JSU beats MT, 4-2
Shadley and Mitchell each tally one RBIMarch 26, 2014 · @MTAthletics
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Middle Tennessee (7-26) dropped a non-conference game to Jacksonville State (20-8) 4-2 Wednesday after JSU put up three-runs in the fourth inning.
LaRi Mitchell and Marinna Shadley each accounted for a RBI against the Gamecocks with Mitchell finishing 1-for-3 and Shadley 1-for-2 with a walk. Nina Dever was the only Blue Raider to account for multiple hits, going 2-for-3 at the dish.
Caitlin McClure (2-7) earned the loss after tossing the first four innings, while surrendering four runs with one strikeout. Jordyn Fisherback and Shelby Stinnett each pitched one inning with Fisherback throwing a scoreless fifth and Stinnett a scoreless sixth.
"Jacksonville State is a good team," said Head Coach Jeff Breeden. "We can't make all the mistakes we made in the fourth inning and expect to win."
Middle Tennessee scored one run in the second and another in the seventh. After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Dever hit a leadoff single up the middle in the second and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Two batters later, Dever scored on a Shadley single up the middle.
With the score tied at 1-1, JSU's offense burst open in the bottom of the fourth. A two-run home run by Jacksonville State's Kalee Tabor and a double by Savannah Sloan scored three runs against Middle Tennessee.
Two more scoreless innings forced Middle Tennessee to score at least three runs to continue play. A four-pitch walk to Austyn Whaley and a McKena Miler single put runners on first and second with one out. A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance and Whaley scored one batter later on a Mitchell sacrifice fly to center. A final strike out ended the Blue Raiders threat.
"Charlotte is a good conference foe, but we are going to North Carolina expecting to win three games," Breeden said. "In order to win we have to show up in all three phases of the game. We have to pitch well, play defense well and hit well. We expect to win all three games."
Middle Tennessee continues play with a three-game series at Charlotte March 29-30.
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