Blue Raiders drop Southern Miss, 13-1

Teams will play doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday; no Sunday game

April 4, 2014 · @MTAthletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team put together its most complete game of the 2014 season Friday night, scoring a season-high in runs and getting a second-straight complete-game from senior Zac Curtis in a 13-1 victory at Southern Miss at Pete Taylor Park. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 14-15 and 8-5 in Conference USA, while the Golden Eagles fall to 17-14 and 6-4 in C-USA.

Senior Jake Ellison and junior Austin Bryant both posted three-hit games, while Bryant, junior Dustin Delgado, junior Jake Ingold and freshman Kevin Dupree drove in two runs each.

Curtis tossed his second-straight complete game in the victory, managing to improve upon his two-run complete game effort against Rice last Friday. The senior left-hander gave up one run on nine hits and a walk while striking out a career-high-tying 11 in his fourth victory of the season.

Middle Tennessee loaded the bases to open the second inning before Delgado hit a ball off the top of the left field wall. The runners held on the fly ball to guard against a catch by Southern Miss left fielder Dylan Burdeaux, leading to all runners advancing only one base. Senior Hank LaRue brought home a second run on a sac fly. The Golden Eagles then turned a double play to get out of the frame with just two runs allowed.

MT broke it open with a five-run fifth inning. Ellison opened the inning by ripping a double off the left-field wall. Delgado followed with an RBI single up the middle to bring the lead to 3-0. Delgado moved to third on a groundout by LaRue, and was thrown out at the plate on a chopper back to the pitcher by senior Trent Miller to present a two-out, one-on situation.

Junior Jared Allen walked on four pitches to keep the inning alive before senior Ryan Stephens loaded the bases on an infield single. Ingold singled into left to bring home two runs, followed by a two-run double off the wall by Bryant to make it 7-0 halfway through the ballgame.

Ellison led off the sixth with a double, scoring one batter later on an error by Southern Miss shortstop Michael Sterling to make it an 8-0 lead for the Blue Raiders. Delgado, who reached on the error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a LaRue single. Miller would follow with an RBI double to left to make it 9-0.

Dupree drove in the first two runs of his collegiate career when he lined a single back up the middle in the eighth to give the Blue Raiders an 11-0 lead. Junior Michael Adkins brought home a run on a single to right, and freshman Brad Jarreau would plate the 13th Blue Raider run of the night with a pinch-hit, RBI infield single in his first collegiate at-bat.

The Blue Raiders return to action with a doubleheader against the Golden Eagles on Saturday, with the first game slated for 11 a.m. There will be no game on Sunday.

NOTES: The 13 runs and 17 hits for the Blue Raiders are season highs ... The 13 runs are the most since MT tallied 14 against UALR on April 6, 2013 ... The margin of victory is the highest since a 24-4 win over Xavier on March 10, 2013 ... Ten different Blue Raiders had a hit in the ballgame ... Eight different MT players drove in a run ... The three hits for Ellison matches a career high ... The Blue Raiders are 7-1 this year when Curtis starts.

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