The Morehead State baseball team connected on six extra-base hits, and freshman right-hander Will Lozinak tossed seven efficient innings in his first career start as the Eagles powered past Alabama State 9-4 at the Wheeler-Watkins Complex Wednesday.
The victory moved Morehead State to 13-9 with its sixth straight triumph.
Lozinak, a 6-5 hurler from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, only allowed one run and five hits in the first seven frames.
“We got a strong start out of Will, which was great to see,” said head coach Mike McGuire. “To only throw 83 pitches in seven innings is something you don't get every day. He was ahead in the count, and if you are throwing strikes and we are playing good defense behind you, it's tough to score runs in big bunches against us.”
Nursing a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, junior catcher Hunter Fain boosted that cushion by three with a three-run homer over the wall in right field.
The Eagles made it 9-2 in the top of the ninth when Tyler Niemann, Braxton Morris and Trevor Snyder started the inning with three consecutive doubles to right field. Snyder's two-bagger plated the other two as he collected seven RBI in the two wins at ASU this week.
Niemann and Morris each doubled twice. Morris led the way offensively with a 3-for-5 day. Snyder also had three hits and four RBI, while Niemann had two doubles. Morehead State now has double-digit hits in six consecutive games.
“We did some nice things offensively, especially late, to expand the lead,” said McGuire.
The Eagles will return to OVC action on Friday with a scheduled 4 p.m. game at rival Eastern Kentucky.