Blue Raiders drop final game against Marshall, 8-4

Shadley tallies career-high three RBI, first home run

April 6, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team (7-32, 2-11 C-USA) lost the final game of a three-game set to Marshall (15-23, 6-6 C-USA), 8-4, after allowing an insurmountable four-run third inning Sunday at the Blue Raider Softball Field.

Marinna Shadley notched her first career home run in the sixth inning on a two-run blast that went over the opposite-field fence. Shadley finished the day 1-for-3 with career-high three RBI for the Naples, Fla., native. Laura Dukes tallied her 21st RBI of the season on a single to center in the fifth inning, while Kayla Toney finished the day 2-for-4 and improved her season batting average to .333.

"In today's game our pitching was good but we didn't support them defensively or offensively," said Head Coach Jeff Breeden. "We were hitting very sporadically, which we have not done recently. The positive was that our pitching was better but the negative was that we didn't support them very well."

Marshall jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after two and half innings, forcing Middle Tennessee starting pitcher Shelby Stinnett out of the game in the third. Jordyn Fisherback pitched in relief of Stinnett, holding the Herd attack at bay.

Each side went scoreless in the fourth, before Marshall and Middle Tennessee each tallied one run in the fifth. With Marshall holding the 7-1 lead, LaRi Mitchell hit a leadoff single through the left side to start the fifth. Two batters later Toney notched a single through the right side, which allowed Mitchell to reach third. Dukes tallied her RBI on a single to center in the next at bat.

The Herd added another run in the top of the sixth on a solo homer to left center. Shadley responded for MT with her first collegiate blast over the right field fence, following an Austyn Whaley walk, which created the 8-4 final.

Stinnett (2-13) received the loss after tossing the first two innings and allowing six runs with four earned and one strikeout. Fisherback threw the final five innings, while surrendering two earned runs.

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"We are looking forward to playing another Middle Tennessee school," Breeden said. "Austin Peay is a good team and there program is on the rise. We look forward to competing against them on Wednesday."

Middle Tennessee continues play Wednesday with a solo game with instate foe Austin Peay with a first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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