Junior catcher Hunter Fain laced an RBI single to left field in the top of the ninth inning as the Morehead State baseball team edged Ball State 3-2 Sunday in the final contest of the Swig and Swine College Classic at Shipyard Park.
The Eagles (2-2) went 2-0 against BSU on the weekend. Fain, who entered the game in bottom of the seventh, sliced a single to left that scored pinch runner Bryce Hensor with the winning run. Hensor slid around the catcher's tag after a throw from left field appeared to get there at about the same time. Designated hitterAdam Rapp had drawn a one-out walk before junior Jake Hammon poked a single to left field.
“I am very proud of our team for finding a way to win. It was a tough weekend offensively for everybody here,” said head coach Mike McGuire. “It only takes one good at-bat, and Hunter had a very tough weekend, but he got a timely hit, andJake Hammon also had a great weekend here.”
On the mound, the Eagles got another masterful effort from its staff.
“For the last 27 innings, our pitchers were excellent,” McGuire said. “We had one walk today, and it was intentional.”
Redshirt sophomore Jason Goe, who missed 2017 with an injury, returned strong with six strikeouts and only five hits allowed over seven frames. Senior reliever J.C. Hatcher (1-1) was credited with the win as he tossed the eighth with a strikeout. Sophomore Dom Masullo shut down the Cardinals with two punchouts in the ninth for his first save.
Morehead State got on the board in the second when junior Trevor Snyder scored from third on a wild pitch. He also drove in the second run on a sacrifice fly to left field in the sixth.
Ball State tied it 2-2 with an RBI single and double in the bottom of the sixth.
The Eagles continue their 2018 campaign at Western Carolina (0-3) on Tuesday at 2 p.m.