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Blue uses solid pitching effort to take series lead

Haggard leads Blue with 3-for-4 performance

October 23, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Strong pitching and a 3-for-4 performance from Trevor Haggard propelled the Blue team to a 6-1 victory over the White squad on Wednesday in game three of the Blue-White World Series. The Blue team now leads the series, 2-1.

The first inning started shaky for the White team's Brandon Zajac, who gave up four walks and allowed a runs to score by a wild pitch and walk. In the third, Jake Ellison's single to left field scored Trent Miller to put Blue up by three.

Haggard followed in the fourth with the first homer of the fall series with a bomb to right field. Haggard's single in left center scored Will Small in the eighth. The redshirt sophomore eventually scored thanks to an RBI single by short stop Austin Bryant.

The White squad scored its lone run Jared Allen crossed the plate thanks to an Andrew Cash infield single.

Haggard completed the day with 3 hits, two runs, two RBI and a home run for the Blue team. Bryant went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, while Miller scored two runs on two hits. The right fielder Ellison earned two hits, a walk and an RBI in his four at bats.

Garrett Ring's start for the Blue team was strong as he tossed four hitless innings, fanning three and walking two in 53 pitches. St. Louis native Kaleb King earned the win with one hit given up in an inning pitched. Cody Tollison and Will Small combined for three hitless innings before Paul Mittura closed out the ninth with an earned run allowed.

Zajac was tabbed with the loss, giving up four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Kooper Kessler tossed two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth. Murfreesboro product Jonathan Sisco saw two innings of work with two runs allowed, while Caleb Smith threw a scoreless ninth.

The Blue-White series continues with game four on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. A live audio broadcast and stats will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com. Admission to Reese Smith Field is free and open to the public.

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