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Vols down Blue Raiders 2-0

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen


The Middle Tennessee baseball team fell to No. 26 Tennessee, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. With the loss, the Blue Raiders fall to 5-10, while the Volunteers improve to 15-1.

Improving to 15-1 on the season, the Vols used two beautifully-placed bunt singles to help plate both runs in the top of the third inning. Tennessee held the Blue Raiders (5-10) to just five hits in the contest.

Junior LF Jared Allen had his sixth multi-hit game of the year in the defeat, tallying a single and double against the team he played for in 2012. Junior 2B Austin Bryant was aboard three times without the benefit of a hit, walking twice and being hit by a pitch.

Junior LHP Nathan Foriest pitched a career-high five innings, holding the Vols to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Tuesday was the third time this year Foriest pitched four or more innings while surrendering two or fewer runs.

The Vols opens Southeastern Conference play this week, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for the first time in program history. The Vols will play Missouri from March 14-16, with Friday’s first pitch set for 7 p.m. ET.

Tennessee scored the only two runs of the game in a third inning that included two bunt singles, an RBI groundout and a sac fly.

The Blue Raiders put together a two-out rally in the ninth, with Bryant and pinch-hitting freshman Kaleb King drawing walks. The runners would be stranded, however, and the sixth Tennessee pitcher of the night in Andy Cox closed out the win for the Vols.

Peter Lenstrohm pitched three innings in relief to pick up the victory, while Foriest was saddled with his second loss of the year.

Junior RHP Matt Blackham pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless relief, and was followed by a scoreless inning from both senior RHP Paul Mittura and sophomore RHP Garrett Ring.

The Blue Raiders return to action Friday when they open a three-game Conference USA series with Charlotte at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. First pitch Friday is slated for 6 p.m.

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