A one-out, two-RBI single to center field from Ryan Perkins in the top of the 12th broke a 4-4 tie and Chad Gendron was able to close the door in the bottom half of the inning as Murray State escaped with a 6-4 victory over Belmont Saturday afternoon in Nashville.
The win was the Racers' (22-21, 10-10 OVC) season-high fifth straight and improves MSU's record to 3-1 this season in extra innings. Gendron's outing lasted a career-high five innings as he struck-out four batters and allowed just three hits on the way to his second win on the year.
MSU was able to jump on Belmont (20-21, 13-10 OVC) early with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Tyler Lawrence opened the scoring with an RBI single to left, scoring Aaron Bence. The next batter, Davis Sims, was able to reach on a fielder's choice that allowed Adam Bauer to score from third.
The Racers extended their lead with a run in both the third and fourth inning. Brandon Gutzler's 11th home run of the season in the third put MSU up 3-0 and in the fourth, a Caleb Hicks RBI single to left pushed it to 4-0.
Belmont would fight its way back however, scoring two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to make it 4-4. After the Bruins tied things in the bottom half of the sixth, the two teams went scoreless for five consecutive innings, with both teams squandering opportunities to score before Perkins' breakthrough in the 12th.
Both Bauer and Gutzler led the Racers with three-hit days in the contest and were the only two with multiple hits in the win. Lawrence went 1-for-4 at the dish and had a pair of walks. Austin Dubsky go the start on the mound and had a no decision as he pitched 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five batters. Chance Carner also made a relief appearance, going 2.2 innings and allowing two runs.
The Racers go for the sweep Sunday in Nashville. First pitch has been moved up to noon.