– The 2017 Southeast Missouri baseball season came to a close Friday afternoon following an 8-5 loss to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Southeast finishes the 2017 campaign 29-26 under first year head coach Andy Sawyers
The Redhawks were held to six hits in the game. Chris Osborne
was the lone Redhawk will multiple hits, going 2-for-4. He scored two runs. Dan Holst
rounded out his Redhawk career with a 43-game on-base streak.
In his third start of the season, Ryan Losman
(1-2) pitched four innings. Murray got Losman for five runs, four earned, on four hits. He fanned five and walked only one. Daniel Bergtholdt
made his second appearance in as many days and pitched a scoreless two and a third innings, giving up just two hits. Justin Murphy
also made his lone appearance out of the pen of the season. Fellow seniors Robert Beltran
and Jared Waldhoff
also pitched on Friday.
Murray's Austin Dubsky (4-7) worked five and two-thirds in his start on the mound. He surrendered four Redhawk runs, only two of which were earned, but also held them to just four hits. Chad Gendron pitched three and a third innings in relief and picked up his eighth save. He gave up just one unearned run on only two hits.
Jack Hranec hit a two-out solo home run over the scoreboard in right center in the top of the first to kick off the scoring for the day.
After going in order in the first, the Redhawks capitalized on a few Racer miscues in the second to find a lead. The inning started by Chris Caffrey
getting hit by the first pitch of the frame. Third baseman Davis Sims let a double play ball go through his legs, allowing Brian Lees
to reach. Danny Wright
followed with a bunt for a hit. On the play, Sims' throw to first went into the throwing lane causing a collision between Wright and the first baseman. The ball to get away, allowing Caffrey coming in to score and tie the game. Josh Haggerty
walked to load the bases then Connor Basler
and Kyle Bottger
recorded back-to-back sacrifice flies to put SEMO on top 3-1 in the second.
A pair of two-run home runs by Adam Bauer and Hranec in the top of the fourth put Murray back in front, 5-3.
A double, hit batsman, and a single loaded the bases for SEMO in the bottom of the sixth. Wright was clipped by a pitch to drive in Osborne and cut the lead to one, 5-4. Gendron entered to pitch with two down and recorded the final out to strand the bases loaded in the frame.
The top of the eighth began with a leadoff walk and an error by Basler. Tyler Lawrence singled to right to drive in Brandon Gutzler. A hit batsman by Murphy loaded the bases. After new Redhawk pitcher Joey Burris
got Kip Moore to pop out, Jaren Robinson hit a sac fly to center to widen the lead to 7-4.
An infield RBI single by Hranec made it a four-run Racer lead in the top of the ninth, 8-4.
Southeast tried to once again capitalize on Murray miscues in the bottom of the inning but ended up only scratching one run across on an RBI fielder's choice by Caffrey, 8-5.
Hranec led the way for Murray with three hits, four RBI, and three runs scored. Bauer was the other Racer to record multiple hits, finishing with two and two RBI.