TSU beat Blue Raiders 5-1

Middle Tennessee concludes Eagle Classic 0-5

March 2, 2014 · @MTAthletics

STATESBORO, Ga. - Middle Tennessee (5-17) tallied one run against Tennessee State (6-13) to drop the last game of the Eagle Classic 5-1 Sunday.

Samantha Nieves finished 3-for-3 at the plate with one walk while Nina Dever (2-for-3) and McKena Miller (2-for-3) each tallied two hits. Kayla Toney notched the only extra base hit for MT, slapping a double down the right field line in the first inning. Toney produced Middle Tennessee's lone RBI on a bases loaded walk in the fourth.

Tennessee State scored a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly and another run in the third on a single to right field by Rebekka Gross. To start the fourth, TSU opened the inning with a walk and two batters later had runners on first and second. The next batter singled to the outfield, plating two runs to give TSU the 4-0 lead.

Middle Tennessee loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth after a single by Nieves, Dever and Miller. With one out Toney received the free pass to first, giving MT its lone run.
Tennessee State added another run in the sixth inning after a Middle Tennessee fielding error that allowed the runner from second to score.

Shelby Stinnett pitched a complete game with four strikeouts, while surrendering 10 hits and two walks. TSU's Olivia Gamache earned the win after throwing the first 5.0 innings with four strikeouts and one earned run.

Middle Tennessee hosts Conference USA foe North Texas March 8-9 for a three game series, with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at noon on Sunday.

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