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Raiders unable to sustain early lead, fall to TTU

Miller collects pair of hits and two RBI

April 9, 2014 · @MTAthletics

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee held an early lead, but a six-run fifth inning propelled Tennessee Tech past the Blue Raiders, 10-3, on Wednesday at Bush Stadium.

MT (15-18) held the lead twice, including a 3-2 edge in the third inning. Tennessee Tech's (26-9) Zach Stephens hammered a solo shot in the fifth sparking a five more runs for the Golden Eagles. The Blue Raiders were unable to plate a run in the last innings. MT finished with three runs on eight hits and six runners left on base. TTU plated 10 runs off eight hits.

Trent Miller led the Raiders with a 2-for-4 performance with two runs-batted-in. Meanwhile, junior Dustin Delgado doubled in the first inning to reach on base for the 11th consecutive game.
Middle Tennessee's Nathan Foriest took the loss after conceding six runs, five earned, on four hits in two-thirds of an inning pitched. TTU's Cain Sloan (1-0) picked up his first win, surrendering just one hit in two innings.

Delgado led off with a double to start Wednesday's contest. He would score two batters later when Miller belted a single to left field, giving MT a 1-0 edge. Golden Eagle second baseman Zach Zarzour scored the tying run in the second inning off a Zach Stephens single.

The Golden Eagles took a 2-1 lead with David Allen's left field single that scored short stop Dylan Bosheers. In the third, MT rallied with a pair of runs as Jake Ellison scored off a two-out RBI single from Hank LaRue. Miller found his second RBI with a single past the third baseman, scoring LaRue. TTU tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom half of the inning, as Daniel Miles scored from a sac fly.

Tennessee Tech's Stephens solo shot to left field started a six-run spurt for the Golden Eagles. TTU used a homer and two doubles to take a 9-3 lead after five innings. Brandon Thomasson's home run added a 10th run for the Eagles.

Blue Raider starter Caleb Smith did not factor in the decision giving up two runs, four walks on no hits in an inning pitched. Right-hander Matt Blackham threw three solid innings giving up just one run on three hits. Johnathan Frebis, Keaton Baker and Brent Stockstill gave up just one run on two hits in the final 3.1 innings.

Middle Tennessee returns home for a non-conference weekend series against Mississippi Valley State. First pitch for Friday's contest is set for 6 p.m.

NOTES: Dustin Delgado has reached base in 31 of 33 games ... Delgado reaches on base for the 11th straight game, tying a previous season-high. RHP Keaton Baker made his first pitching appearance since playing at Kennesaw State on Feb. 16 ... Tennessee Tech wins their first series over the Blue Raiders for the first time since 1998.

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