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Raiders beat by No. 6 Vanderbilt, 4-3

MT gets seven scoreless innings from bullpen

March 5, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Four Blue Raider relievers combined for seven scoreless innings, but the Middle Tennessee baseball team was unable to overcome four early runs in a 4-3 loss to No. 6 Vanderbilt on Wednesday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

Freshman Will Small and sophomore Heath Slatton each tossed three innings of scoreless relief for the Blue Raiders, while senior Cody Tollison and sophomore Garrett Ring combined to hold Vanderbilt off the board in the ninth.

Junior LF Jared Allen tallied his third multi-hit game in his last four contests, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Junior 2B Austin Bryant tallied the other RBI for the Raiders.

Vanderbilt jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first in a bizarre inning that included a dropped popup being turned into a fielder's choice, and the third out being made when starter Nathan Foriest stepped off and caught a runner stealing home.

Allen's RBI triple in the bottom of the frame would pull MT to within a run before two more scored for the Commodores in the top of the second. The Blue Raiders would tally a single run in both the second and third on RBI singles by Bryant and Allen.

The final six innings would feature chances for both teams, but the score through three innings would prove to be the final.

Foriest was charged with the loss, falling to 0-1. Vanderbilt's T.J. Pecoraro got the win, while Carson Fulmer picked up a three-inning save.

The Blue Raiders return to action on Friday for their first-ever Conference USA, facing UAB at 6:30 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala., to open a three-game series.

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