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Raiders rally for walk-off win over UTSA

Jarreau scores game-winning run off wild pitch

May 4, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Freshman Brad Jarreau scored the game-winning run off a wild pitch in the ninth inning, as the Blue Raiders knocked off UTSA, 3-2, in walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon at Reese Smith Jr. Field.

The Blue Raiders (24-24, 12-12 Conference USA) avoided a sweep and stayed in the top-eight of the C-USA standings by scoring two runs in the ninth to upend the Roadrunners (30-19, 14-10 C-USA). Jarreau started the scoring threat with a single, allowing Hank LaRue to score the tying run. A Dustin Delgado sacrifice coupled with two wild pitches allowed Jarreau to score the game-clinching run.

Reliever Matt Blackham (1-2) picked up his first win as a Blue Raider, going two-thirds of an inning with no hits allowed. UTSA's Logan Onda (3-2) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings tossed.

The freshman Jarreau scored two of the Raiders' three runs, finishing 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Trent Miller also went 1-for-3 with an RBI. MT finished the contest scoring three runs on seven hits and an error. UTSA tallied two runs on eight hits and one fielding error.

Roadrunner left fielder Logan Kinder scored the Roadrunners first run in the third off a Mike Warren RBI single. Miller's sacrifice fly in the next half-inning scored Jarreau to tie the game at 1-1.

Andre Vieyra's RBI single through the left side scored John Borrmann to give UTSA the go-ahead advantage. Both teams threatened in the latter half of the game to no prevail. Jarreau's single scored LaRue to tie the game 2-2. Back-to-back wild pitches allowed Jarreau to score the walk-off run.

Starter Johnathan Frebis went 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits during his outing. Garrett Ring and Cody Tollison combined for 5 shutout innings, while Blackham pitched the final outs in the ninth.

Middle Tennessee sits a game and a half up on Florida Atlantic for eighth place in Conference USA with six league games remaining. The Raiders visit FIU for a three-game series in Miami, Florida next weekend.

NOTES:

CF Ryan Stephens made his 173rd consecutive start, one away from tying the school record ... Matt Blackham picked up his first win in a Blue Raider uniform ... Brad Jarreau scored a career-high two runs.

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