Softball struggles in doubleheader with FIU

Toney, Nieves homer in losses

March 16, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MIAMI, Fla. - Middle Tennessee dropped both games of its doubleheader against FIU on Saturday, 6-1 and 12-4 (six innings).

MT drops to 2-23 (1-3 SBC) while FIU improves to 20-13 (2-0 SBC).

In Game 1, Jordyn Fisherback (2-11) threw six complete innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out three.  Fisherback didn't walk a batter in the contest.

Samantha Nieves was 1-for-3 in the contest with a solo home run, while Kayla Toney put together a 2-for-3 performance.  Those were MT's only hits for Game 1.

FIU took a 3-0 lead lead early, knocking in three runs in the bottom of the first, but MT cut the lead to two when Nieves blasted her second home run of the season to lead off the second.

The Panthers controlled the game from there, however, as they tacked on one run in the second and two in the fifth.

Caitlin McClure (0-6) started Game 2, and allowed 12 runs (10 earned) through 5.2 innings, when the game was called due to the eight-run rule.  McClure struck out one and walked four on the day.

Nieves was 2-for-3 in the game, while Toney, Nina Davenport, LaRi Mitchell and Kristi Marquez all finished 1-for-3.  Nina Dever was impressive in the game, finishing 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.  

FIU again jumped out to a big lead early, scoring four unanswered in the first frame.  The Panthers would tacki on one more in the third before MT started scoring.

In the top of the fourth, Nieves singled with one out, then advanced to second as Marquez grounded out.  With two outs, Dever smacked a double to left center, scoring Nieves.  From there, Dever advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Niki Campbell reached on a fielding error by FIU's Krys Garcia.

After FIU got one back in its half of the fourth, the Blue Raiders scored two more on a single swing by Toney.  Davenport led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Toney launched her first home run of the season over the left-center wall.

That was as close as MT would get, however, as FIU scored three in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, ending the game, 12-4.

The Blue Raiders and FIU will square off in Game 3 of the series tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT.  For live updates, stay tuned to @MT_Softball.

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