Blue Raiders pick up series win over Louisiana Tech

Sisco pitches Middle Tennessee to 4-2 victory

March 4, 2012 · Athletic Communications
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Jonathan Sisco continued his strong start to the season on Sunday, tossing a complete game three-hitter, helping the Middle Tennessee baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Louisiana Tech at Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Sisco faced just five more hitters than the minimum and induced 14 ground ball outs and two double plays while striking out four. After giving up a pair of runs to start off the fifth frame, the Murfreesboro native retired 14 of the final 15 hitters in order.

The junior also became the first pitcher to keep La. Tech's Ryan Gebhart off the basepaths since last season. Prior to Sunday, the sophomore shortstop had reached base safely in 41 consecutive games.

Four Blue Raiders recorded a hit on the day, led by Justin Guidry's 3-for-4 outing. The senior leftfielder also tallied a run and a stolen base. As a team, MT out-hit the Bulldogs 6-3.

A two-out rally in the opening frame gave MT the first lead of the game. Ethan Williams earned a walk. A stolen base and Guidry single moved him to third, and a wild pitch pushed him across the plate. Johnny Thomas reached on a Gebhart fielding error, and later forced a rundown that allowed Guidry to steal home.

A Bulldog home run and sacrifice fly evened it up in the fifth, but the Blue Raiders punched back an inning later. Back-to-back singles and a groundout put Ryan Stephens and Robert Lawrence in scoring position, but La. Tech pitcher Trevor Peterson did the rest of the work as a balk and a wild pitch gave the Blue and White the final 4-2 advantage.

The Blue Raiders, who have held a lead in all but one game this season, picked up their second series win to move 7-4. La. Tech dropped to 8-5.

MT will now get ready for its first trip outside the state of Tennessee with a mid-week trek to Carbondale, Ill., for a two-game series with the Salukis of Southern Illinois. Jordan Cooper is slated to throw in the opener on Tuesday, and first pitch at Abe Martin Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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