Just one week ago, the Mid-Continent University baseball team was soundly defeated by the NCAA D-I Murray State University Thoroughbreds, falling 17-1. What a difference a week makes.
Freshman right-hander Austin Ferrell threw a gem on the mound for Mid-Continent (5-4), and the Cougars' bats did the rest. Mid-Continent built a 6-0 lead, and took the win from Murray State 6-2.
Ferrell started and threw well early, pitching around a lead-off single from Ty Stetson in the first and in the top of the second, Mid-Continent jumped on top.
Jimmy Braswell belted a one-out single, and two batters later, Trevor Hicks launched a triple over the head of right fielder Kollin Dowdy to drive Braswell in and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. After Ferrell retired the 'Breds in order in the bottom of the second, Mid-Continent capitalized on two Murray State errors to the tune of four runs in the third, breaking the game open and claiming a 5-0 lead. A wild pitch scored Braswell in the fifth frame, and that proved to be plenty of support for Ferrell.
The freshman right-hander from Herod, Ill. threw eight and two-thirds innings before being lifted in the ninth, silencing the bats of the 'Breds for most of the afternoon. In earning the win, Ferrell (1-1) yielded just three hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out seven. Jack Coleman (1) recorded the last out of the game to earn the save, while Murray State's Cameron Wallace (1-1) took the loss.
Offensively, Braswell and Hicks did the heavy lifting. Hicks was 2-for-4 in the game with a pair of RBIs and Braswell went 4-for-4 with a double, and RBI and three runs scored. Mid-Continent scored six runs on nine hits and committed one error; and Murray State scored two runs on five hits with a pair of costly errors.
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