KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2018) – Middle Tennessee State found its offensive rhythm Saturday evening, as ETSU fell to the Blue Raiders 16-8 in game two of the Tri-Star Classic at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Bucs are now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Tri-Star Classic tournament.
The Blue Raiders did most of their damage in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 11 runs in the two-inning span. MTSU also had 20 hits on the day.
The Bucs also had their fair share of opportunities early on. ETSU scored three runs in the second and fourth innings, but left the bases loaded back-to-back-to-back in each the second, third and fourth innings. ETSU compiled eight hits in the loss.
One of final outs in those innings was senior first baseman Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.). Bailey earned redemption in a similar situation later on, drilling ETSU’s first grand slam of the season over the left field wall in the sixth inning.
Despite a tough overall day on the mound, a transfer pitcher made a strong debut in sophomore Carter Linton (Kingsport, Tenn.). The local product threw 2.2 innings and finished for ETSU with six strikeouts in nine at bats, allowing just one hit with zero walks.
Including Bailey and Linton, all five Dobyns-Bennett graduates appeared in tonight’s game, with Chris Cook getting the start and Logan Gentry and Sam Stewart joining the game later on. All five hail from Kingsport.
Two players earned their first hits of the season. Sophomore Cade Gilbert (Ringgold, Ga.) drove in ETSU’s final run for his first hit of the season, singling to the left side for his first hit and RBI this year.
Freshman Brandon Parrott (Seymour, Tenn.) singled in his first collegiate at-bat, pinch hitting in the sixth inning. Parrott almost recorded a second hit in the eighth but was robbed in the gap.
Seniors Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Caleb Longley (Cleveland, Tenn.), along with freshman Sean Kearney (Powell, Tenn.), each had RBI’s on the day.
The Bucs return to action tomorrow as they try to win two of three in the Tri-Star Classic. First pitch against Memphis is set for noon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
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