Murray State baseball returns to action this weekend (February 26-28) as it hosts Northern Illinois for a four-game series at Johnny Reagan Field in Murray, Kentucky. After their offensive explosion a week ago and a midweek rain, the Racers will be back in action for the first time since posting 25 points against Butler.
Bryson Bloomer and Alex Crump lead the mighty MSU bats past the record-breaking opening series. Bloomer, a native of Lexington, Ky, ranks fifth nationally in batting average at .667 and ranks in the top ten nationally in on-base percentage (9and) and RBI per game (7and). Crump, ranks in the top 25 nationally in runs scored (8and), percentage on base (19and), and walks per game (23rd).
Matt Boyton leads the Racers’ starting rotation after the first weekend, taking the win while not allowing a deserved run for four rounds. Shane burns and Jacob Pennington proved to be vital bullpen arms for Murray State after going 5.2 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts.
Northern Illinois enters the series 0-4 after dropping its series with Sacramento State. The Huskies were 16-38 a season ago and 15-25 in conference. Kaden Kosobucki leads the NIU offense after his first four games, batting .429 with three rbi and five walks. Kyle Seebach leads the Huskies arms with 6.2 innings pitched and a solid 2.70 ERA.
Game 1 of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m. and will air on ESPN+