Raiders fall to Kent State, 5-4

Teams will play again Sunday at noon CT

March 1, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A late-inning comeback attempt came up a run short in a 5-4 loss by the Middle Tennessee baseball team to Kent State on Saturday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. In the defeat, the Blue Raiders fall to 4-5, while the Golden Flashes improve to 6-3.

Senior 1B Trent Miller and junior 2B Austin Bryant each had two-hit games, as both continue to hit over .400 on the season. Miller, junior SS Dustin Delgado and senior CF Ryan Stephens each had an RBI for the Raiders.

MT scored the game's first run on Stephens' first home run of the year in the second inning, a shot to right-center that quickly exited the ballpark. Kent State would answer back with a three-run fourth and two-run fifth for a 5-1 lead that would prove insurmountable.

The Blue Raiders would chip into the deficit on an RBI ground out in the fifth to make it 5-2 before plating two more in the eighth. Miller would single home Bryant, followed by Delgado scoring on a wild pitch, to cut it to 5-4. Kent State closer Eric Dorsch would get out of the eighth and shut the door in the ninth to finish the ballgame for the Golden Flashes.

Junior LHP Nathan Foriest gave the Raiders 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, surrendering three hits and a walk while striking out two.

Eric Lauer picked up his third win of the year for Kent State, while junior RHP Matt Blackham fell to 0-1 with the loss. Dorsch was credited with his second save of the year.

The two teams close out their three-game series on Sunday with a rescheduled noon CT first pitch at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

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