Tulane outlasts MT, 2-1 in 11 innings

Adkins, Ingold with three-hit games

March 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NEW ORLEANS - The Middle Tennessee baseball team was defeated by Tulane, 2-1, in 11 innings on Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. In the loss, the Blue Raiders fall to 8-13 and 4-4 in Conference USA, while the Green Wave moves to 12-10 and 5-3 in C-USA.

Junior C Michael Adkins and junior 3B Jake Ingold each tallied three-hit days for the Blue Raiders in the defeat, with senior CF Ryan Stephens recording a two-hit game.

Senior RHP Paul Mittura received a no-decision after tossing six innings of one-run ball, surrendering five hits and a walk while striking out four. Mittura has a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings as a starter this year, and a 2.92 ERA overall this season.

Tulane took a 1-0 lead in the fourth before MT knotted the game in the sixth. Stephens doubled into left-center, moving junior LF Jared Allen to third. Adkins was intentionally walked to load the bases, with Allen scoring one batter later on a wild pitch. Tulane would escape the inning with just the one run allowed.

Middle Tennessee would escape bases-loaded, one out jams in both the eighth and ninth. In the eighth, sophomore RHP Garrett Ring came on in relief of fellow sophomore RHP Heath Slatton, inducing a shallow fly out before Adkins successfully picked off the runner too far off first for the third out. In the ninth, junior 2B Austin Bryant ranged to his right on a ground ball, stepped on the second base bag and fired to first for the third out of the inning.

The Blue Raiders would not be so lucky in the 11th, as Ring walked home the winning run on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.

Ring was charged with the loss in relief, while Tulane's JP France picked up the win with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The two teams are back in action for the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

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