6 OVC) in Murray, Ken., in a back-and-forth game that ended in the seventh inning.

Paschal Petrongolo scored three runs, and had two hits. Clayton Daniel scored two runs, and had two hits. Ryan Sebra scored one run, had two hits and scored three RBI’s. Paul Angel scored one run, had one hit and had two RBI’s. Gavin Golsan and Ty Pierce scored one run. Elliot McCummings had two hits and two RBI’s. Hayden White and Tyler Gamble both had one hit and one RBI.

Jake Walsh threw four innings for the Gamecocks, allowing six hits and five runs. Jack Pierce took over in the fifth inning. Pierce went one inning and allowed two hits. Michael McCreless was the Gamecocks third pitcher of the contest. He went one inning and allowed one hit. Travis Stout would replace McCreless on the mound.

Jacksonville State opened things up early in the contest when an Angel double allowed both Petrongolo and Daniel to score. Angel was then allowed to score when White hit a single through the left side gap. Sebra then scored off of a sacrifice to right field.

Murray State answered with five runs in the first inning. Brock Downey scored first for the Racers when Nick Moore singled to right field. Taylor Matthews tripled down the right field line clearing Derek Yoder, Tyler Lawrence and Moore. Matthew Johnson then brought Matthews home with a single to left field.

The Gamecocks were able to score two more runs in the second. Sebra sacrificed to center field bringing Daniel. Petrongolo scored off of a single by McCummings.

The third inning did not see much offensive action, but in the fourth, McCummings once again singled and brought Petrongolo home.

Murray State tied things up in the fifth. Anthony Bayus singled to right field, allowing Lawrence to score his second run of the contest. Johnson then singled to left, giving Bayus the opportunity to score.

The Gamecocks regained the lead in the sixth. Sebra singled to center, and brought Pierce and Golsan home.

Murray State’s Kipp Moore hit a three-run-home run in the seventh, scoring Pokey Harris and Matthews to finish the game.

Jacksonville State won Thursday’s matchup 4-1. On Friday, however, the game was rained out, and the teams didn’t get to play. The first game of the double-header on Saturday saw the Gamecocks fall in a close 7-8 defeat.

Tuesday, the Gamecocks travel to Montgomery to take on the Alabama State University Hornets (17-11), before heading to Birmingham’s Southside to face the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers (18-12). Ohio Valley Conference action picks back up on Friday, April 10, when the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (12-17, 6-8 OVC) will be in town for a three-game series.

Timothy Cash
Staff Writer

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