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Blue Raiders spilt twin bill at East Carolina

Allen records two homers in game one victory

April 18, 2014 · @MTAthletics

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Middle Tennessee split the doubleheader with East Carolina on Friday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Blue Raiders (19-21, 9-9 C-USA) used three homers and a strong performance from Paul Mittura to win the first game 6-1. East Carolina (24-16, 11-7 C-USA) took the series with a 5-1 victory in game two of the twin bill.

Left fielder Jared Allen led the Raiders on the day with four hits, three runs, two homers and five RBI. Michael Adkins, Austin Bryant, Dustin Delgado and Ryan Stephens all produced multi-games in the double dip.

Paul Mittura (4-3) took the win giving up an unearned run on six hits with five strikeouts, tying a career-high with seven innings pitched. Cody Tollison closed the door in the first game, not allowing a run in the final two frames.

In the second game, Frebis (3-4) earned the loss with four earned runs on four hits, a home run and three walks allowed in 5.1 innings pitched. Matt Blackham threw an inning and two-thirds with a run allowed on two hits. Heath Slatton pitched the final frame allowing just one hit.

Middle Tennessee won the first game with a multi-hit performances from Allen, Stephens and Delgado. Allen went 3-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI. Stephens went 3-for-5, while Delgado was 2-for-5 with two runs tallied. Trent Miller launched his fourth homer of the season, while posting two RBI.

Mittura picked up the win matching a career-high seven innings thrown with run unearned run allowed on six hits and five strikeouts. ECU's Mabry (3-1) was tagged with his first loss of the year, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. The Blue Raiders scored six runs off 12 hits and one error. ECU notched a run on six hits with two errors.

Allen belted his league-leading sixth home run of the year in the first inning with a two-run bomb to left field. ECU had back-to-back singles to begin the fourth. However, Mittura forced a fly out and fanned the final two batters to end the attempted scoring rally.

Miller hit a leadoff home run in the sixth to give the Blue Raiders a 3-0 edge over the Pirates. East Carolina broke up the shutout when Kirk Morgan scored off an errant throw from the short stop to first base. The Blue Raiders pounced on the Pirates once again in the seventh. Miller's sacrifice fly scored a run. On the next at-bat, Allen notched his second homer of the day to extend MT's lead to 6-1.

In game two, Zach Houchins hammered a three-run slam to left field in the third to give the Pirates a three-run advantage. The Pirates added two more runs in the sixth and seventh off of wild pitches.

The Raiders plated their lone run when Bryant scored from an ECU fielding error. Allen was credited with an RBI single. Bryant finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Adkins also went 2-for-4. ECU scored five runs off nine hits, despite committing two errors. MT posted a run off six hits with eight runners left on base. Tyler Bolton (2-3) picked up the win, while Ryan Williams earned his fifth save for the Pirates.

Middle Tennessee closes out its five-game road swing with a visit to Austin Peay on Wednesday, April 23. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. in Clarksville.

NOTES:

Aaron Aucker made his first start of his collegiate career during game one ... Jared Allen notched his sixth home run of the year, tying him for the league lead ... Allen records his 12th multi-hit game of the year ... Trent Miller recorded his fourth home run of the year and the 28th of his career in the sixth of the first game ... Miller moved to 10th all-time with two RBI in game one, passing Jeff Beachum with 139 RBI in his career ... Michael Adkins extended his hit streak to six games.

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