Mittura honored as C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week

Senior tossed one-hit gem in Blue Raider shutout of Marshall

May 18, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Middle Tennessee senior Paul Mittura was named the Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week on Sunday for his one-hit performance against Marshall last Friday.

Mittura hurled a one-hit shutout gem in seven innings of work against the Thundering Herd. He fanned five Marshall batters and did not surrender a hit until the seventh inning. 

The Clarksville native didn't return after the seventh due to a 53-minute 12-run explosion for the Raiders in the home-half of the seventh. Reliever Matt Blackham closed the game for MT, recording two hitless innings. MT went on to win the contest 14-0.

Mittura became the first Blue Raider starter since Matthew Drake in 2011 to throw a one-hit contest. The senior is a 4-3 this season with a 3.82 earned run average. Sunday's weekly honor is the first for Mittura and the fourth for a Blue Raider pitcher this season. Mittura shared the honor with Rice's Blake Fox. Zac Curtis has won the award on three previous occasions.

Middle Tennessee earned the No. 4 seed for the Conference USA Baseball Championship. MT opens tournament play with No. 5 seed Old Dominion in a 9 a.m. tilt on Wednesday, May 21 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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