Adkins leads MT in 18-3 victory over Mississippi Valley
Raiders vie for series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.April 12, 2014 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO - Catcher Michael Adkins reached on base five times to lead Middle Tennessee in an explosive 18-3 victory over Mississippi Valley State at Reese Smith Jr. Field on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders (17-18) belted a season-high 18 runs on 18 hits to win the series over the Delta Devils. MT managed six extra-base hits in the contest. MVSU (1-27) was limited to three runs on 10 hits, committing three fielding errors.
Adkins reached on base five times with two doubles, a triple, a single and a walk. The junior matched career-highs in runs and hits, while tallying three RBI. Dustin Delgado lit up the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Hank LaRue notched three RBI with a pair of hits and runs. First baseman Jake Ingold went 2-for-5 with a home run, three runs and three RBI. Kaleb King and Aaron Aucker each had a pair of hits in the contest.
Starter Paul Mittura (2-2) earned the win going five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Matt Blackham pitched two scoreless innings, fanning three Delta Devils. Cody Tollison and Will Small closed out the contest with just one hit allowed in the final two stanzas.
MVSU's Blake Thomas (0-5) took the loss giving up four earned runs, five total, on four walks and two hits in an inning pitched.
Middle Tennessee loaded the bases in the first inning. However, a fly out and an excellent throw from the left fielder helped MVSU convert two outs. LaRue added the Raiders' first run a play later off a Delta Devil passed ball.
MVSU walked three batters to start the second inning. Adkins drew a walk to add MT's second run. Singles from Delgado and LaRue added four more runs to give MT a 5-0 advantage. Allen grounded out to score Delgado. Later in the inning, Ingold hammered his third homer of the year to give the Raiders a 9-0 lead.
The Raiders' Adkins and Delgado added a pair of runs in the third, giving MT an 11-0 edge. Mississippi Valley added three runs in the fourth to cut MT's edge to eight. MT added four runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to post a season-high 18 runs in the game.
Kalik May led the Delta Devils with a 3-for-4 performance, a double, scoring a run and driving in a run.
On Sunday, Middle Tennessee looks for their second weekend series sweep of the year. LHP Jonathan Frebis (2-3, 5.12 ERA) takes the mound against Mississippi Valley's Connor Sheppeard (1-7, 7.99 ERA). First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Reese Smith Jr. Field.
Jake Ingold recorded his third home run of the season in the second inning ... Dustin Delgado matched his career-high with three hits ... Jake Ingold matched a career-high with three hits and set a new personal best with three runs scored ... Kaleb King scored a season-high three runs ... Adkins matched a career-best with four runs scored on four hits ... Adkins inked his first triple in his career ... Brad Jarreau's double in the eighth inning was his first in his career ... Aaron Aucker went a perfect 2-for-2 for a career-best performance.
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