EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Murray State scored seven runs in the ninth inning Friday to score a come-from-behind 7-4 win over SIUE in the second game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Simmons Baseball Complex.
SIUE fell to 10-19 in the OVC and must win Saturday's regular season finale for a chance to play in the OVC Tournament. The Cougars are 18-32 overall. Murray State improved to 23-27 overall and 16-13 in OVC play.
The Cougars carried a 4-0 lead into the ninth before the Racers mounted their comeback. Murray State used three hits and the help of four walks and two hit batters to take control.
Kenny Serwa started and worked into the ninth for SIUE. In eight innings, he allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.
SIUE had taken the 4-0 lead with a 4-run seventh inning. Brendan Ryan scored on a fielder's choice for the Cougars' first run before Brock Weimer blasted his 12th home run of the year, a three-run shot to center, to put SIUE up 4-0.
Murray State reliever Joe Ivery worked three innings and earned the win to improve to 6-1. Braydon Cook worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the year.
The Cougars and Racers will play the final game of the three-game set Saturday.
"It's a must-win and we need some help," Lyons said. "It's exciting that the last game of the regular season is going to mean something."
SIUE will honor the 2019 senior class prior to the 1 p.m. first pitch.
"Guys have to bounce back from this tough loss tonight and come ready to play tomorrow," Lyons added. I have no doubt that they will."