Murray State holds off late rally, beats SDSU 4-3

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Murray State University senior right-handed reliever Dan Huff gave up one run in the top of the ninth inning but induced a game-ending double play to clinch a 4-3 opening game victory against South Dakota State. Senior designated hitter Bryan Propst launched his third home run of the young season in the second inning.

On the mound Murray State ace Chris Craycraft earned the victory with seven innings of two-run ball. Only one of the runs was earned, and Craycraft allowed just four hits while striking out four and walking one. Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham was 2-4, and senior catcher Jason Laws added an RBI. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Chris Craycraft — Propst was the offensive hero again with his fourth home run and two RBI, but Craycraft was lights out in seven innings. The senior ace moved to 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA on the season and 11 strikeouts compared with three walks in 13 innings.

Murray holds off late Lipscomb rally for 8-7 win

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The Murray State Racers held off a ninth inning rally from Lipscomb University to win its season opener 8-7. The Racers were paced by senior leadoff man Kyle Tiernan who had three hits in five at-bats and five RBI. BluGrass Baseball All-State first baseman Wes Cunningham also added three hits. The game was tied 3-3 after five innings, but Murray used a four-run sixth to put some distance between itself and Lipscomb.

Senior right-handed ace Chris Craycraft earned the win in his season debut for the Racers with six innings of six-hit ball. Craycraft surrendered five runs, three of which were earned, and stuck out seven while walking two. Senior right-handed reliever Dan Huff earned the save with three innings of two-run ball. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Kyle Tiernan — Tiernan has started every game for Murray State in the last two seasons with mediocre results. The senior second baseman started off 2010 on the right foot with a 3-5, 1 2B and 5 RBI performance. Kyle is already a fourth of the way to his 2009 RBI total.