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Mittura breaks program save record in 8-6 win over Dayton

Raiders storm back from four-run deficit

February 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Senior Paul Mittura broke the Middle Tennessee baseball all-time save record with an eight-pitch ninth inning, putting the finishing touches on an 8-6 Blue Raider victory over Dayton on Friday afternoon. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 2-3, while the Flyers fall to 2-2.

Mittura's mark of 17 saves broke George Oleksik's record that had stood for 18 years. He induced a first-pitch fly out, a 2-1 fly out, and a 1-1 pop out to close out the ballgame.

Senior 1B Trent Miller continued his hot start to 2014, going 3-for-5 with three RBI. Miller is 10-for-19 with six RBI through five games. Junior DH Trevor Haggard and junior 2B Austin Bryant both had two-hit days for the Raiders, with Bryant now 7-for-13 in the early going.

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MT trailed 4-0 after half an inning before battling back for six runs in the first three innings. The Raiders would get two back in the bottom of the first on a Miller RBI single and an RBI double by junior C Michael Adkins.

Middle Tennessee would load the bases to begin the second, then benefit from a Delgado sac fly and RBI singles from senior CF Ryan Stephens and Miller to take a 5-4 lead. The Raiders would tack on a run in the third when senior RF Jake Ellison scored a run on wild pitch.

Dayton would bring it back within a run in the top of the fifth, before MT got two in the bottom of the frame on Delgado's second sac fly of the contest and Miller's third RBI hit. The Flyers would pull to within the final 8-6 margin on an unearned run in the seventh.

Senior Zac Curtis got the start for the Blue Raiders, and settled down after a rocky first inning to pick up the win in a six-inning effort, moving him to 1-0 in two starts. Noah Buettgen was charged with the loss for Dayton. Mittura picked up his second save of the year and program-record 17th with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Senior Cody Tollison was also integral in the Blue Raider bullpen's success, getting out of a seventh-inning jam with a strikeout before quickly setting the side down in order in the eighth. Tollison threw nine pitches, all for strikes.

The Blue Raiders return to action on Saturday when they host Miami (Ohio) in the second day of the Mule Mix Classic. First pitch is slated for noon.

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