Murphy, Haggerty lead Southeast Missouri State baseball to 4-1 win over Belmont in final road series opener
Hitting the road for the final time in the regular season, the Southeast Missouri State baseball team edged Belmont 4-1 on Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Redhawks (25-22 overall, 13-12 Ohio Valley Conference) got mult-hit games from Josh Haggerty and Brian Lees and a strong pitching performance from Justin Murphy to get past the Bruins (34-35, 15-13).
Murphy went 8 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and allowing just one run while striking out four and walking two. Late in the game he retired a stretch of 12 consecutive batters.
Carlos Vega entered with two outs in the ninth inning and needed just one pitch to grab his sixth save of the season.
Belmont starter Tyler Vaughn took the loss, going seven innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out four batters and walking two.
Kyle Klotz pitched two innings in relief for the hosts, allowing one hit and striking out three.
SEMO jumped on top in the third inning, as Cape Girardeau native Haggery took a leadoff walk before Dan Holst hit a two-out home run to right field for a 2-0 advantage.
It was Holst's sixth homer of the season.
Southeast doubled the lead in the top of the fourth, opening the inning with three straight hits.
Lees knocked a leadoff double down the left-field line, Tristen Gagan put two in scoring position thanks to another double to left and Chris Caffrey brought Lees home with a single up the middle.
Danny Wright pushed Gagan to third on a sacrifice bunt and Haggerty drove in the runner with an infield single.
The Bruins cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth, with Tyler Walsh and Clay Payne hitting back-to-back doubles, but that was all the home team could manage against Murphy.
The two teams are back in action today, with Game 2 of the series scheduled for 2 p.m.
— From staff report