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Four games in and there is no question.

The new seating at Murray State's Reagan Field is a winner.

Winter weather played havoc with the scheduled opening of the Murray State Thoroughbred baseball season last weekend - as Murray's scheduled opening series was cancelled and MSU found a willing partner in Ohio University as the two teams played in Columbia, Tenn.

Murray returned home this week, with wins over Mid Continent on Tuesday and taking two out of three from Bowling Green this weekend - including a 6-3 win Sunday that featured some local flavor.

The Breds are 4-2 on the season with three of the wins coming over MAC teams. They will return to play Tuesday when they host Mid Continent at 2 p.m. A four-game home slate is scheduled with North Dakota State this weekend before OVC action opens up at Reagan Field March 7 when Morehead State comes calling.

Reagan Field, the second site on campus with the name, celebrated its 25th season with some new seating, as the university is starting a phased in program to upgrade the facility that will eventually include lights and a new press box.

It starts with some chair and bleacher seats right behind home plate that gives the facility a new more intimate look - with plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets when the weather warms up.

Hopefully, it will also spark the product on the field for coach Rob McDonald.

Opening Reagan Field in 1989, after the 'Breds spent the 1988 on the road, did that. Murray returned to the OVC Tournament in 1989 and won the OVC regular season title in 1991.

This year, Murray is hoping for a return to the OVC Tournament, which its missed last two seasons.

Sunday, freshman Tyler Lawrence's three-run double in the bottom of the seventh, snapped a 6-3 tie and Murray posted the win - with Murray High product Brock Downey getting his first college win after seven strong innings and freshman John Lollar, also a Murray High product, working the last 1 2/3 innings for his first college save.

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