MURRAY, Ky. — A six-run seventh inning by Murray State was too much to overcome on Friday, as the Bowling Green State University baseball team dropped a 9-7 decision at Johnny Reagan Field. The Falcons jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Thoroughbreds began their comeback, scoring eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take command. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 2-2 on the season.
Captain Cody Apthorpe started the game for the Falcons on the mound, working into the sixth inning before reaching his pitch count. On the afternoon, Apthorpe struck out six, while not allowing an earned run.
After the Falcons had gone 1-2-3 in the first, Murray State grabbed an early lead thanks to an error and wild pitch by the Falcons in the inning.
The Falcons, who banged out a season-high 14 hits, took little time responding, tallying three in the top of the second. In the inning, Logan Walker, Jake Thomas, and Patrick Lancaster registered RBI hits.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, the Falcons would gun down a runner at the plate on a Nick Paradossi double into the right field corner. Lancaster would chase the ball down at the fence, beginning a perfect relay from Walker to T.J. Losby to keep the ‘Breds off the board.
Apthorpe would continue to hold Murray State down until the Falcons added another run in the sixth. With one out, Thomas would drive a ball to center field, using his speed to scamper into third with a triple. Lancaster would drive Thomas in with an RBI single to center, putting the Falcons ahead 4-1.
MSU would tally two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, before breaking through against the Bowling Green bullpen for six in the bottom of the seventh.
Trailing 9-4 in the eighth, Thomas, Trey Keegan, and Lancaster would all get RBI hits with two outs.
The Falcons still trailed 9-7 following Chris Miller's scoreless inning on the mound in the bottom of the eighth.
In the ninth, the Falcons would get the tying run to the plate on two different occasions, but couldn't capitalize on the base runners, falling by a final of 9-7.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT, with Mike Frank getting the start for the Orange and Brown.
*The Falcons had a season-high 14 hits on Friday. The last time they had at least 14 hits was in the final game of the season (May 19 at Buffalo) last year.
*Three Falcons had multi-hit games (Lancaster, Losby, Thomas) while two had multi-RBI games (Lancaster, Thomas).
*The Falcons fell to 0-2 on the season when allowing the opponent to score first with Friday's game. BGSU is 2-0 when scoring first in 2013.