Blue Raiders Suffer Third Straight Loss In 6-3 Setback At SMSMarch 19, 2005 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee built its lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth with more two-out magic. Eakes singled with two outs and advanced to second when Adam Warren struck out, but reached on a wild pitch to continue the inning. Hines stepped to the plate with two outs and worked the count to 3-2 before fouling off three straight pitches. Hines coaxed a walk and the pitch got all the way to the screen on the fourth ball, allowing Eakes to score and give Middle Tennessee a 2-0 lead. Warren advanced to second on Hines' walk, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to give the Blue Raiders a 3-0 lead.
Sophomore righty Matt Scott was cruising going into the bottom of the sixth, but he hit Matt Weglarz leading off the inning. Tim Rafferty followed with a double and Jerrod White delivered a three-run home run to tie the game at 3-3 and chase Scott.
"Matt mowed them down in the fifth and was pitching well but it fell apart in the sixth and the game was tied before I could get the bullpen ready," Middle Tennessee coach Steve Peterson said. "It became a battle of the bullpens and their pen was better than ours today."
Middle Tennessee managed just four hits in the game with Eakes going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hines added the double and Warren beat out a bunt single to account for the Blue Raider offense.
The Blue Raiders will conclude the three-game series against SMS Sunday at 1 p.m. Eric Blevins is the scheduled starter for Middle Tennessee.
NOTES: Middle Tennessee has lost three straight for the first time this season ... Matt Scott stretched his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a run to 14 before allowing three in the sixth ... The first five hitters in the Blue Raider lineup were a combined 0-for-20 ... Middle Tennessee fell to 0-9 all-time against SMS in Springfield, Mo., with the loss.
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