Miller powers Blue Raiders to rain-delayed victory over WKU

Sophomore posts five RBI in win

March 18, 2012 · Athletic Communications
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Nearly 22 hours after the scheduled start to Saturday's meeting with conference rival WKU, the Middle Tennessee baseball team completed a 6-2 victory over the Hilltoppers on Sunday afternoon at Reese Smith Jr. Field.

The game featured four rain delays totaling over three hours prior to the suspension of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Blue Raiders picked up where they left off in the early afternoon on Sunday prior to moving on to the third and final game of the series.

Trent Miller was outstanding for MT, putting up a career day at the plate by going 4-for-4 with five runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Three other Blue Raiders collected a hit, helping MT out-hit the Hilltoppers 9-6 on the day.

Johnathan Frebis had the makings of a spectacular outing on the mound early, over-coming two delays and facing the minimum through five innings before the Hilltoppers broke through for a pair of runs in the seventh. The freshman pitched six-plus frames, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven.

Foriest and Montgomery combined to pick up the final nine outs of the frame while allowing two hits.

The Blue Raiders jumped out early with three runs in the first. Ryan Ford and Justin Guidry walked, and Hank LaRue reached on a bunt single to load the bases for Miller, who responded with a single to right center to score two. Johnny Thomas followed up with a single to score LaRue.

MT struck again in the third for three more after Guidry and LaRue opened up with walks, and Miller sent the ball over the wall in left to push the lead to 6-0.

Following an hourlong rain delay, WKU loaded the bases with no outs, but could only push across a pair of runs before Montgomery was able to limit the damage with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts.

On Sunday, the Blue Raiders were the team to load the bases without recording an out, but the damage was minimal as Ryan Stephens registered a sacrifice fly to score Miller.

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