MT Gets No. 8 Seed with 11-6 Loss to FIU

May 19, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee (26-28, 8-16) needed a win on Sunday afternoon just to have a chance to move into seventh place in the Sun Belt Conference, but Florida International (39-16, 13-11) dashed those hopes with an 11-6 win over the Blue Raiders to sweep the series between the two teams

The Golden Panthers put the game away for all intents and purposes in the bottom of the first inning. FIU put up eight runs in the frame behind six hits against Middle Tennessee starter Travis Horschel. Adam Summerell put the icing on the cake in the inning with a two-run homer that ended the scoring.

The Blue Raiders put a run on the board in the top of the second behind an RBI double from Jason Howarth, cutting the score to 8-1.

The Blue Raider offense continued to chip away at the lead, putting up two more runs in the top of the third. Justin Sims drove in the first run with a triple and Josh Archer added the second run with a single. Unfortunately for the Blue Raiders, they would not score again until the top of the ninth inning.

In between, the Golden Panthers would add two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run homer from Solomon Frieder. One more run would cross the plate in the bottom of the eighth when Bernie Gonzalez doubled in Dennis Diaz, making the score 11-3.

The Blue Raiders finally got back in the scoring column in the top of the ninth. Nate Jaggers was hit by a pitch from reliever Michael Baluja to start the frame, Sims walked, and Archer singled to load the bases with no outs. A single from Marshall Nisbett drove in the first run and an error by FIU right fielder Gonzalez allowed the second run to score. Chris Legeunec drove in the third run with a ground ball to third, ending the scoring for the Blue Raiders.

Chase Swing became a positive highlight for the Blue Raiders in the game. The freshman from Shelbyville pitched the final four innings for MT, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out four.

Horschel took the loss in the game to drop to 4-3 while FIU starter Matthew Crandall picked up the win to improve to 3-1.

The Blue Raiders will take the no. 8 seed into the Sun Belt Conference tournament and will play regular season champions South Alabama on Wednesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.

The remainder of the matchups on Wednesday are as follows: 9:30 AM - No. 6 New Mexico State vs. No. 3 Western Kentucky 12:30 PM - No. 7 Arkansas State vs. No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette 3:30 PM - No. 5 New Orleans vs. No. 4 Florida International

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