MT pitching tosses 2-0 shutout victory over UT Martin

Blue Raiders eclipse 2013 win total

April 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MARTIN, Tenn. - Shelby Stinnett and Caitlin McClure combined to pitch a complete-game shutout for Middle Tennessee (8-39) against UT Martin (23-23-1) in a 2-0 victory at the Bettye Gilles Softball Field Tuesday.

The Blue Raiders eclipsed their 2013 win total and earned their first shutout since March 24, 2012 against ULM. MT won the 2012 contest 4-0 and it marks the first time in the Breeden era that MT has shut out its opponent.

"Both of them did a great job," said Middle Tennessee Head Coach Jeff Breeden. "Shelby (Stinnett) did a great job forcing ground balls and getting strikeouts, while Caitlin (McClure) closed the door on them like good closers do. I can't be more than happy with our pitching staff today and I am glad that we won this one."

Shelby Stinnett (3-14) earned the victory after tossing five and one-third innings, while holding UTM to six hits with three strikeouts. Caitlin McClure earned the save after tossing the final one and two-thirds innings, surrendering only one hit and pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh.

At the plate, Middle Tennessee plated its two runs in the third inning. LaRi Mitchell led off with a seven-pitch walk and then stole second. Two batters later, MT had runners on first and third with only one out. A double steal attempt scored Mitchell and allowed Kayla Toney to reach third. Laura Dukes slapped a shot to the UTM third base, forcing the error and scoring run number two.

The Skyhawks threatened in the bottom of the third and seventh, loading the bases each inning. In the third inning UTM ground out to Cheyenne Willis at shortstop and in the seventh inning a final fly ball to McKena Miller sealed MT's eighth victory of the season.

Willis finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, while Dukes (1-for-4) and Austyn Whaley (1-for-3) each tallied a hit.

"We hit good enough to win and we played defense good enough to win," Breeden said. "I talked to the them about going after Tulsa. We talked about going out there and just playing. We just need to go out there and do it."

Middle Tennessee continues play with its last Conference USA road series at Tulsa April 26-27 with a doubleheader Saturday scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch. Sunday features a single game with a noon start

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