In the final “Opening Weekend Review” post we’ll look at Morehead State University, which finished 0-3 on the weekend:
- Pitching staff needs a mulligan on opening weekend: The Eagles may have begun their 2011 schedule on Friday, but no one sent the memo to the Morehead St. pitching staff. The Eagles surrendered 36 runs in three games with the low point coming in an 18-0 blowout loss on Saturday. Despite the abysmal performance by the staff, two of the Eagles’ starting pitchers actually pitched fairly well. On Friday senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith surrendered three runs on seven hits in six innings but took a loss after the Eagles’ offense mustered only two runs. On Sunday sophomore right-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle surrendered three runs, two of which were earned, in five and two-third innings in a no decision.
- Mixed results for All-OVC catcher: Morehead St. junior catcher Taylor Davis, a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, was just 1-7 in the Eagles’ first two games, but exploded with a 3-5 performance on Sunday. Davis slugged a home run, drove in two runs and scored twice in game three. Senior second baseman Travis Redmon was another bright spot on offense for the Eagles, finishing the weekend 5-14 (.357) with two runs scored.
- Defense blows Sunday game: After committing three errors in the first two games that did not result in any unearned runs, the Morehead St. defense imploded on Sunday. The Eagles committed eight errors in the game that contributed to seven unearned runs crossing the plate. Junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson took the loss in that game after surrendering six unearned runs in the eighth inning. Senior third baseman Casey Branham had the worse defensive day for the Eagles with three errors.