Softball loses to Campbell, 6-3

CU score four in the third to doom the Blue Raiders

February 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team (4-7) fell short of a comeback bid in the seventh, dropping its first contest of the Frost Classic to Campbell (7-4) 6-3. Kayla Toney hit a three-run home run to give MT its first runs of the game, but the Blue Raider threat was stopped two batters later.

The Blue Raiders gave up one run in the bottom of the first to the Fighting Camels to let Campbell take the early lead. Two innings later in the third inning, starting MT pitcher Shelby Stinnett allowed four runs. CU started the inning with a single, and quickly followed it with a fielder's choice. Ericka Nesbit hit a triple to right center to plate the first run of the inning.

The next batter hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the second run. With the bases empty Campbell's leading hitter Milly Martinet hit a single to right field then Courtney Kingler launched a two-run home run to left field.

The Blue Raiders made a pitching change in the fourth to senior Jordyn Fisherback, who put up back-to-back one-two-three out innings against the Fighting Camels. CU put one run across the board in the bottom of the sixth on a double to left center.

Down 6-0, MT started to shake up its lineup and it provided a much needed spark for the Blue Raiders. Nina Dever had a lead off pop up to the shortstop, but then pinch hitter Katie Brown received the walk. Lauren Riddell, the second pinch hitter of the inning, hit a ground out to the CU catcher, which allowed Brown to advance to third. McKena Miller drew the second walk of the inning to have runners on first and third with two outs. Toney then smacked her three-run home run. One more walk and Campbell replaced its starting pitcher Katie Baker with Morgan Eisenga, who recorded the last out.

Stinnett received the loss, moving her record to 1-3 on the season after giving up nine hits with five earned runs over 3.0 innings. Fisherback threw the final 3.0 innings and allowed only one earned run with three strike outs. Middle Tennessee left six runners on the base paths compared to four by Campbell. CU out hit MT 11 to six and neither team committed an error.

Middle Tennessee is scheduled to play Radford at 5:30 p.m. to conclude the first day of the Frost Classic.

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