Raiders sweep Charlotte, 6-2 and 9-1
Miller goes 6-for-8 with six RBI in doubleheaderMarch 15, 2014 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team used a singles barrage in game one and four homers in game two, while getting stellar starts in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte on Saturday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. Middle Tennessee took the first game, 6-2, before winning the second game, 9-1. With the wins, the Blue Raiders improve to 8-10 and 4-2 in C-USA, while the 49ers fall to 3-13-1 and 0-6 in conference play.
Senior RHP Paul Mittura gave MT a career-best seven innings, holding Charlotte to two runs in his first start of the year. Senior LHP Johnathan Frebis followed in game two with 6 1/3 shutout innings, with both picking up victories.
Miller drove in the first run of the day with a sac fly in the first inning of game one, scoring leadoff hitter and junior SS Dustin Delgado. MT would make it a 2-0 advantage an inning later on an RBI double down the right field line by junior 3B Jake Ingold.
The Blue Raiders would break it open with a three-run fifth, keeping the line moving on a parade of singles. MT tallied five singles in the inning, as Bryant, Miller and sophomore RF Trevor Haggard all came up with RBI knocks.
Charlotte would cut it to 5-2 in the top of the sixth before MT got a run back in the bottom of the frame on a fielder's choice for the final 6-2 margin.
Middle Tennessee would use the long ball in game two for the first six runs of the game. Allen and Stephens hit solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, before Miller hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Stephens would hit his second homer of the game in the eighth on a line drive to right to make it 6-0.
The Raiders would get three more in the eighth, on a two-run single by Miller and RBI groundout by Allen to make it 9-0. The 49ers got one back in the top of the ninth on a solo home run for the 9-1 final score.
The Blue Raiders return to action Tuesday with a non-conference tilt at Lipscomb at 6 p.m.
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