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Blue Raiders drop doubleheader to ULM

Dukes' two home runs not enough in Game 2 loss

March 29, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MONROE, La. - Middle Tennessee dropped both games of its doubleheader with ULM on Friday, falling 2-1 in Game 1, and 7-6 (eight innings) in Game 2.

Caitlin McClure (1-10) started Game 1 of the doubleheader, taking the loss after allowing two runs on five hits. She struck out two in the game.

Laura Dukes was MT's leading offensive contributor in the game. She was 2-for-3 with a double in the game, while Nina Dever and Lindsey Fenner were each 1-for-3 in the game. Marquez had MT's other hit.

In the bottom of the third, ULM broke the stalemate when Elena Dimattia led off the inning with a line-drive double off of Samantha Nieves' glove. She then scored on Courtney Dutreix's single.

The Blue Raiders answered back with a run in the top of the fourth. Dever singled up the middle, and when Kayla Toney laid down a sacrifice bunt, ULM's Kayla Prater threw it past first base into the outfield, scoring Dever and moving Toney to third. Niki Campbell, who reached on a fielder's choice, was thrown out at the plate for the third out in the inning.

ULM scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, when Prater led off with a walk, and later scored on Mackenzie Miller's single.

Jordyn Fisherback took the ball for Game 2 and allowed three runs on six hits. She struck out two in 3.1 innings. Shelby Stinnett entered the game with one out in the fourth, and threw into the seventh, allowing two runs in 2.2 innings pitched.

McClure, who entered in the seventh, took the loss after walking two and allowing two runs on two hits.

MT started hot, as Marquez led off the game with a solo blast over the left field fence, putting the Blue Raiders up 1-0.

After ULM answered back with a run of its own in the bottom of the first, MT re-took the lead in the second.

Toney was hit by a pitch in the first at-bat of the inning, and moved to second on Campbell's sacrifice bunt. With one out, Good singled, and Toney came around to score when a throw into the infield from right was errant.

The Warhawks took the lead briefly in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits, but Stinnett, who entered the game with 1 out, was able to strand on ULM runner and end the threat.

In the fifth, Nieves singled with one out, and Dukes re-acquired the lead for MT with a 2-run home run over the center field wall.

Nieves singled with one out in the seventh, and Dukes hit her second two-run home run of the game, giving MT insurance runs headed into the final inning.

ULM, however, would manufacture a three-run seventh inning to force extras.

Campbell led off the eighth with a double, but MT couldn't take advantage of the clutch hit, and stranded two in the inning.

ULM would clinch the game in the bottom of the eighth.  With one out, Alexis Cacioppo would single to center field, scoring Haley McCall.

Game 3 of the series will be played Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. 

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