Blue Raiders fall to Old Dominion, 4-3

Monarchs score three in seventh and final inning

April 27, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team allowed three runs in the top of a seventh and final inning that included an hour and 26 minute rain delay, as the Blue Raiders' bid at a weekend sweep was dampened by Old Dominion in a rain-shortened, 4-3 defeat at Reese Smith, Jr. Field Sunday afternoon. In the loss, the Blue Raiders fall to 22-22 and 11-10 in Conference USA play, while the Monarchs improve to 26-18 and 13-11 in C-USA.

Old Dominion took a 1-0 lead in the third on a passed ball before the Blue Raiders answered with the game's next three runs. Middle Tennessee tied the game in the fourth on a balk before junior Michael Adkins ripped a first-pitch double down the line in left for a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth, junior Dustin Delgado hit a ball over the third base bag that stayed just fair for a double, bringing home senior Jake Ellison from first for a 3-1 lead.

The first two would reach for ODU in the seventh before a groundout advanced the runners. Junior Kooper Kessler would enter for junior Johnathan Frebis as a driving rainstorm came through, stopping the game after a walk loaded the bases.

After the rain delay of nearly and hour and a half, ODU would get a two-run single and a walk for a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Junior Austin Bryant worked a 10-pitch at-bat to open the bottom of the seventh that ended in a single to left field to put the tying run on, but Monarch closer Brad Gero would strike out the next three batters for his ninth save of the year.

Conner Overton (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Old Dominion, while Kessler (2-2) was saddled with the loss. Both Frebis and Monarch starter Victor Diaz received no-decisions for their part in the contest. Frebis tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.

The Blue Raiders return to action with a midweek contest in Knoxville against Tennessee, slated for a 5 p.m. CT first pitch on Tuesday.

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