Moritz's two RBIs, Marsh's three hits help McMurry knock off No. 19 St. Edward's
AUSTIN, Texas – For the third time this season, McMurry (15-20) finished on the right side of an extra-innings game as the War Hawks defeated No. 19 St. Edward's 5-3 in 10 innings on Saturday.
The Hilltoppers got things rolling in the first inning as they struck for a run on a Nate Bobrowski single for 1-0 advantage. However, McMurry countered in the next half inning. The War Hawks took the lead as they struck for two in the frame. After Nick Marsh reached second base, following a single and a sacrifice bunt, Eric Moritz came through on a first-pitch double to center field, scoring Marsh to tie the game at one. Then, after a Greg Koll single moved Moritz to third, he was brought in on an RBI by Ruben Zendejas, giving the War Hawks the 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, however, the HIlltoppers score twice to reclaim the lead.
The score remained 3-2 during the next five innings of play as both pitching staffs held each team in check. McMurry's Aaron Burns, after allowing two earned runs through the first three innings, allowed just two total hits in his next five innings of work.
The War Hawks trailed 3-2 in the top of the ninth. With just two outs left in the game, Adam Neubauer got things rolling with an infield single. Moritz then notched is second RBI of the day, doubling to left-center field, scoring Neubauer to tie the game at three. The War Hawks had a chance to take the lead with runners on first and second with only one out, but failed to convert.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, closer Jared Hopper came on, looking to send the game into extra innings. With runners on first and second base and only one out, Hopper came through by striking out the next two batters to send the game to a 10th inning.
In the 10th, the War Hawks wasted little time notching the go-ahead run. With Dylan De Leon on second base with one out, Jordan Kennedy doubled to right-center field to score De Leon and give McMurry the 4-3 lead. Marsh followed with an RBI single to right for a 5-3 advantage.
After giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 10th inning, Hopper struck out two and walked two batters to load the bases with two outs in the inning. With the game-tying run standing on second base, Hopper got Dylan Watts to fly out to left field to end the game.
On the mound, the War Hawks got quality performances from both Burns and Hopper. Burns went eight innings, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits while striking out four. Hopper, who earned his team-leading fifth win of the season, also struck out four in just two innings of work while allowing two hits and no runs.
Offensively, the War Hawks were led by Moritz's two RBIs. McMurry also received RBIs from Zendejas, Kennedy and Marsh. Marsh went 3-for-5 on the day. Cody Howard and Greg Koll also added two hits each.