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MT Splits Games Against Trevecca Nazarene

Blue Raiders Conclude Fall Slate

October 26, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team split its pair of games against Trevecca Nazarene Saturday afternoon, concluding the 2013 fall slate. MT lost game one 4-2 after allowing two two-run innings, but rebounded to take game two 7-5.

In game one, the Blue Raiders let the Trojans get on the board early, scoring two runs in the second on MT's starting pitcher Caitlin McClure. TNU had its opportunity to score more than the two allowed, leaving the bases loaded.

The Trojans held off scoring in the third but added two more in the top of the fourth. MT got the first two runners out on a ground out and a fly out, respectively. The next two batters reached on a pair of singles. TNU's Alex Richardson slapped a double to center, scoring both base runners.

MT with only two hits through four had yet to put up an offensive threat. In the bottom of the fifth, Marinna Shadley led off with a triple, the Blue Raiders first runner in scoring position. Austyn Whaley hit a deep fly to center, plating Shadley. The Blue Raiders next batter, Niki Campbell, stepped up into the batter's box and blasted a solo shot to deep center.

Caitlin McClure was handed the loss, pitching four innings with four walks, six hits and three earned runs.

In game two, MT's bats came alive, going shot-for-shot with the explosive TNU offensive attack.

Middle Tennessee was first to jump on the scoreboard, plating two in the second. Campbell continued her hot streak at the plate, slamming a two-run home run, again over the right field fence.

TNU got one run back in the top of the third, but MT added another run in the bottom of the fourth, extending its lead back to two on a Kayla Toney RBI-single.

In the top of the fifth TNU notched two more runs, tying the game at threes.

MT used a four-run inning to take back the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Shadley contributed two RBI, while Laura Dukes and Samantha Nieves each contributed one.

TNU would put a scare in the Blue Raiders, scoring two more runs in the seventh and having runners on first and second. Shelby Stinnett pitched out of the jam, earning the win.

Stinnett threw 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, two earned on six hits and one walk.

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