Ncaa Baseball: Hanna Ii, Murray Shine

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


#Tribune Sports Reporter

#ELLISON Hanna II and BJ Murray both had multi-hit games last weekend as their respective programmes won their latest series in NCAA Division I baseball.

#Hanna and the Indiana State Sycamores worked their way back to a .500 record at 5-5 with a three-game road sweep over Elon.

#In game two, Hanna had his first hits of the season and finished 2-5 at the plate in a 9-6 win at Latham Park in North Carolina. The senior outfielder had both a double and a triple, the first triple for the Sycamores this season.

#In the top of the fourth inning, Hanna tripled to centre field and was plated by Grant Magill in the next at-bat to extend the Sycamores’ lead 6-3. His double came in the top of the eighth but was left stranded after Magill popped up to end the inning.

#Indiana State opened the series with an 11-7 win in game one and concluded the sweep with a 6-2 win in game two. They will play their home opener 3pm this afternoon when they host San Diego at Bob Warn Field.

#Indiana State won the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last season. They finished the season at 41-16 and made their 10th NCAA postseason appearance in school history.

#Hanna, a senior transfer from Kirkwood Community College, played in 16 games last season with the Sycamores. In eight starts, he hit two home runs, totalled five RBI and scored four runs.

#BJ Murray also posted a two-hit game with one RBI in a 16-5 loss to the No.9 ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday afternoon.

#Murray singled in the top of the seventh but was left stranded on third with the Owls trailing 7-5.

#He added another single at the top of the eighth inning to score Alvarez and trim the deficit 10-6. FSU would score eight runs in the bottom of the eighth for the game’s final margin.

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