Middle Tennessee sweeps doubleheader

Edwards throws shutout

March 20, 2010 · Athletic Communications
JONESBORO, Ark. - Chad Edwards pitched a complete game shutout for the Blue Raiders as they took home their second series victory of the season on Saturday evening at Arkansas State, 2-0.

Edwards' complete game was the first by a Middle Tennessee pitcher this season. The senior allowed seven hits and one walk over nine innings.

"Edwards pitched a heck of a ball game," said Head Coach Steve Peterson. "Arkansas State is a good club, and Chad really hit his spots and dominated the strike zone."

Middle Tennessee recorded seven hits for the game from seven different hitters. Justin Miller led the way, going 1-3 and scoring two runs. Both Tyler Burnett and Ryan Ford went 1-4 at the plate with a run batted in.

The Blue Raiders opened the scoring in the second with a run. Miller reached on a one-out single through the left side, and advanced on a Drew Robertson single through the right side. A two-out single by Burnett brought home Miller for the score.

Middle Tennessee tacked on another run in the seventh. Miller opened up with a walk and advanced to second on a Robertson sacrifice bunt, and Ford singled in the run.

In game one, the Blue Raiders rallied from being down 4-0 early to win 8-5.

Seven of the eight runs for Middle Tennessee were scored with two outs recorded in the inning. Miller starred in the first game as well, going 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Burnett, Zach Hudson, Tyler Acker and Stuart Meinhart also put together multi-hit games for the Blue Raiders, who outhit the Red Wolves 16-10.

Hunter Adkins started for the Blue Raiders, but pitched just two and one-third innings, allowing four earned runs and five hits while walking four. Justin Guidry pitched three and one-third strong innings and allowed just a single run. Nick Montgomery earned his fifth win of the season, giving up just two hits and a walk in the final three and one-third innings.

The Blue Raiders will head home for four games next week, starting with Belmont on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Radio coverage will be provided by the Blue Raider Radio Network.

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