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Softball falls 15-12 to ULM

Four Blue Raiders have multiple RBI day

March 27, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MONROE, La. - The Middle Tennessee softball team fell 15-12 to the ULM Warhawks on Sunday. The Blue Raiders drop to 9-19 on the season, including a 3-6 record in Sun Belt play.

Like a heavyweight fight, the two teams stood in the center of the ring and took shots at each other for over two and half hours, but it would not be the Blue Raiders' day. Having historically struggled in games at Monroe, MT drops to 2-7 all-time when playing the Warhawks on the road.

The series-finale saw the squads combine for 27 runs and 33 hits, five lead-changes and seven different pitchers. A heavily contested weekend series, their were a 12 total lead-changes between the three games.

In Sunday's game, Jessi Couch led the Blue Raiders, going 3-4 with solo-shot home run and three runs scored. Brittney Banania, Kayla Toney, Kaycee Popham and Kristi Marquez all had multiple RBI games for Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders' biggest inning of the game came in the fourth where the Raiders tallied six runs off six hits. All hits and runs in the inning came with two outs. Couch got MT going with a single up the middle before Kelsey Woodruff came in to tally her second pinch-hit single in as many days. A walked worked by Nina Davenport would load the bases. Kelsey Dortch was hit by pitch to drive in the Couch. This was Dortch's 12th RBI on the year. Toney then knocked a pinch-hit two-RBI single, giving her 13 on the year. After an Corrie Abel RBI-single, Popham cleared the bases on her seventh double of the season. Middle Tennessee led 6-4 at that point.

Combine for the weekend, Corrie Abel led MT with 10 hits and four RBIs.

Middle Tennessee will return to Sun Belt action on Tuesday when the play host to the Owls of Florida Atlantic. Live audio and statistics will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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