Southeast Missouri at Murray State
First Pitch: Friday: 2 p.m. (DH), Saturday: 2 p.m..
Series History: SEMO leads 62-56-1
Last Meeting: SEMO 5, MSU 2 – May 23, 2018
Stadium: Reagan Field (Capacity: 800)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 405 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Video: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
In-Game Twitter: @RacersBaseball
The Racers will look to win the their fifth straight OVC series to begin the season as the host Southeast Missouri. Murray State defeated MTSU in their last game while the Redhawks fell to Saint Louis, Tuesday.
Inside the Series
Murray State and SEMO have met 119 times on the diamond, most recently in last years OVC Tournament, where the Redhawks won 5-2. At home, the Racers own a 27-23-1 advantage.
Inclement weather is expected Sunday so this series will now feature a doubleheader on Friday starting at 2 p.m. Saturday is still on schedule for a single game, also scheduled for 2 p.m.
Johnny Reagan Day
Saturday will be Johnny Reagan Day as the baseball program will honor the late former head coach with his number forever gracing the left field wall. The team will all wear number 36 and will be referred to as the Thoroughbreds, the nickname they were known as during Reagan’s tenure.
McMurray Goes The Distance
Trevor McMurray pitched his best game as a Racer against Tennessee Tech. The junior threw a complete game, matching a career high with seven strikeouts. It was the first complete game for MSU since Brad Boegel against Eastern Illinois.
Schad’s Strong Series
Redshirt-freshman Wes Schad had himself a weekend against Tennessee Tech, hitting three home runs including the go-ahead two-run shot in game three. Schad became the first Racer to hit three home runs in a series since Davis Sims hit four and Brandon Gutzler hit three against Morehead State in 2017.
Under a new coaching staff, the Racers have been showing their speed on the basepaths as they have stolen 64 bases. They are currently second in the OVC behind EKU, who has 76. The Racers also have the best stolen base success rate at 83.1%.
Two Straight for Ivey
Joe Ivey got the start on the mound for the Racers against Middle Tennessee. He also started MSU’s last game six days ago at Austin Peay, meaning he will become the first Racer pitcher to start back-to-back games since John Lollar made two straight starts against Tennessee Tech and Arkansas State in 2016.
Not once but twice did Tyler Duke send the Racers home winners over the weekend against JSU. He began the series with a two-out bases-loaded walk-off single to win 8-7 before ending the weekend with a walk-off triple to win 9-8. Sean Darmafall also scored the winning run in both games.
Anderson Stays Hot
Brock Anderson extended his hitting streak to ten games against Missouri. He is the only player for the Racers this season to reach a double-digit hitting streak.
No Runs for You
Against Austin Peay, the Racers allowed just five runs in the three-game series. It was the lowest amount of runs the Racers have allowed in a three-game OVC series since allowing five runs against UT Martin in 1996.
Battle of the Border
With two wins against Austin Peay, the Racers now hold a 28-11 lead in the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border. The first team to 34 points will clinch the title. Murray State has won the first two years of the battle.
Anderson Plays Hero
Brock Anderson propelled the Racers to a 5-4 victory over Illinois State with a two-run walk-off double. It was the first walk-off for the Racers since Ramsey Scott had walk offs in two straight games against SIU Edwardsville on March 9th and 10th, 2018.
In the eighth inning against Miami (OH) in the final game of the series, the Racers pulled off one of the rarest plays in baseball, the triple play. A grounder right down the third-base line allowed MSU to go around the horn to get out of the jam. It was the third triple play in Racer history, previously done on March 8, 2006 at Ole Miss and March 16, 2016 vs. Kentucky State.
In addition to a new coaching staff, the Racers will add 13 new players to the 2019 team.
There will be significant changes to the Racer lineup as they will have to replace seven starters. Senior shortstop Jaron Robinson and junior outfielder/first baseman Ryan Perkins are the only returning starters.
Unlike the lineup, the Racers will return a majority of their pitching staff, including their top nine pitchers in innings pitched in 2018, led by junior Trevor McMurray
MSU is looking to make their third straight trip to the OVC Tournament this season. The Racers went 1-2 down at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala., defeating Eastern Illinois in the first round.’
Scouting Southeast Missouri
The Redhawks are currently tied for eighth in the OVC after dropping two of three to Jacksonville State a week ago. In their latest game, they fell to Saint Louis, 15-6, Tuesday.
Justin Dirden was the only Redhawk to be named to the Preseason All-OVC team, but he has battled an injury all season, only playing two games.
SEMO is one of the better teams in the country at getting on base other than a base hit. They are top 40 in the nation and walks and currently lead the OVC with 42 hit-by-pitches, leading to an on-base percentage of .381.
Alex Nielsen is the ninth-toughest player to strike out in the country this season, striking out once every 15 at-bats.
Trevor McMurray (RHP) (1-4, 4.66 ERA) vs. Dylan Dodd (LHP) (4-2, 3.02 ERA)
Jake Jones (RHP) (1-0, 3.91 ERA vs. TBA
Shane Burns (LHP) (2-2, 4.08 ERA) vs. TBA