Two three-run UTEP innings drop MT, 6-5
Four Blue Raiders account for a RBIApril 13, 2014 · @MTAthletics
EL PASO , Texas - After allowing a three-run fourth inning and a three-run fifth inning, Middle Tennessee's (7-33, 2-15 C-USA) comeback bid fell short in the seventh inning against UTEP (15-27, 7-8 C-USA), losing the final contest of the three-game series, 6-5, Sunday at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
Samantha Nieves finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while senior Kayla Toney added a 2-for-3 performance with one RBI. Laura Dukes and Cheyenne Willis each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. As a team, Middle Tennessee accounted for 10 hits with three errors, while UTEP managed 12 hits and no errors.
Jordyn Fisherback earned the start, tossing the first three and one-third innings, while allowing three earned runs. McClure (2-10) pitched the final two and two-thirds innings and surrendered the final three runs for the loss in the final contest with UTEP.
Like the first two games of the three-game set, Middle Tennessee scored first, putting two runs on the board against the Miners in the first inning and second inning. A Toney single through the left side of the infield and a Dukes single through the right side plated the first two runs of the day for the Blue Raiders.
In the second, LaRi Mitchell laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch allowed the third run of the day to score. Nieves notched her lone RBI on the day in the next at bat, singling to the UTEP second baseman.
After a scoreless third, UTEP plated three runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and two-run home run. Middle Tennessee responded, extending the lead to 5-3 after a bases loaded walk by Willis in the fifth.
The Miners again put three runs across in the bottom half. UTEP's Alanna Leasau slapped a single through the right side, scoring two runs to tie the game at 5-all. Two batters later, Leasau scored on a single to right field for the go ahead run.
Down to three outs, MT loaded the bases against the Miners in the seventh on a Nieves single, Willis walk and a Shadley walk. With two outs, a final ground out to the UTEP shortstop ended the series for UTEP and MT.
Middle Tennessee continues action with its annual pink game against WKU Wednesday with a 5 p.m. start at the Blue Raider Softball Field.
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