White wins 14-11 to split annual series

Newcomers perform well for each team

October 28, 2009 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Smarting from a 17-2 shellacking on Monday, the White team came out swinging, then held on to beat the Blue team 14-11 Wednesday afternoon to gain a split in the annual Blue White series that signifies the end of the fall practice for MTSU baseball.

The White team jumped on senior Chad Edwards for seven hits, six of them singles, to score eight runs in the first inning. Then, behind the pitching of Jud Stoltz and Tyler Hyde, White built a 14-2 lead at the end of seven innings. Stoltz pitched four innings and Hyde three.

But the Blue team did not go quietly the rest of the game. They scored one in the eighth, and plated eight runs in the ninth, to cut the lead to 14-11. Freshman Ryan Ford's three-run double ended the afternoon for White reliever Hunter Dawson, but freshman Paul Mittura came in and got the last out.

"We liked some things we saw, and saw some things we need to work on," head coach Steve Peterson said. "We have real good power, and more speed than last year. Our pitching is not dominant yet, but it is better than last year."

Pacing the White offense was freshman catcher Dain McNabb, who was 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI's. Justin Jones went 2 for 4 with a home run and scored three times, while Alex McClure was 3 for 6 with an RBI.

Ford's double was the big blow for the Blue team, while junior Will Skinner was 2 for 5 with a home run and a double.

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