NCAA baseball: Hanna II, Murray shine


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.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment