Jacksonville State scored 13 unanswered Saturday afternoon after Murray State had jumped out to a 4-0 lead as the Racers fell in the series finale in Birmingham, Ala., to the Gamecocks, 13-4.
Scoreless through the first four innings, the Racers (14-14, 5-7 OVC) looked to grab control in the top of the fifth inning with four runs in the frame. Davis Sims opened the scoring in the game with a bases-loaded double to right field that scored a pair of runs. After a JSU (15-9, 6-3 OVC) pitching change, Ramsey Scott delivered a two-run hit of his own as he singled to center field to push the MSU advantage to 4-0.
However, the Gamecocks would respond to tie the game in the bottom half of the fifth to score four runs of their own to notch things at 4-4. JSU would go on to score four runs in the sixth and then five in the seventh to go ahead 13-4.
Ryan Perkins had MSU’s lone hit besides Scott’s and Sims’ in the loss. JSU recorded nine hits on the day.
Braydon Cook got the loss out of the bullpen for MSU as he pitched 1.1 innings and allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, off a hit and three walks. Cook also struck-out four in the outing. Luke Brown got the start and allowed four runs in 4.2 innings. Brown started the game keeping the Gamecocks hitless in the first four innings. Tyler Anderson, Caleb Hicks and Alec Whaley also made relief appearances on the day.
The Racers return to action with a trio of non-conference games next week, all of which will be at Reagan Field. Western Kentucky and Evansville come to town April 3 and 4, respectively for 6 p.m., contests. Harris-Stowe will be the Sunday opponent (April 8) at 1 p.m.
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