Blue Raiders shut out at Troy

MT strands 10 in loss

March 30, 2013 · @MTAthletics

TROY, Ala. - The Blue Raider baseball team was unable to get the offense going in a 3-0 loss to the Troy Trojans on Saturday night at Riddle-Pace Field.

MT (16-13, 3-5 Sun Belt) struggled to capitalize on base-runners for the second night in a row. The Blue Raiders left a runner stranded at third in the first three innings and four times in the contest. The best opportunity came in the second when MT had the bases loaded but couldn't come up with the timely hit. A total of 10 Blue Raiders were left on in the contest.

Troy (18-7, 5-3 SBC) put a run across in the second, fifth and seventh innings. A two-out single from shortstop Tyler Vaughn plated the first run and a sacrifice fly from third baseman Matthew Howard made it 2-0. Designated hitter Logan Pierce accounted for the final run with a solo shot over the rightfield wall in the seventh.

Johnny Thomas was the lone Blue Raider with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 at the plate.

Johnathan Frebis (3-3) took the loss despite giving up just one earned run. He allowed two runs on five hits, struck out five and walked four in five innings. Daniel Palo pitched the final three innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out two with a walk.

Will Starling (4-2) picked up the win with seven innings of three-hit ball. He fanned eight and walked four, while Matthew Howard earned his fourth save of the season after striking out two and giving up a hit in the final inning.

The Blue Raiders look to avoid the sweep on Sunday when Zac Curtis takes the mound for MT. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Riddle-Pace Field.

On the lack of producing runs...
"It's been very, very frustrating. The past two days it's been very difficult for us to produce anything. We came into the game saying we were going to try to hit and run and do some things, and we did. But we just couldn't execute that part of the game either. We've been getting runners on base, but once we do, we can't do anything with them and we're definitely not driving them in."

On getting good pitching despite the losses....
"We've wasted two good pitching performances the past two days as a staff. They did a good job driving Frebis' pitch count up, but Palo comes in and only made one bad pitch. He was solid the rest of the time as well. But when you don't drive runs in, you can't win in those situations."

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