Going for their first series victory of the season Monday against Austin Peay, the Racers came out on top, shutting out the Governors, 4-0, in the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border.
The Racers improve to 5-9 and sit atop the OVC standings with a 2-1 conference record while Austin Peay falls to 5-8 and 1-2 in the OVC.
“It all started with our pitching and our hitters stayed the course and got rewarded for that offensively and the great pitching from everyone else allowed us to come out with two wins,” said head coach Dan Skirka.
Jake Jones continued the Racers great weekend of pitching as he threw five scoreless innings with four strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Jordan Cozart followed with a scoreless inning before Braydon Cook earned his first save by pitching the final three innings, striking out a pair.
Brock Anderson went 2-3 and hit his third home run in two games while driving in two runs and scoring two more. Ryan Perkins contributed with two hits of his own and an RBI while Bryan Chilton knocked in a run and also threw out his first runner from behind the plate.
The Racers scored a single run in the first three innings to take control early beginning with Anderson’s home run in the first. In the second, a single by Wes Schad and double by Jaron Robinson set up second and third for Chilton, who doubled the Racer lead with a single to third.
Anderson continued his hot hitting in the third, ripping a triple down the right-field line before coming into score on a single by Perkins.
The Governors had their chances to score as they had the tying run at the plate in three straight innings, but Jones stranded runners in the fourth and fifth with strikeouts, catching both players looking, while Cozart got a fly ball to center to leave runners on second and third in the sixth.
Murray State added an insurance run in the seventh without a hit as two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Anderson produced the game’s final score.
The Racers have a quick turnaround as they will take on in-state foe Kentucky State at Reagan Field tomorrow at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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