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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:00 am

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- An offensive onslaught, including innings with seven and eight-run productions - plus lock-down pitching from the entire staff - propelled Morehead State baseball to a doubleheader sweep (16-3 and 11-0) over Oakland at Allen Field Friday.

Senior catcher Hunter Fain homered twice in the opener for the Eagles (5-1), while junior Ryan Layne drove in five runs. In the nightcap, four pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout with just one walk. The Eagles scored in all but one inning in the first contest and erupted for an eight-spot on the scoreboard in the seventh. In the second game, MSU led 4-0 after two before not scoring again until the eighth inning. In that frame, though, the Eagles exploded for seven runs, all on either RBI singles, wild pitches or bases-loaded walks.

The teams will decide early Saturday whether to play that day or if due to rain the forecast, they'll finish the four-game series on Sunday.

Morehead State 16, Oakland 3

In the opener, MSU scored solo runs in the first frame innings, plated two in the fifth and sixth and scored the aforementioned eight in the seventh. Meanwhile, junior lefthander Dalton Stambaugh (2-0) struck out six and allowed just four hits through five frames.

Fain, who had seven long balls last year and took the second game off today, upped his total four already in 2019 with a solo shot in the second and a two-run smack to deep left centerfield in the seventh - his only two hits of the game.

Layne got the scoring parade going with a an RBI double in the first, lifted a sac fly in the third, connected on a two-run single in the sixth and made it a five-RBI day with another run scoring single in the seventh.

The Eagles also got two-run doubles from sophomore Bryce Hensor and senior Jake Hammon in the big seventh-inning scoring barrage.

On the mound, junior righty Jake Ziegelmeyer picked up where Stambaugh left off. He fanned four in his two frames of work before junior lefty Grant Crosby and senior righty Josh Baumgart also collected punchouts to give the Eagles 12 strikeouts in the game versus just two walks.

Layne, along with senior Trevor Snyder, had three hits apiece among the home team's 17 hits.

Morehead State 11, Oakland 0

Starter Jason Goe (1-1), on a pre-determined pitch count, picked up the win with three innings of scoreless work. Three other hurlers combined to go the rest of the way and preserve the shutout.

Freshman Landon Weins, who has yet to surrender a run now in 7.2 innings of work, tossed the next four with four with four strikeouts He sat the side in the fourth with all three strikeouts. Senior David Looney recorded a pair of Ks, and junior Blake Preston, who also worked in game one, closed the win down.

Offensively, senior Reid Leonard and Hensor totaled two hits each. MSU had nine hits but took advantage of 11 free passes by Golden Grizzly pitchers and seven wild pitches.

Senior Connor Pauly reached base in both games to extend his reached-base streak to 35 games, while Hammon moved his streak to 28 games despite seeing his hitting streak snapped in game two at 22 games.