The Murray State baseball team lives to play another day as they defeated UT Martin, 9-4, in their second game of the day at the OVC Tournament in Marion, Illinois.

Trevor McMurray threw 7.1 innings, striking out a career-high nine batters. Braydon Cook finished out the final 1.2 innings of the game with two strikeouts and allowing just one hit and no runs.

Every player in the starting lineup got hit, RBI, or scored a run led by Jaron Robinson who went 3-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. He also became just the 14th player in Murray State history to record 200 hits with his first base knock of the game.

Brock Anderson went 2-3 with a home run and two runs scored while Jordan Cozart went 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Perkins also added three hits for the Racers.

The Skyhawks opened the scoring in the first with a run, but MSU answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Cozart got the Racers on the board with an RBI double before Robinson knocked in two more runs with a single.

Anderson answered UT Martin’s solo home run in the top of the third with his own in the bottom of the inning, his team-leading 13th home run of the season. Wes Schad added another run with an RBI single later in the inning.

Robinson created havoc on the basepaths in the sixth leading to another run. After hitting a single to open the inning, he stole second and third and when the catcher’s throw to third sailed into left field, Robinson came into score.

The Skyhawks cut the MSU lead in half in the eighth with two runs, but the Racers responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs to push their lead back up to five. CJ Bush hit an RBI single before Jordan Holly knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Perkins doubled in a run to make it 9-4.

Cook came out for the ninth and finished off the game with a 1-2-3 inning.

After playing two games today starting at 9 a.m. and ending at about 11 p.m., the Racers will now have a chance to sleep in as they will play Morehead State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. The Eagles lost to Eastern Kentucky earlier in the day, Wednesday.

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