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MTSU Softball drops two in Eagle Classic

MTSU Softball drops two in Eagle Classic

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen


Middle Tennessee (5-15) lost both its games Saturday after scoring the opening run in the first inning, dropping a 7-1 decision to Tennessee State (5-13) and host Georgia Southern (12-5) in the second day of the Eagle Classic.

Kayla Toney finished the day with four hits, including two doubles and the lone RBI between the two games. LaRi Mitchell and Laura Dukes each went 1-for-4 at the plate with two walks. Mitchell finished a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts, while freshman Marinna Shadley added a hit (1-for-6).

Against Tennessee State Middle Tennessee held the 1-0 advantage two batters into the game. Mitchell started the game with a walk and stole second. Kayla Toney proceeded to hit a single to center, scoring Mitchell.

Jordyn Fisherback (2-5) received the start in game one, holding the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the first but surrendered four runs in the next 1.1 innings to TSU. Tennessee State scored two runs in back-to-back-to-back innings for a commanding 6-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. Middle Tennessee went down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and Tennessee State scored one more in the bottom half.

Game two was deja-vu for the Blue Raiders as Mitchell started the game with a leadoff walk and stole second. Toney singled to third base and Mitchell advanced to third on the throw. On a double steal attempt, Toney was caught stealing, which allowed Mitchell to score.

To start the bottom of the second, Georgia Southern tacked on one run to tie the game between the Blue Raiders and Eagles. Two innings later in the fourth inning GSU’s Kortney Thomas broke the tie game with a leadoff solo shot to left center. Shelby Stinnett pitched a scoreless third but started the fifth with a walk and allowed a two-run shot to Breanna McLendon over the left field fence for the 4-1 final.

Stinnett (1-7) pitched the complete 6.0 innings for the Blue Raiders, while allowing four runs on only four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Middle Tennessee starts the last day of the Eagle Classic against Troy at 9 a.m. before concluding play against Tennessee State at 11 a.m.

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MTSU falls to Troy 5-4

MTSU falls to Troy 5-4

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen


The Troy Trojans (6-8-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 5-4 walk-off victory over the Blue Raiders (5-13) in the opening game of the Eagle Classic Friday.

Despite jumping out to an early 4-0 lead over Troy, Middle Tennessee was not able to hang on for the victory. Caitlin McClure received the start and pitched 3.0 innings, while allowing three earned runs. The Trojans did not get a hit against McClure until the fourth.

Shelby Stinnett finished off the fourth and pitched into the seventh holding a 4-2 lead. Jordyn Fisherback (2-4) was called on after Stinnett allowed a leadoff single to start the seventh. Three batters later Troy had the bases loaded with one out. A walk handed the Trojans run number three and a hit by Allison Moore tied the game at 4-all. The next Trojan batter singled to third base, plating the go-ahead run for the 5-4 victory.

Kayla Toney tallied two RBI on a single to center in the top of the second for her 16th multiple-RBI game of her career and finished the day 1-for-2 with two walks. Laura Dukes hit a single in the first inning to help the Blue Raiders take the early 1-0 lead and concluded play hitting 2-for-3 with one walk. A wild pitch in the fourth gave MT its last run of the game, plating McKena Miller from third.

Both teams tallied seven hits with Middle Tennessee accumulating three in the second inning and two in the first. MT left 10 runners on base against Troy and has tallied double-figures three times this season, with the others coming against Samford (13) Feb. 25 in the first game of the doubleheader and James Madison Feb. 14 (11).

Middle Tennessee continues play tomorrow against Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. and Georgia Southern at 4:30 p.m.

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Rockets defeat Blue Raiders 4-3

Rockets defeat Blue Raiders 4-3

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Allen


Toledo (3-7) scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Middle Tennessee (4-11) 4-3 to finish the Frost Classic Sunday. The Blue Raiders leave Chattanooga with an 0-5 record through the three day tournament.

Caitlin McClure started inside the circle for the Blue Raiders, pitching 4.2 innings while allowing three earned runs with two strikeouts. Shelby Stinnett (1-5) pitched the final 1.1 innings and surrendered four hits and the go-ahead run on a bases loaded single in the sixth.

Middle Tennessee started off the scoring in the top of the first. LaRi Mitchell hit a leadoff single to left field and stole second. After two back-to-back strike outs by the next MT batters, Laura Dukes laced a single, which plated Mitchell for her sixth RBI of the tournament.

Toledo added two runs in the bottom half of one and another in the second to take the 3-1 lead. Neither team scored in the third with MT going down 1-2-3 and Toledo having four batters come to the plate, hitting a lone single.

To start the top of four, Cheyenne Willis received the opening walk and Nina Dever reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. After a Shadley walk the Blue Raiders had the bases loaded and no outs. Freshman Austyn Whaley slugged a double to right center, plating both Willis and Dever to knot the game at 3-all.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Toledo loaded the bases for the second inning in a row. Stinnett worked her way out of the jam in the fifth but could not make the same magic that she did an inning before. UT’s Jessica Lemieux hit a one-out go-ahead single up the middle to give the Rockets the 4-3 advantage. Middle Tennessee went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to complete the Frost Classic winless.

Dukes finished the Frost Classic with a team-high .500 batting average after finishing 8-for-16 at the plate with three doubles and six RBI. Kayla Toney went 4-for-19 at the plate and was second behind Dukes with five RBI.

Middle Tennessee hosts Samford for a midweek double header Tuesday with the first game at 1 p.m.

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MTSU softball drops two at Frost Classic

MTSU softball drops two at Frost Classic

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen


Middle Tennessee (4-10) concluded the second day of the Frost Classic with a narrow 3-2 defeat to Ohio (10-1) and a 10-3 loss to Northwestern State (6-6).

Kayla Toney led the Blue Raider offensively in game one, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the third following a McKena Miller single. Toney now has two home runs in the Frost Classic, hitting a three-run shot against Campbell yesterday.

Ohio scored one run in the top of the second and added the two go-ahead runs in the fourth. The Bobcats tallied 15 hits and left nine runners on base, while MT totaled five hits with five runners on the base paths.

Shelby Stinnett (1-4) was designated with the loss, pitching 3.2 innings while giving up seven hits and three earned runs. Caitlin McClure shut out the Bobcats through the final 3.1 innings and gave up eight hits with two strike outs.

Against Northwestern State, starting pitcher Jordyn Fisherback (1-4) pitched the opening 1.1 innings and surrendered five runs with one earned. The Lady Demons raced out to a commanding lead, plating four in the first inning.

MT took one run back on a Laura Dukes double to left field in the bottom of one before NWLA added one run in the second and two more runs in the third. The Lady Demons held a comfortable 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third. The Blue Raiders put runners on second and third and Dukes hit a ground out to shortstop for her second RBI.

Middle Tennessee received one more run in the fourth after holding Northwestern State scoreless in the top half. Nina Dever slapped a leadoff single to left field and advanced to third after two ground outs. Miller then hit a RBI single to the first base side, which plated Dever and narrowed the NWLA lead to 7-3.

In the fifth, Northwestern State’s Cassandra Barefield laced a three-run home run to achieve the final 10-3 score and squander what momentum the Blue Raiders had.

Caitlin McClure pitched the bulk of the innings against NWLA, finishing with 4.2 innings and five runs with four earned. Shelby Stinnett threw the final 1.0 innings and surrendered one hit.

Dukes finished the day 4-for-7 at the plate with two RBI and five total bases. Miller added one RBI while going 3-for-6. Nina Dever and Kayla Toney each recorded two hits and concluded the second day 2-for6 and 2-for-8, respectively.

Middle Tennessee concludes the Frost Classic tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Toledo.

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MTSU Softball falls to Campbell and Radford in Frost Classic

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen


Middle Tennessee (4-8) dropped its first game against Campbell (7-4) 6-3 and concluded the day with a 6-3 loss to Radford (2-1) to start the Frost Classic.

In the opener against Campbell, MT starting pitcher Shelby Stinnett allowed five runs in the first three innings to create a deficit that MT did not recover from. The Fighting Camels put one run across the plate in the first and added another four in the bottom of the third.

CU started the scoring in the third with a Ericka Nesbit RBI-triple to right center and a sacrifice fly to right field for run number two. With the bases empty Campbell’s Milly Martinet hit a single to right field then Courtney Kingler launched a two-run home run to left field. Campbell added one last run in the bottom of the sixth on a double to left center.

Down 6-0, MT started to shake up its lineup, which provided a much needed spark for the Blue Raiders. Nina Dever had a lead off pop up to the shortstop, but then pinch hitter Katie Brown received the walk. Lauren Riddell, the second pinch hitter of the inning, hit a ground out to the CU catcher, which allowed Brown to advance to third. McKena Miller drew the second walk of the inning to have runners on first and third with two outs. Kayla Toney then smacked a three-run home run. One more walk and Campbell replaced its starting pitcher Katie Baker with Morgan Eisenga, who recorded the last out and the save.

Jordyn Fisherback came in relief of Stinnett, tossing the final 3.0 innings while allowing only one earned run with three strike outs. Fisherback started game two against Radford in a postponed contest that was originally slated for 10 a.m. She made it through 2.2 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs with three earned against the Highlanders.

In the first inning against RU, MT had one out and runners on second and third after a stolen base by Samantha Nieves. Laura Dukes tallied her first two RBI of the day on a double to left center.

Radford responded in the bottom of the first, hitting back-to-back home runs by Becky Mantel and Julie Gardner to tie the score at two-all. RU added another run in the bottom of the second to take the 3-2 advantage heading into the top of the third.

With two outs, Nieves doubled to left center to give MT its first base runner of the inning. Dukes then slapped a double on a 2-2 count to left field for her third RBI. Radford scored again in the third on a triple to center field and two more in the fifth on back-to-back doubles.

Caitlin McClure pitched 1.0 innings in relief and gave up two runs. Stinnett closed out the final 2.1 innings for the Blue Raiders, holding the Highlanders with out a hit.

Dukes and Toney each tallied three RBI on the day, with Dukes finishing 2-for-5 through the two games. LaRi Mitchell had the best day at the plate among the remaining Blue Raiders, going 3-for-5 with two walks.

Middle Tennessee continues play tomorrow against Ohio at 10 a.m. and Northwestern State at 12:30 p.m.

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