Eagles use home runs to fly past Blue Raiders 4-1

Mitchell tallies three stolen bases

March 1, 2014 · @MTAthletics

STATESBORO, Ga. - Middle Tennessee (5-15) lost its second contest of the day after jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, before falling to host Georgia Southern (13-5) 4-1 Saturday to conclude the second day of the Eagle Classic.

Shelby Stinnett (1-7) pitched the complete 6.0 innings for the Blue Raiders, while allowing four runs on only four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Stinnett held the Eagles at bay for most of the game but allowed a solo home run and a two-run homer in the fourth and fifth, respectively. Kayla Toney finished the day with her second multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3 at the dish with a double. LaRi Mitchell and Laura Dukes went 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, while Mitchell snagged three steals.

In the opening frame, Mitchell received a leadoff walk and stole second. Toney singled to third base and Mitchell advanced to third on the throw. On a double steal attempt, Toney was caught stealing, which allowed Mitchell to score.

To start the bottom of the second, Georgia Southern tacked on one run to tie the game between the Blue Raiders and Eagles. Two innings later in the fourth inning GSU's Kortney Thomas broke the tie game with a leadoff solo shot to left center. Stinnett pitched a scoreless third but started the fifth with a walk and allowed a two-run shot to Breanna McLendon over the left field fence for the 4-1 final.

Georgia Southern's Brooke Red pitched a complete game and posted 10 strikeouts against the Blue Raiders.

Middle Tennessee starts the last day of the Eagle Classic against Troy at 9 a.m. before concluding play against Tennessee State at 11 a.m.

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