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Junior Freddy Lopez hit a home run for the second game in a row against Murray State.
Junior Freddy Lopez hit a home run for the second game in a row against Murray State.
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Murray State Hands Indians 16-3 Loss

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March 28, 2004

Box Score

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - After Southeast swept the 'Breds in a doubleheader yesterday by outscoring them 25-7, Murray State won Sunday's matchup 16-3. Murray scored in each of the first three innings to jump ahead 10-0 before Southeast got on the board, and the Indians (10-12, 2-1 OVC) used six pitchers in the contest.

Murray (6-16, 1-2 OVC) benefited from a first-inning unearned run to jump ahead 1-0, then scored five more unearned runs in the second. In the third, the 'Breds put four more runs across as they sent nine batters to the plate in the frame.

Southeast finally got on the board in the fifth, as junior first baseman Freddy Lopez hit a two run line-drive home run over the right field wall to score Ernie Bracamonte who has singled before him. For Lopez, it is the second consecutive game in which he's homered. In the three-game series against the 'Breds, Lopez hit 9-for-14 with two home runs, six RBI, a 1.143 slugging percentage and seven runs scored. He's now third on the team with a .352 batting average.

After Southeast put two across in the fifth, Murray came back with three more in the sixth to go up 13-2. Southeast threatened in the bottom half of the inning by loading the bases, but Brady Noll's sacrifice fly was the only run the Indians could muster off Murray starting pitcher Jon Ross Shelton (3-2). The 'Breds added two more runs in the seventh and another in the ninth to finish off the Tribe.

Junior Derek Herbig (1-2) started the game for Southeast, but only pitched an inning and two-thirds. He allowed four runs, however none were earned. Ryan Forsyth had the longest outing on the mound for the Indians, going two and one-third innings, giving up six runs, of which four were earned. Freshman Matt Carter and senior Gary Gilbert followed on the mound with two innings apiece. Freshman Mark Wittenborn got his second appearance of the year, and his second appearance in as many days, pitching just a third of an inning and giving up an unearned run. Senior Stan Skakalski pitched the final two-thirds of the game for Southeast and was not scored upon.

Lopez ended the day 3-for-5, with two RBI and a run scored while increasing his hitting streak to six games. Bracamonte went 2-for-4 with a run scored and now has a team-leading nine multi-hit games. Junior second baseman Bo Jenkins also increased his hit streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 performance. Gilbert had just one hit in four plate appearances, but did increase his streak to a season team-high 11 games.

Southeast now heads on the road for its next five games. The Tribe goes to Oklahoma State for a pair of weekday games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cowboys and Indians hook up at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 4 p.m. on Wednesday. After that, Southeast goes to Jacksonville State for a three-game weekend series.


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