MT softball drops games to JMU 3-1 and UCF 2-1

Blue Raiders stopped by early runs and errors

February 14, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Middle Tennessee softball team (1-6) dropped its opening round of games at the UCF/Holiday Inn Classic to James Madison (2-4) 3-1 and UCF (5-0) 2-1. The Blue Raiders let early runs and errors doom their efforts Friday.

Kayla Toney provided the bright spot offensively for Middle Tennessee, hitting 2-for-3 in game one against JMU and 2-for-4 against host UCF. Toney was the only Blue Raider in either game to have multiple hits and is tied for a team-high seven hits with Marinna Shadley through MT's first seven games.

In game one against James Madison, Shelby Stinnett pitched a complete game allowing three runs with only one earned. 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.

MT scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth when McKena Miller hit a single down the left field line to plate Cheyenne Willis from third.

Starting pitcher Jordyn Fisherback pitched a complete game for Middle Tennessee in game two, going six innings strong while surrendering two runs with one earned. Game two opened much like game one, seeing the Blue Raiders fall behind early.

In the second frame, UCF hit a leadoff single to right field and after a pinch runner, stole second. The Knight runner advanced an extra base on the Fisherback wild pitch, which allowed a ground out by the next batter to plate the first run.

The third inning didn't start off well for MT, who allowed Kaitlyn Steckel to get on base due to a Blue Raider throwing error. Steckel then stole second and found her way to third on a ground out back to Fisherback. UCF's Goodman hit a single up the middle, giving UCF the 2-0 advantage.

Middle Tennessee loaded the bases in the top of the seventh and scored one run late on a wild pitch by UCF's relief pitcher Mackenzie Audas. With only one out and runners on second and third, MT could not find a way to plate the tying run and dropped its second contest of the day.

Middle Tennessee is back in action tomorrow against Illinois-Chicago at 10 a.m.

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