Raiders downed by Tulane, 2-0

Curtis strikes out career-high 11

March 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NEW ORLEANS - The Middle Tennessee baseball team fell to Tulane, 2-0, on Friday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. In the defeat, the Blue Raiders fall to 8-12 and 4-3 in Conference USA, while the Green Wave improve to 11-10 and 4-3 in conference play.

The Raiders fell despite a stellar outing from senior LHP Zac Curtis, who went seven innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits while striking out a career-high 11. Friday marked the fourth-straight outing in which Curtis has struck out nine or more.

Junior LF Jared Allen had three hits for the Blue Raiders in the defeat, including one in a ninth-inning rally in which the Raiders loaded the bases with two outs before Tulane closer Kyle McKenzie shut the door.

Tulane scored one in the second and one in the sixth for the two runs of the contest, with Green Wave 1B Garrett Deschamps scoring the first run and driving in the second.

Tyler Mapes tossed seven shutout innings for the victory before McKenzie tallied a six-out save. Curtis fell to 2-1 with the tough-luck loss.

The Blue Raiders return to action Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch in New Orleans. Senior RHP Paul Mittura will start for MT.

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