JMU uses MT errors en route to 3-1 victory

Stinnett pitches six strong innings while allowing only one

February 14, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ORLANDO, Fla. - Middle Tennessee (1-5) out hit James Madison (2-4) 7-3, but committed four costly errors on its way to a 3-1 defeat in the opener of the UCF/Holiday Inn Classic Friday afternoon.

Blue Raider starting pitcher Shelby Stinnett pitched six strong innings while allowing one earned run against the Duke attack. JMU starting pitcher Jailyn Ford moves her record to 2-2 with the win over the Blue Raiders, pitching all seven innings for the Dukes with one earned run and six strikeouts. Ford also hit three Blue Raider batters early but settled down late to slow the MT attack.

With Middle Tennessee as the visiting team at the neutral UCF site, the Blue Raiders put two base runners on in the top of the first after two Ford hit by pitches. Base runners on first and third, Nina Dever popped up to end the opening frame for MT.

JMU scored a pair of runs over the first two innings to take the early lead over Middle Tennessee. In the bottom of the first the Dukes scored following two errors by the Blue Raiders, while in the second MT allowed the leadoff batter to reach on a fielding error. After a stolen base and a single up the middle, JMU held the 2-0 advantage.

Middle Tennessee then proceeded to leave three and two runners on base in the third and fourth, respectively. James Madison again received a free base in the bottom of the fourth with another fielding error, the fourth on the day. JMU's Hayes singled through the right side to plate the final Dukes' run.

Cheyenne Willis led off the top of the sixth for MT and received the free pass to first. After the walk, the Blue Raiders hit into a fielder's choice and ground out, which allowed Willis to advance to third. Freshman McKena Miller then hit a single down the left field line to plate the only Blue Raider run.

Middle Tennessee left a total of 11 runners on the base paths while James Madison left only three. Kayla Toney finished the day hitting 2-for-3 and was the only Blue Raider to record multiple hits.

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