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Blue outlasts White in World Series opener, 5-3

Defensive play secures victory for Blue squad

October 19, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - A three-run seventh inning and a heads up defensive play in the bottom of the ninth propelled the men in Blue to a 5-3 victory over the White team in the opening game of the Blue-White World Series at Reese Smith Field on Saturday.

The Blue team capitalized on a couple of White team miscues to take the go-ahead lead in the top of the seventh. Thomas Miller scored on a wild pitch, while Will Small reached home plate thanks to a passed ball. Devin Fish's single up the middle scored Heath Slatton to give the Blue squad a 4-1 edge.

The White team chipped away with a run in the seventh inning. In the ninth, the White team threatened with a two-out bases-loaded jam. Michael Adkins' single up the middle scored Kevin Dupree to make it a 5-3 contest. However, Brad Jarreau was tagged out in an attempt to run home thanks to a heads up defensive play that resulted in a Fish, Austin Bryant and Thomas Miller putout.

Garret Ring picked up the victory for the Blue team after tossing two and a third scoreless innings and fanning three. Paul Mittura racked up the save in two innings of work, giving up an earned run with a strikeout. Kooper Kessler earned the loss after giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits in 2.2 innings.

Starters Zac Curtis and Johnathan Frebis had strong outings for their respective teams giving up just one run each. Curtis went four complete innings for the White team, allowing three hits and fanning two. Frebis, a junior lefty, walked two and gave up a run on three hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Small led the Blue offensive attack with a 2-for-4 afternoon. The Atlanta product drove in and scored a run. Fish and Miller also had two-hit affairs for team Blue. Adkins led the White team with a 2-for-4 day, scoring a run and notching an RBI.

The chilly overcast game saw the two squads combine for 14 hits and six errors. The Blue squad scored five runs on eight hits with two errors. The White team tallied a trifecta of runs on six hits and four miscues.

Middle Tennessee continues the second game of the Blue-White World Series on Sunday in a scheduled 2 p.m. first pitch. Left-hander Nathan Foriest is on the mound for the White team, while right-handed newcomer Matt Blackham gets the nod for the Blue squad.

A live Internet only broadcast and stats will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com. Admission to the Blue-White World Series is free and open to the public.

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