Kentucky State Dunn Goes The Distance As Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Charleston





Kentucky State Sports Information


Charleston, Wv.—Kentucky State University baseball split a doubleheader with the University of Charleston on Saturday at Triana Field.

The Thorobreds (4-11) depended on the arm of senior pitcher Josh Dunn, and the bats of senior third baseman Brandon Story and sophomore right fielder Jay Poullard to take game one and battle with the Golden Eagles (3-3) in game two. KSU will wrap-up the three-game set with an afternoon affair tomorrow at noon.

Game 1: KSU 4 UC 2

Dunn dazzled in the first game extending his record to 2-1 as he pitched his second straight complete game for KSU. The Lexington, Kentucky native only allowed three hits over seven innings, as the Golden Eagles managed just two runs, one earned, against the Thorobreds’ ace.

KSU played with the lead for the duration of the day as freshman designated hitter Vashawn Phillips pushed across the first run in the second inning on a groundout scoring junior catcher Greg Alexander from third base. One inning later Story drove a double down the right field line, as junior centerfielder Elijah Collins scampered home from second base making it a 2-0 KSU advantage. The Thorobreds worked another run across in third as Alexander scored on a passed ball, giving the visitors a comfortable lead.

Story continued to collaborate alongside Collins as the tandem struck again in the fourth inning. Following an error by Adam Jafine, giving Collins first base, he advanced later in the inning on a wild pitch to second base. Story stepped up once again with a RBI single, driving in Collins.

KSU maintained a 4-0 lead till the sixth inning when the Golden Eagles brought two runs in, cutting the Thorobreds lead in half, but Dunn shut the door in the seventh going three up and three down in the final inning.

Game 2: CU 17 KSU 6

The momentum carried over for KSU in the first inning as Story drove in Collins for the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to centerfield for a 1-0 lead.

CU jumped on sophomore pitcher Joe Crisp in the first inning for six earned runs, forcing Crisp out after one inning of work.

The KSU offense worked to close the gap throughout the day as Poullard went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Following Poullard’s lead was Collins, Alexander, sophomore catcher Bryan Wilson, and sophomore second baseman Russell Sims, as all finished the game with multi-hit games.

The Thorobreds cut the lead down to three, 10-7 in the top of the sixth but the Golden Eagles put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning with six runs for a 17-6 advantage and eventual final.

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