Blue Raiders fall to Vandy 15-7

Bishop breaks runs scored record

April 14, 2009 · MT Athletic Communications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee fell to Vanderbilt 15-7 on Tuesday night as senior Rawley Bishop topped another category in Blue Raider history.

The Blue Raiders (24-9) had 12 hits on the night with sophomore Bryce Brentz notching three including a double and a home run. Senior Rawley Bishop recorded two of his own in addition to driving in a run. Bishop scored one run breaking the career runs scored record which was previously held by Jeff Beachum who played at Middle Tennessee from 2004-07.

Vanderbilt (22-13) ended the night with 15 hits with four of those being for extra bases led by Andrew Giobbi and Joe Loftus who each had three hits on the night.

Sonny Gray took the win on the mound for the Commodores as he allowed one run on four hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Sophomore Jud Stoltz took the loss on the mound as he allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work.

Sophomore Marshall Mears worked two innings in relief allowing six runs on five hits. Senior Brett Smalley also entered the game in relief as he allowed two runs on two hits in two innings of work.

Middle Tennessee began the game swinging the bat using four hits to take 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Bishop broke the career runs scored record at Middle Tennessee after scoring from second on a double down the left field line by Darlington to put the Blue Raiders up 2-0.

Vanderbilt did not wait to respond as it scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at three.

The Commodores broke the tie in the third after Liddle scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Westlake.

Middle Tennessee scored two runs to take a 5-4 lead, one scored after a triple by Hines and the other on a single up the middle by Brentz.

Vanderbilt knotted the scored again in the bottom of the fifth after a single by Esposito. The Commodores proceeded to break open the game capped by a three-run home run to left center by Giobbi, Vanderbilt ended the inning scoring seven runs on four hits which included two Blue Raider errors.

Brentz hit a solo shot to straightaway centerfield in the seventh cutting the Commodore lead to seven.

The Blue Raiders will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 15 to play Tennessee at 6 p.m.

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