Blue Raiders sweep Memphis with 18-3 win
13 extra base hits help in trampling of TigersMarch 4, 2009 · MT Athletic Communications
Middle Tennessee had 19 hits on the night with 13 extra base hits including four home runs. Leading the charge were juniors Drew Robertson and Stuart Meinhart who each went 3 for 4 with two doubles and scoring three runs.
"We have been swinging the ball outstanding and have had clutch hits in both games. Box it a big home run and Zach stepped up and did the same today. We have some experienced and competitive batters," head coach Steve Peterson said.
Meinhart's double to left field in the bottom of the second inning put the first run on the board for the Blue Raiders as Robertson scored from second. Then a three-run home run to right field by Dean broke open the game for Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders scored six runs on six hits to take a 6-0 lead.
Then Robertson hit his first career home run to right field in the next inning to extend the Middle Tennessee lead to seven.
Middle Tennessee added another seven runs in the seventh inning after two home runs, two doubles and a triple.
A double by Guidry scored two more runs giving the Blue Raiders a 15 run lead in the eighth inning.
In the two game series the Blue Raiders outscored the Tigers 36 to seven with just three extra base hits in the first game.
Junior Chad Edwards received the win as he worked six innings allowing two runs on seven hits. Freshman Brett Wilson, sophomore Jud Stoltz and junior Coty Woods combined for three innings of work allowing one hit and one run with three strikeouts.
"Chad Edwards pitched very well today. I thought he had one of the best starts he has had. He worked six quality innings and on Wednesday it is huge that you have a good outing from your starter because you don't want to use too much of your bullpen," Peterson said.
The Blue Raiders will head to New Orleans, La., on Thursday for its Sun Belt Conference opening series with New Orleans. Middle Tennessee will play a three-game series with the Privateers beginning on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
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