MT allows three runs in seventh in 5-4 loss to Troy

Toney accounts for two RBI, 16th career multiple-RBI game

February 28, 2014 · @MTAthletics

STATESBORO, Ga. - The Troy Trojans (6-8-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 5-4 walk-off victory over the Blue Raiders (5-13) in the opening game of the Eagle Classic Friday.

Despite jumping out to an early 4-0 lead over Troy, Middle Tennessee was not able to hang on for the victory. Caitlin McClure received the start and pitched 3.0 innings, while allowing three earned runs. The Trojans did not get a hit against McClure until the fourth.

Shelby Stinnett finished off the fourth and pitched into the seventh holding a 4-2 lead. Jordyn Fisherback (2-4) was called on after Stinnett allowed a leadoff single to start the seventh. Three batters later Troy had the bases loaded with one out. A walk handed the Trojans run number three and a hit by Allison Moore tied the game at 4-all. The next Trojan batter singled to third base, plating the go-ahead run for the 5-4 victory.

Kayla Toney tallied two RBI on a single to center in the top of the second for her 16th multiple-RBI game of her career and finished the day 1-for-2 with two walks. Laura Dukes hit a single in the first inning to help the Blue Raiders take the early 1-0 lead and concluded play hitting 2-for-3 with one walk. A wild pitch in the fourth gave MT its last run of the game, plating McKena Miller from third.

Both teams tallied seven hits with Middle Tennessee accumulating three in the second inning and two in the first. MT left 10 runners on base against Troy and has tallied double-figures three times this season, with the others coming against Samford (13) Feb. 25 in the first game of the doubleheader and James Madison Feb. 14 (11).

Middle Tennessee continues play tomorrow against Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. and Georgia Southern at 4:30 p.m.

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