Niko Hulsizer

Niko Hulsizer had two home runs in the doubleheader against UT Martin.

Morehead State's baseball team blasted 14 home runs and scored 43 runs en route to a doubleheader sweep over UT Martin Friday.

The Eagles nailed a school record-tying eight round-trippers in a 25-2 win in the opener and nearly equaled that with six more long balls in an 18-7 nightcap victory.

The Eagles (20-13/8-4 OVC) swept the series from the Skyhawks (5-23/2-13), the second OVC series sweep this season. Every starting field player collected at least one home run, and juniors Niko Hulsizer, Adam Rapp, Trevor Snyder and Jake Hammon all homered twice in the doubleheader scoring onslaught.

Meanwhile the Eagle pitching staff (seven pitchers saw action) combined to strike out 22 UTM batters.

MSU 25, UTM 2

A nine-run first inning set the stage for a prolific offensive outburst, one in which the Eagles scored at least a run in every inning but the eighth. MSU plated multiple runs in the first five frames and then tacked on five more in the seventh for its highest run total since scoring 28 against SIU Edwardsville last year.

Six Eagles recorded multi-hit games, including four-hit contests from Snyder and juniors Reid Leonard and Connor Pauly. Snyder homered twice and had three RBI, and Rapp notched four RBI. Leonard, senior Braxton Morris, freshman Bryce Hensor and sophomore Sam Sustersic all had a pair of RBI as Morris and Sustersic also nailed home runs - Sustersic's first career four-bagger.

Hensor and junior Hunter Fain tallied homers as well.

On the mound, a trio of hurlers pitched three innings each and combined for 10 Ks. The second man up, senior righty Kyle Cantu (3-0), was credited with the win. Reliever Garrett Rogers had his best career outing with only two hits allowed and two punchouts in the final three UTM at-bats. Rogers was credited with his first career save.

MSU 18, UTM 7

Hulsizer, who just returned from a month-long stint on the injured list, sent mammoth home runs over the left field wall on his first two at-bats, while Leonard, Rapp and Hammon also played long ball.

Rapp finished with three hits and five more RBI, giving him nine runs knocked in for the day. Morris led the way with a 4-for-5 day, while Hulsizer was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Leonard notched two hits and four RBI.

The Eagles started fast again, tagging UTM starting pitcher Sam Folks for 11 runs in the first two innings. The hosts built a 15-4 cushion after the fourth inning.

Senior righty JC Hatcher allowed just two hits in 2.1 innings of relief to grab the victory. Sophomore Dom Masullo and freshman Will Lozinak each struck out the side in their inning of work as the Eagle staff sat down 12 Skyhawks on strikeouts.

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Morehead State travels to Indianapolis, Ind., on Wednesday to face Butler at 4 p.m.

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