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MT downed by Kent State, 6-5

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March 2, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For the second day in a row, an eighth-inning rally came up a run short, as the Middle Tennessee baseball team fell 6-5 to Kent State in the final contest of a three-game series on Sunday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. In the defeat, the Blue Raiders fall to 4-6, while the Golden Flashes improve to 7-3.

Junior LF Jared Allen had his second multi-hit game of the weekend for the Blue Raiders in the defeat, while junior DH Jake Ingold had a pair of RBI on a pinch-hit single in the eighth.

MT scored its first run on a sac fly by senior 1B Trent Miller in the first inning, and the second on a bizarre play in the second. Junior SS Dustin Delgado singled to left, but the throw from the outfield was in time to get senior RF Jake Ellison at the plate. Junior 2B Austin Bryant, who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice, took off for third when the throw went through to the plate. The Kent State catcher's throw down to third after tagging out Ellison went into left field, allowing Bryant to score and cut the deficit to 3-2 at the time.

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A solo home run by senior CF Ryan Stephens in the sixth would bring MT within a run again at 4-3, but Kent State scored one in the seventh and one in the eighth to open up a 6-3 lead before the Raiders dented the Kent State lead again in the bottom of the frame.

With the bases loaded and two out, head baseball coach Jim McGuire called on Ingold to hit, and the junior DH delivered, dropping a two-run single into right-center to bring MT within 6-5. It was the closest the Raiders would come though, as just like Saturday, Kent State buckled down to get the final four outs.

Andy Ravel picked up the win in relief for the Golden Flashes, while Michael Clark picked up a five out save. Junior LHP Johnathan Frebis was charged with the loss, falling to 0-2.

The Blue Raiders close out their eight-game homestand when they host No. 4 Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

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