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MT scores three in eighth to beat KSU, 11-10

Raiders win season-opener over Owls

February 15, 2014 · @MTAthletics

KENNESAW, Ga. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team came back with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Kennesaw State, 11-10, in both teams' season opener on Saturday at Stillwell Stadium. The game was the first of a doubleheader for MT and KSU on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders, who led 5-1 in the third, scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth, while capitalizing on six Kennesaw State errors in the contest.

Trailing 10-8, senior Ryan Stephens led off the eighth with a single. Senior Trent Miller followed with another single, but the ball got through the right fielder and went to the wall. Stephens scored, with Miller advancing to third. Senior Hank LaRue followed with a single through the right side to knot the game at 10-10.

The Blue Raiders captured the final 11-10 margin on what was Kennesaw State's sixth error of the game, as junior Jared Allen chopped a ball through the KSU second baseman to score LaRue.

The Owls scored the first run of the game in the first inning before the Raiders put up a four-spot in the second. Junior Austin Bryant drew a bases-loaded walk to even the score at 1-1 before junior Dustin Delgado's first hit as a Blue Raider gave MT a 2-1 lead. Stephens followed with a sac fly before a Miller double gave the Raiders a 4-1 advantage.

MT would extend the lead to 5-1 in the third on an Owl error before KSU tallied four in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game at 5-5. Allen gave MT the lead back with an opposite-field homer to make it 6-5, with a sac fly from senior Jake Ellison and Bryant RBI single made it 8-5.

The Owls would tally five in the bottom of the seventh to retake the lead before the MT comeback in the eighth.

Sophomore Heath Slatton picked up the win in relief, with senior Paul Mittura tallying the save. Justin McCalvin was charged with the loss for KSU.

The Blue Raiders and Owls will play a second game on Saturday, with Johnathan Frebis getting the start for MT.

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