EKU's late rally dooms Murray State in OVC Tournament


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Eastern Kentucky scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take their first lead of the game in handing Murray State a 4-3 defeat in both team’s first game of the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Thursday morning at Pringles Park.

Jacob Daniel started the ninth inning with a double into the gap in left center and quickly scored when A.J. Jamison followed with a pinch-hit double into the same gap in left center. After the runner advanced to third on a groundout to the right side, Bryce Labhart delivered a line-drive sacrifice fly to right field.

The Breds (25-27-1) got on the board in the first inning as Zach Noonan started things with a double just inside the bag at third base. With one out, Wes Cunningham drew a four-pitch walk and Bryan Propst drove in both runners with a double down the left-field line.

The Colonels (28-25) got on the board in the third inning as Richie Rodriguez and Austin Grisham had back-to-back to singles to put runners on the corners with one out. Jayson Langfels drove in the runner from third with a sacrifice fly to center field.

EKU was able to tie the game in the eighth as Bryce Labhart drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a wild pitch and a single to right center. Austin Grisham was able to plate the run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

MSU regained the lead in the bottom-half of the inning as Brandon Elliott singled into the hole at short and scored on Propst’s RBI double to left center.

Anthony Bazzani (5-3) earned the victory after allowing three runs on six hits and four walks and 10 strikeouts over eight innings. Matt McGaha (5-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over 1.2 innings.

Chris Craycraft did not factor into the decision after allowing two runs on five hits and eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Propst led the offense with a pair of hits and all three RBIs.

The Breds return to the diamond at 1 p.m. as they face Southeast Missouri in the first elimination game.