It's opening day at Pete Taylor Park; Analyzing Murray State

By ANDREW ABADIE,

Southern Miss baseball opens the 2020 season against Murray State.

 

Last year the Racers, finished 24-30 under now second-year head coach Dan Skirka.  

 

Despite being Skirka’s second season, Murray State’s coach has produced successful and quick turnaround success in the junior college ranks as an assistant coach. Skirka, who was previously an assistant coach at Murray State, before last season helped Walters State Community College put together a 208-48 record in four seasons where he coached an offense that consistently was top-10 in as many as 13 different categories.  

 

Murray State finished last season with a rating percentage index (RPI) of 197 after last season and is projected to finish with a 179 RPI according to warrennolan.com. However, despite the sub-par year, the Racers return a highly experienced team as the team looks for its first winning season since 2009.

 

In the lineup, Murray State returns eight of its nine starters from a season ago. The Racers posted a .258 batting average but had respectable power hitting as Murray State totaled 53 home runs, 14 triples and racked up 87 doubles. 

 

Of the team’s 53 home runs, the Racers return 44. Murray State notably returns top-hitter Brock Anderson, who led the team in almost every hitting category. Anderson posted a team-leading .289 batting average, 44 RBI, 13 home runs and four triples. The Racers also bring back Ryan Perkins, who finished second on the team with 10 home runs.

 

Like the lineup, Murray State returns much of its pitching staff that threw a 5.82 earned run average. Of Murray State’s 471.2 innings last season, the Racers return 374.9 of those innings, which includes the team’s main two starters. 

 

The right-handed Trevor McMurrary was Murray State’s Friday night starter a season ago. McMurrary finished with a 3-7 record and posted a 5.56 ERA in which he threw 62 strikeouts and allowed 36 walks. The ace of Murray State’s staff last season Shane Burns, who was the team’s Sunday starter. The left-handed pitcher threw a 3.84 ERA in 65.2 innings while striking out 60 and walking 20. 

 

Murray State’s third starter will likely be Jake Jones, who made seven starts last season while pitching 39 innings. Jones posted a team-leading 3.46 ERA to go with a 27-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

 

First pitch between Southern Miss and Murray State on Friday and Saturday is set for 4 p.m. with Sunday set for 1 p.m.

Southern Miss baseball opens the 2020 season against Murray State.

Last year the Racers, finished 24-30 under now second-year head coach Dan Skirka. 

Despite being Skirka’s second season, Murray State’s coach has produced successful and quick turnaround success in the junior college ranks as an assistant coach. Skirka, who was previously an assistant coach at Murray State, before last season helped Walters State Community College put together a 208-48 record in four seasons where he coached an offense that consistently was top-10 in as many as 13 different categories. 

Murray State finished last season with a rating percentage index (RPI) of 197 after last season and is projected to finish with a 179 RPI according to warrennolan.com. However, despite the sub-par year, the Racers return a highly experienced team as the team looks for its first winning season since 2009.

In the lineup, Murray State returns eight of its nine starters from a season ago. The Racers posted a .258 batting average but had respectable power hitting as Murray State totaled 53 home runs, 14 triples and racked up 87 doubles.

Of the team’s 53 home runs, the Racers return 44. Murray State notably returns top-hitter Brock Anderson, who led the team in almost every hitting category. Anderson posted a team-leading .289 batting average, 44 RBI, 13 home runs and four triples. The Racers also bring back Ryan Perkins, who finished second on the team with 10 home runs.

Like the lineup, Murray State returns much of its pitching staff that threw a 5.82 earned run average. Of Murray State’s 471.2 innings last season, the Racers return 374.9 of those innings, which includes the team’s main two starters.

The right-handed Trevor McMurrary was Murray State’s Friday night starter a season ago. McMurrary finished with a 3-7 record and posted a 5.56 ERA in which he threw 62 strikeouts and allowed 36 walks. The ace of Murray State’s staff last season Shane Burns, who was the team’s Sunday starter. The left-handed pitcher threw a 3.84 ERA in 65.2 innings while striking out 60 and walking 20.

Murray State’s third starter will likely be Jake Jones, who made seven starts last season while pitching 39 innings. Jones posted a team-leading 3.46 ERA to go with a 27-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

First pitch between Southern Miss and Murray State on Friday and Saturday is set for 4 p.m. with Sunday set for 1 p.m.