MT uses big innings to down Kent State, 12-4

Allen tallies career-high five RBI in victory

February 28, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Junior LF Jared Allen had a career-high five RBI, leading a fine-tuned offensive attack in a 12-4 win by the Middle Tennessee baseball team over Kent State on Friday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 4-4, while the Golden Flashes fall to 5-3.

Allen and SS Dustin Delgado both had three-hit games, while senior 3B Hank LaRue and junior 2B Austin Bryant each had two hits on the day. Delgado and LaRue have been aboard in all eight games to begin 2014.

Senior LHP Zac Curtis got the start for the Raiders, going 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out a career-high 10.

Middle Tennessee scored its runs by putting up crooked numbers in three different innings to account for the 12 runs. After allowing a 2-0 Kent State lead, an RBI ground out by Delgado got the Raiders on the board with two outs in the third. LaRue and senior 1B Trent Miller then reached on a two-out single and walk before Allen launched a three-run homer to left field to give the Raiders a 4-2 lead.

Kent State scored one in the fourth and one in the sixth to tie it before the Raiders stormed back for the final eight runs of the ballgame on a five-run sixth and three-run eighth.

The Golden Flashes looked poised to get out of the sixth with just one run allowed, but botched the turn on the double play to keep the frame alive. Middle Tennessee would capitalize, as the next two batters each singled home a run, followed by LaRue doubling into the gap to score both and make it 9-4.

MT would score three in the eighth on a Miller sacrifice fly and Allen two-run single to put the game at the final 12-4 margin.

Curtis moved to 2-0 in the win, while Brian Clark was charged with the loss for Kent State. Sophomore RHPs Garrett Ring and Heath Slatton combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief to close out the game.

Middle Tennessee and Kent State will be back at it on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

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