Blue Raiders suffer doubleheader losses to FAU

Campbell picks up two doubles in Game 2

March 19, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Blue Raider softball team fell, 13-2 and 5-3 in a doubleheader with Florida Atlantic on Tuesday.  Game 1 lasted just five innings, while Game 2 ended with bases loaded for Middle Tennessee in the seventh.

MT (2-26, 1-5 SBC) and FAU (16-18, 5-3) each had 14 hits on the day, but the Blue Raiders were doomed by four errors in Game 1 and three in Game 2.

Jordyn Fisherback (2-13) started Game 1, but found trouble early, as she gave up three runs in the first before Shelby Stinnett replaced her.  Fisherback was accountable for five runs total (three earned).  Stinnett threw 4.0 innings and allowed seven more runs while striking out two, but just three of the runs were earned.

Freshman Ashley Stassin entered the game in the first, and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts.

Samantha Nieves, Nina Dever and Nina Davenport were each 2-for-3 in the first game, as Dever tallied her fifth double of the season.  Davenport had one RBI, and Niki Campbell, who went 1-for-3, picked up the other.

In the second inning, Dever led off with a double, and when Davenport grounded out to the pitcher, Dever advanced to third.  With runners on the corners and two out, Campbell singled through the left side to the BLue Raiders on the board.

FAU tacked on seven more runs before the fifth, stretching its lead to 13-1.  With MT down to its last chance, Nieves singled with one out and moved to second on Dever's bunt single.  During Davenport's at-bat, both runners moved into scoring position and Nieves came home on Davenport's single up the middle.

Game 2 featured Caitlin McClure on the mound, and though she allowed five runs, none were earned and McClure walked just one while striking out five in a complete game performance.

Campbell's offensive outburst continued in the second contest, as she was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two doubles.  She also drew a walk.

Chelsea Good started the game in left, and went 2-for-3 in the game with a run.

After FAU scored two runs in the first, the game remained scoreless until the fifth, when the Owls tacked on three more runs to lead, 5-0.

From there, the Blue Raiders answered back with three of their own.  Good singled up the middle and moved to second when Davenport reached on an error by Alexa Ballard.  After Kristi Marquez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Good scored on a wild pitch during Nieves at-bat.  With two outs, Campbell laced her second double of the game to score Marquez and Davenport.

Down to its last chance in the bottom of the seventh, MT worked three straight walks with two outs, loading the bases and setting up an opportunity for last-minute heroics.  FAU's Stephanie Call, however, would strike out the final batter to secure the win.

The three-game series concludes tomorrow, March 20, in a single-game at 2 p.m.

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