Morehead Outlasts Rain Delay And UK

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Updated: 4/09 12:28 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Morehead State baseball team limited No. 12 Kentucky to just five hits en route to a 6-4 victory on Tuesday evening at Cliff Hagen Stadium.  The win was MSU's first over a nationally-ranked opponent since April 18, 2007.

The Eagles improve to 16-16 overall and 11-7 on the road, while the Wildcats slip to 22-11 on the season and 15-4 at home.  The victory was also Morehead State's first over UK since April 18, 2007.

"Tonight was a team effort," Head Coach Mike McGuire said.  "I'm so proud of our young men for their performance against a terrific opponent.  It's one thing to face nationally-ranked teams.  It's another thing to play on their turf and win the game."

MSU's dramatic improvement in 2014 comes on the heels of a 16-40 campaign.  The Eagles, who were 9-23 after 32 contests last year, have improved by seven wins at this point in the season.

"Wins like this help our recruiting," McGuire said.  "We are in the process of building a program, and our goal is to get to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.  I'm really pleased with the progress we've made since 2013, but we still have some work to do."

Kentucky entered the affair leading the Southeastern Conference in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.467), on-base percentage (.418), runs (284), hits (357), RBI (247) and homers (30).

Junior left-hander Luke Schneider allowed just one run and two hits in 5.1 innings for his second victory of the season, while sophomore right-hander Craig Pearcy yielded just one earned run and three hits in 3.2 innings for his team-best sixth save.

"Luke and Craig were very good for us," McGuire said.  "They both competed and gave us a chance to win.  Two earned runs against the best offensive team in the SEC is pretty good.  Good things happen when you limit the free passes like we did."

Senior designated hitter Bobby Burns recorded a team-high three hits for Morehead State, while junior left fielder Chris Robinson extended his on-base streak to 16 games.  Junior shortstop Robby Spencer also launched a two-run homer for the Eagles.

Kentucky scored 36 runs in a three-game series over the weekend vs. No. 12 Florida, but no Wildcat had more than one hit on Tuesday.  Sophomore left-hander Ryan Combs, who allowed three runs and five hits in three innings, was tagged with the loss.

The Eagles pushed across runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings before Spencer's second long ball of the season in the seventh.  The Wildcats were held scoreless through five frames, but rallied with two scores in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Morehead State's stretch of four consecutive nationally-ranked opponents continues this weekend when it visits Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana.  The Eagles and Hoosiers are scheduled to open the three-game series on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
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