Softball strands 15 runners in doubleheader versus Kentucky

Toney notches two doubles for the day

April 17, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee dropped both games of its doubleheader with Kentucky, falling 7-4 in Game 1 and 13-1 (in five innings) in Game 2.

MT (5-39, 1-16 SBC) left 15 runners on base for the day, while UK (33-12, 9-6 SEC) managed to hit five home runs in the second game.

Shelby Stinnett (0-8) threw 6.2 innings, but couldn't get the final out after a five-run seventh inning. Stinnett allowed seven runs on 10 hits, striking out just two. Caitlin McClure entered the game in with two outs in the seventh, giving up one hit but ending the Wildcats' rally.

Nina Dever led the Blue Raiders with a 2-for-4 performance, scoring two runs, while Kayla Toney and Nina Davenport were each 1-for-2. Toney had two RBI and two walks, while Davenport added a walk.

UK led, 2-0 after the fourth, but MT would cut the lead to one in the fifth. With one out, Dever singled up the middle and moved to second on a Toney walk. Both runners moved up on LaRi Mitchell's groundout, and Dever would score on a wild pitch during Ashley Stassin's at-bat.

Both teams would provide fireworks in the seventh, but UK's five-runs in the top half were too much for MT to overcome.

Down 7-1, Samantha Nieves led off the inning with a single down the right line, followed by Dever's one-out single. Toney then drilled a double to left-center, scoring both Nieves and Dever. Toney moved to third on a wild pitch during Mitchell's at-bat, prior to Mitchell's RBI-infield single. MT, however, could not overcome the deficit.

Stassin took the circle to start Game 2, dropping to 0-1 on the year after lasting just one inning. She left the game after allowing three runs on three hits. McClure entered in the second and left with two outs in the third. She gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits, prior to being replaced by Jordyn Fisherback.

Toney was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the contest, while Dukes was 2-for-3 and Mitchell a perfect 2-for-2.

MT took an early lead in the game as Toney doubled with one out in the first, then scored on Dukes' RBI-single that found the gap.

From there, however, it was all Wildcats, who rattled off 13 unanswered runs, including five home runs to enact the run-rule.

The Blue Raiders will host North Texas in a three-game series this weekend, April 20-21.

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