MSC Baseball defeats Redlands CC following soggy start to the week
Coming off an impressive four-game sweep of the Carl Albert State Vikings last weekend, the Murray State College Baseball Team prepared for a home/away series against Redlands Community College Thursday, May 2. Following thunderstorms and torrential rain the evening of May 1, games were postponed and the team spent their afternoon working to rid the field of pooling water and puddles in hopes the pair of games could be played. Fortunately, the field had dried out enough for the Aggies to take on Redlands Community College in a double header on Saturday May 4.
In the second inning of the first game, Murray State College took the lead on a single by Cody Norris which scored two runs. The next two at bats brought a single by Mason Brinkley to drive in Norris and a single by Gehrig Octavio to bring home Brinkley and expand the Aggie lead to four runs.
Sophomore Raygan Dodd was on the mound for Murray State College, shutting out Redlands and allowing only six hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking one. He threw 66 strikes in 94 pitches, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Aggies to a four-to-zero victory.
The second game saw the Aggies open up scoring in the first inning when Jake Gray singled on the first pitch of the at bat, driving in freshman Richie Alonzo. Redlands Community College took the lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run. In the bottom of the fifth inning, a single by Hunter Watson to score Austin Garrett and a Chris Lopez sacrifice fly to score Matt McElwain helped the Aggies retake the lead. After a run by Redlands in the top of the seventh inning, the game was tied at three runs. Cody Norris singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run and on the next at bat a single by Brinkley allowed Lopez to score. The Aggies maintained their lead through the next two innings to complete the sweep of Redlands at the Ranch and secure its sixth straight victory with a six-to-four-run win.
Cole Shinsky started on the mound for Murray State College, allowing five hits and three runs over six and a third innings, striking out 11. The Aggies totaled 15 hits in the game. Garrett, Watson, Brinkley, Norris, Lopez, and Gray all managed multiple hits for Murray State. Garrett went three-for-five at the plate to lead the Aggies in hits. Murray State College was also sure handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.