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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hosted the No.15 Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday night, in a showdown that pitted two in-state opponents against each other. Though they managed to hold the Commodores in check for most of the night, an eighth-inning grand slam gave Vandy a 7-4 lead. Due to
a heavy dose of rain and lightning, the score was reverted back to the score from the previously completed inning to give Middle Tennessee a 4-3 win. to the 4-3 margin in favor of Middle Tennessee at the end of the seventh inning. Per NCAA rules, a game may be deemed official after five completed innings. Because the seventh was the final completed inning, MTSU squeaked out the win.
Sophomore Grant Williams got the start on the hill for Middle.
, and although his time was short, he The Hendersonville native continued his recent streak of lights-out pitching. Overall, he pitched The right-hander threw 2.1 innings of two-hit ball with no runs allowed to keep the game in a scoreless tie.
The Blue Raiders struck first on the scoreboard, as junior Blake Benefield hit a chopper over the first baseman’s head to score
fellow junior classmate Austin Dennis for the 1-0 lead.
Vanderbilt answered back with three runs in the top of the fourth, as Jason Gonzalez mashed a three-run bomb to right-centerfield to give the Commodores a 3-1 lead.
Senior Aaron Aucker hit a dinger of his own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game 3-3, before senior Kevin Sullivan hit an RBI double to give the Blue Raiders a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Vandy found themselves with the bases loaded and only one out with a chance to take the lead. With junior Drew Huff on the mound, Gonzalez struck out for the second out to bring Alonzo Jones to the plate. Jones provided the biggest hit of the game with a grand slam over the scoreboard in right field, giving Vanderbilt a 7-4 lead.
The game was then delayed by lightning and rain, causing both teams to vacate the field. After about 40 minutes of waiting, the umpires decided to
revert the score back to the previously completed inning. This decision gave MTSU a 4-3 win over the Commodores. call the game, giving Middle the victory.
Aucker’s big day at plate sparks offense
Aaron Aucker gave the Blue Raiders every chance to win with his performance at the plate.
All in all, he finished 3-4 with two RBIs, including his two-run homer in the fifth. His batting average now sits at .351 on the year.
If he continues at this torrid pace, the Blue Raiders will be tough to beat .
The Blue Raider first baseman boasts a triple-slash line of .349/.410/.619 and has swatted a team-high seven home runs.
Holcombe holds Commodores in check in relief effort
Redshirt-junior Tyler Holcombe provided a major boost to the MTSU bullpen by pitching 2.2 innings of no-hit ball.
In doing this, he bought Middle Tennessee some time to get the offense going while they trailed 3-1.
While the bullpen has struggled so far this season, Holcombe’s outing showed progress in a time when they needed it the most.
The Georgia native’s 14 appearances and 23.1 innings out of the bullpen are both tops on the squad.
The Blue Raiders will be back in action against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the opening game of a three-game set on Friday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-11, 4-3) traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs (9-11, 2-5) in a three-game conference series.
In a dominating performance, the Blue Raiders scored first
in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the game. They outlasted the Monarchs’ ninth-inning rally, and claimed a 10-5 victory.
Pitching guides Middle to win
Senior left-hander Jake Wyrick got the start on the mound for the Raiders and followed up his previous start against Charlotte with another great performance.
He The Cleveland, Tennessee, native threw six innings of one-run ball and; struck striking out 10 batters in the win.
also didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, and only gave up two in his six innings. no-hit bid was erased in the fifth inning after a one-out single from Old Dominion’s Vinnie Pasquantino. Wyrick allowed just two hits in his entire outing.
Following a 20-minute delay after the
outfield stadium lights went out, right-handed sophomore Scheldon Paulk relieved Wyrick in the top of the seventh inning.
Paulk struggled in his 2.1 innings on the mound, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits before being relieved by junior right-hander Tyler Holcombe.
He Holcombe closed out the game by recording the final two outs stopped the bleeding, picking up the final two outs and securing the win for MTSU.
Offense breaks out in winning effort
Middle Tennessee scored first in this one, going up 2-0 after the first inning. They held the lead for the entirety of the game, as the pitching staff held the Monarch offense in check. This allowed The MTSU offense t o break broke through against the ODU pitching staff. In the sixth inning, the Raiders went off for six runs to bring the score to a commanding 10-1 lead. Middle Tennessee had a pair of multi-run outburst innings in both the first and sixth. After the end of the game’s opening frame, MTSU jumped out to a 2-0 advantage and their giant six-run sixth inning propelled them to a 10-1 lead. They wouldn’t have to score for the rest of the game, and held on for a 10-5 victory after the Monarchs put together a late rally in the ninth inning.
The Blue Raiders will play the Monarchs again on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled at 2 p.m.