Baseball wins third conference series of the year
The Trojan baseball team guaranteed its third Sun Belt Conference series win of the season by defeating the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field.
Senior Ryan Juris started his second game of the season and mystified opposing batters for eight innings. He allowed just three hits and surrendered no runs during that stretch.
Juris returned to the mound in the top of the ninth and retired the first batter he faced, but walked the next and gave up a double, allowing the Blue Raiders to get on the board. Middle Tennessee (8-22, 2-9 SBC) tied it up 2-2 after another single and Juris was relieved by freshman Andrew Hohn. Hohn induced a double play on a pop-up to end the inning.
Juris allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four, but did not figure in the decision. He retired 13 Blue Raiders in a row with two outs left in the top of the first inning through the fifth.
Junior Greg Garcia led off the first inning with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Nick Rountree. Junior Nick Barnes hit his second homerun of the season in the second inning to put the Trojans up 2-0.
With one player on base in the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Raiders intentionally walked two Trojans to load the bases for senior Jason Houston. Junior Sean Bignall scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Middle Tennessee reliever Paul Mittura.
The Trojans (15-15, 6-5) will look to complete the sweep as they take on the Blue Raiders for the third and final game of the series on Sunday, April 10, at Gary Hogan Field.