Blue Raider Softball ready for doubleheader against Alabama

Alabama finished 2013 ranked in the top-10

October 17, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday, Oct. 20 to play a doubleheader against the University of Alabama starting at 1 p.m.

The Blue Raiders will take on the Crimson Tide in their first meetings of the 2013-14 schedule. MT will play a regular season contest against Alabama on Feb. 8 in the Troy Subway Invitational.

Middle Tennessee is coming off a split with Lipscomb last Saturday. The Blue Raiders used two late-inning rallies to take game one and were led by outstanding pitching performances by Caitlin McClure and Shelby Stinnett.

McClure pitched 6.1 innings while giving up five runs, only two were earned. Stinnett stepped in to close out the final 1.2 innings, earning the victory for MT.

After being shutout in the first five innings, MT jumped on the score board in the sixth, plating three runners and taking a 3-2 lead. In the bottom half of the sixth, Lipscomb took back the lead on a two-run triple down the first base line, only for MT to take it back for good in the seventh.

MT's Taylor Lee provided a single, and Nina Dever blasted a shot deep past the left centerfield fence. Stinnett held LU scoreless in the bottom of the inning, giving MT its second win of the fall season 6-5.

Game two was not for the Blue Raiders, being outscored 5-0 in seven innings. Starting pitcher Jordyn Fisherback made it through two innings before opening the third and taking a line drive off the knee.

Stinnett appeared in relief once more, pitching four-scoreless innings while striking out one. In the seventh, Lauren Riddell came in to close out the day for MT, but gave up four runs, allowing the game to run away from the Blue Raiders.

Alabama has completed only two games so far in its fall season, taking down Northwest Florida State College by scores of 11-2 and 4-0. The Crimson Tide finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 45-15, placing ninth in the NCAA RPI, 10th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches and ESPN.com/USA Softball Polls.

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Middle Tennessee Assistant Coach Kelly Montalvo, who played for the Tide from 2006-2009. Montalvo was named to the NFCA All-District team, All-SEC first team, SEC All-Defensive team and the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team her senior season, which are only a few of her accolades earned at Alabama.

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