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Raiders down Redhawks, 4-3

LaRue's seventh-inning single completes comeback

February 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A two-out, two-strike single by senior 3B Hank LaRue in the bottom of the seventh plated the eventual winning run in a 4-3 victory for the Middle Tennessee baseball team over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 3-3, while the Redhawks fall to 0-5.

MT battled back from an early 3-0 hole to complete a second come-from-behind win in as many days. The Raiders tallied two in the fourth and one in the sixth to tie the game, and one in the seventh to win it.

The Redhawks had an opportunity to do damage with the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh and the game still knotted at three. Freshman Caleb Smith entered out of the bullpen and induced a 6-4 force out to keep the game deadlocked with the Blue Raiders coming to the plate.

The first two Raiders were retired in the bottom of the frame, but the next two reached when junior LF Jared Allen was hit by a pitch and junior C Michael Adkins walked to bring up LaRue, who singled to left to score Adkins with the game's deciding run.

Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, MT got on the board with an RBI triple from junior DH Jake Ingold, who would be brought home one batter later by an RBI ground out from junior 2B Austin Bryant.

Senior RF Jake Ellison tied the game in the sixth without a single ball being put in play. Ellison got aboard via a walk, then went from first to third on an errant pickoff attempt. He would then score the tying run on a wild pitch.

Smith got his first career win with 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief. Senior Paul Mittura closed the door in the ninth for his third save of the year. Brad Schwartz was charged with the loss for the Redhawks.

MT is back in action on Sunday for the final day of the Mule Mix Classic, hosting Indiana State at 1 p.m. at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

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