Game one suspended at South Alabama, MT leading 11-9 in 14th
Game will resume at 5 p.m. SaturdayMay 3, 2013 · @MTAthletics
MOBILE, Ala. - With the Blue Raider baseball team leading South Alabama 11-9 in the top of the 14th, Friday's game has been suspended.
Middle Tennessee will have one on and one out with Robert Lawrence at the plate when the game resumes at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Game two of the series will follow the conclusion of game two, with first pitch slated for approximately 6:30 p.m.
MT's three-run rally in the ninth forced extra innings, and first baseman Trent Miller's two-run blast in the 14th put the Blue Raiders in front before heavy rain moved into the area. Miller is currently 5-for-6 and has tied his career-high of five RBI.
Daniel Palo's five shutout innings kept the Blue Raiders in the contest. Palo entered in the ninth with the game tied and twice left the winning run stranded at third over the five frames, scattering just two hits in the effort.
The Blue Raiders broke up the scoreless stalemate in the third. Second baseman Johnny Thomas poked a single just past the shortstop to score the game's first run, and Miller added a pair with a double to the right-center gap for the 3-0 advantage. Centerfielder Ryan Stephens drove Miller in with a triple, and an errant throw on the play allowed him to trot home for the 5-0 lead.
The Jaguars recovered three runs in the third on a trio of hits and an error, then cut the deficit to one in the fourth on two more hits.
A four-run fifth put the Jaguars in front. MT starting pitcher Johnathan Frebis issued a two-out walk, then the wheels fell off as back-to-back hits scored a pair to give South Alabama a one-run lead. The Jaguars made it a three-run cushion when designated hitter Dustin Dalken ripped a triple to right and later scored on a wild pitch.
The two teams traded runs in the eighth to make 9-6 before MT's three-run rally. A one-out walk to pinch-hitter Dalton Henzman sparked the comeback. Shortstop Ryan Ford followed with a base-knock, and another walk to Thomas loaded the bases before third baseman Hank LaRue dropped a single into center that brought the Blue Raiders within a run. With Thomas standing on third, Miller's deep fly to center knotted the contest at 9-9.
Miller came through again in the 14th. After LaRue's routine fly got caught in the wind and dropped for a double, Miller sent a laser over the rightfield wall for his seventh home run of the year, giving MT the 11-9 lead.
Designated hitter Michael Adkins followed with a single as the rain began to fall and South Alabama was in the middle of a pitching change when the game was halted due to heavy rain.
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