Blue Raiders split doubleheader with Evansville
Fenner picks up RBI double in Game 1April 10, 2013 · @MTAthletics
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Middle Tennessee defeated Evansville, 5-2, in Game 1 of its doubleheader before getting shutout, 7-0, in Game 2 on Wednesday afternoon at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium.
MT (5-34) had nine hits in the first contest, while UE (13-23) committed four errors.
Caitlin McClure (2-11) picked up her second win of the season with a complete game performance, allowing just two runs and scattering seven hits.
LaRi Mitchell was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, while Nina Davenport went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
In the top of the second, Mitchell singled with one out and scored all the way from first when Lindsey Fenner cracked her first collegiate double.
After Evansville tied it in its half of the second, MT tacked on another in the third. Davenport reached on an error by Brianna Villanueva, and advanced to second on Samantha Nieves' sacrifice bunt. Toney moved Davenport to third as she reached on an error. When Dukes laid down a bunt in her next at-bat, Davenport raced home and beat the tag for the score.
The Purple Aces re-tied the game in the fourth, but the Blue Raiders once again answered back in the next inning.
Davenport singled to lead off the fifth, and once again took second on a Nieves sacrifice bunt. She then scored when Toney reached on an error by centerfielder Tamara Robey.
MT put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs, beginning with Davenport's second single of the game and Nieves' third sacrifice bunt. With one on and one out, Toney singled to center, scoring Davenport. Dever then doubled with two outs to right field, scoring Toney.
In Game 2, Jordyn Fisherback (3-16) gave up seven runs on nine hits, taking the loss.
The Blue Raiders managed just three hits (two from Niki Campbell) in the game as UE racked up five runs in the sixth to put the game away.
The Blue Raiders continue their road trip this weekend, April 13-14, against Louisiana in Lafayette, La. They will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a single-game beginning at Noon on Sunday.
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