March 14, 2010
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Edwards pitches MTSU
past ULM for Sun Belt series win
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Tenn.--Right-hander Chad Edwards (1-1) (right) gave Middle
Tennessee just what they needed with his best start of the
season on Sunday against Louisiana-Monroe. The senior went eight
innings, scattered seven hits and allowed just two earned runs
to pick up the 9-3 win in the rubber match of the Sun Belt
Conference opening series for both squads.
"When you go into the rubber game of the series, you expect runs
to be scored," said head coach Steve Peterson. "But Chad was
pretty tough today. Once he gets going, he can change up speeds
and really locate his fastball well."
Tyler Burnett jump-started the Blue Raider offense with a triple
just inside the left field line in the first inning. He came
around to score on a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of
MTSU (2-1, 10-5) bumped the score to 3-0 in the second when
first baseman Blake McDade led off the inning with a two-base
hit and advanced on a productive out by Stuart Meinhart. Ryan
Ford waited out a walk to place runners at the corners.
Burnett followed with a ball hit deep into the four hole that
Warhawk second baseman Caleb Clowers fielded but threw wildly
allowing both runners to score.
(left) made up for the error in the top half of the third with a
drive over the right filed wall to score Boomer Blanchard who
reached on a bunt single to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Clowers has now hit safely in 9 of 12 games for the Warhawks
(1-2, 7-7) and has reached base safely in 11 of 12 contests to
start the season.
The Blue Raiders answered the bell with a run courtesy of a
Bryce Brentz walk and an RBI double by Burnett, a preseason
All-Sun Belt selection, to make the score 4-2. The junior from
Murfreesboro ended the day with three hits and scored two runs
to go with his RBI.
ULM wasted a golden opportunity in the fourth when they loaded
the bases on a single by Josh Chappell, a one-out walk to Perry
Smith and an infield error that allowed Jarrett Hammond to
Blue Raider third baseman Tyler Burnett booted a grounder to
allow one run to score but Edwards induced Blanchard into a
groundball out to first baseman Blake McDade to end the threat
and keep his team up by a slim 4-3 margin.
sac fly by Brentz (right) put the Blue Raiders up 5-3 in the
seventh before the home team opened the game up in the eighth
inning with a four-run rally.
Zach Hudson got it started with a base hit and McDade moved him
over to third with a two-bagger down the left filed line.
Meinhart picked up an RBI with a single to score Hudson. Hunter
Dawson hit one back up the middle to score McDade to up the
advantage to 7-3.
Ford walked to load the bases and Drew Robertson capped the
scoring with a grounder through the left side of the diamond to
account for the final tally.
Poche (1-1) (left), charged with the loss, pitched well for the
Warhawks, allowing four runs - three earned - on seven hits over
six innings. He struck out five and walked three before exiting
the game prior to the start of the seventh inning.
The Blue Raiders will hit the road for a four-game swing
beginning on Tuesday, March 16, to play in-state foe Lipscomb at
Ken Dugan Field in Nashville at 3 p.m.