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Toney homers twice against SEMO

Freshman tallies four RBIs in doubleheader split

April 28, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Freshman Kayla Toney tallied two home runs on the day, including a three-run blast in Middle Tennessee's 7-3 win over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday at Blue Raider Field.

Toney's home run in the second contest helped secure Middle Tennessee's 17th victory of the year after falling 3-2 in the opening contest. On the day, MT moves to 17-29 overall.

In the win, Kaycee Popham tallied her 25th RBI of the year, giving Middle Tennessee a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Popham drove a hard single to center, scoring Kelsey Dortch from second on the play. In the prior at bat, Dortch walked then stole second. As a senior, Dortch leads the squad with 16 stolen bases.

Southeast Missouri took the lead 2-1 in the third, on a two-run single.

Natalie Ysais brought the Raiders back even, 2-2, in the fourth on a single to left. Dortch set the table for Ysais, doubling to the right field gap.

The Redhawks retook the lead in the top of the fifth 3-2. MT would regain the lead in the bottom half of the side. They would not trail again the remainder of the contest.

In the inning, Kelsey Woodruff provided the needed clutch-hit to drive in the two runs. Her single to right, brought home Brittney Banania and Toney. Woodruff has 16 RBIs on the season.

Toney added the insurance, blasting her three-run homer to put the game out of reach with a final score 7-3. On the game, the Hendersonville, Tenn., native went 3-4.

Caty Jutson was solid from the circle, going five innings. She allowed three runs off seven hits. Janele Robinson closed the door in the sixth and seventh to earn her first save of the season. Jutson advances to 5-9 on the year.

The Blue Raiders are 11-7, when scoring the first run of the game this season.

In the opening contest, Middle Tennessee fought hard against a level opponent, but could not manage to get the big hit needed to garner the victory. As a team, Middle Tennessee totaled 10 hits, but left six runners on base. Corrie Abel, Dortch, Popham and Kristi Marquez all had two-hit games.

After allowing three runs to the Redhawks over the first six innings, Toney got the Raiders on the scoreboard, powering an outside pitch over the right field wall for a solo-shot homer.

Abel followed Toney's bomb with a single. Kandra Singleton pinch-ran for Abel, before Woodruff grounded-out advancing Singleton to second. After a Kelsey Dortch single, Singleton came home on Dortch's failed steal attempt. MT trailed 3-2 after six.

The Blue Raiders had their chance in the bottom of the seventh, putting on two quick runners. Ysais stepped in with two outs and runners at second and third, but was unable to get the needed hit. The Blue Raiders fell 3-2.

Robinson threw a respectable game in her 11th loss of the year. The Toledo, Ill., native went the distance striking out four batters and giving up just three runs off seven hits. She moves to 5-11 on the season.

Middle Tennessee will be off this weekend, before concluding their 2011 regular-season next week with a Tuesday doubleheader at UT-Martin and a split series with WKU on Wednesday and Saturday. Live audio and statistics will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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