MURRAY, Ky. — Mike Frank surrendered just two hits over his seven innings of work on Saturday afternoon, but he was tagged with as the tough-luck loser as the Bowling Green State University baseball team fell 2-1 to Murray State.
The Thoroughbreds led off the bottom of the first with a double into the left-centerfield gap. The next batter would bunt him over, but the Falcons would throw the ball down the right field line, allowing Murray State to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Frank would settle in from there, but Murray State led 2-0 after just an inning.
Frank allowed just two more base runners the rest of the afternoon. After a throwing error by the Falcons allowed a runner to reach in the third, the right-hander retired 11 straight before a single in the seventh. Frank struck out six batters on the afternoon, while not surrendering a walk.
The Falcons out-hit Murray State on Saturday, pounding out seven hits. Three times, however, the Orange and Brown hit into inning-ending double plays to end threats.
In the top of the fifth, Logan Walker got the Falcons going with a one-out double. The very next batter, Jake Thomas, would drive him home to put the Falcons on the board.
The Falcons were back at it in the sixth inning, as Patrick Lancaster beat out a ground ball for an infield hit to lead off the inning. When MSU pitcher Cameron Finch bobbled Brian Bien's sacrifice bunt attempt back to the mound, the Falcons had runners on first and second with nobody out. A passed ball would move the runners both into scoring position.
Unfortunately, the Falcons wouldn't capitalize, as a ground out to the pitcher kept the runners where they were. T.J. Losby would line a ball up the middle, looking as though it would give the Falcons the lead. However, Thoroughbred 2B Dylan Wheeler would stab the ball out of the air, and flip it to the shortstop at the bag to double up the runner and end the threat.
Murray State pitching would retire seven straight to end the game, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard for the 2-1 victory.
Bowling Green will try to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon, as the two teams take to the diamond for the finale at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. Murray State will provide live stats and free live video of the contest.
*The seven inning start by Frank on Saturday tied his career-best for innings pitched in a game. His only other career outing spanning seven innings or more came on April 24, 2010, in a seven-inning start at Ohio.
*Patrick Lancaster registered his second straight multi-hit game on Saturday afternoon with a 2-4 performance.
*Lancaster and Logan Walker were the only two Falcons to record multi-hit games on Saturday. Jake Thomas registered the only RBI of the afternoon.