Spartans double hook Mudcats
The Middle Tennessee Mudcats continued their slow start, dropping a pair of games to Summit Wednesday night in Chapel Hill to fall to 0-4 in the summer campaign.
In game one, the Spartans won 9-0 in five innings as three Summit pitchers combined to no-hit the Mudcats.
Southpaw Zack Mather started on the hill for Summit and allowed just one base runner via an error in his two innings of work to pick up the win.
Mather, who walked zero and struck out five Middle Tennessee batters, kept the Mudcats off balance with a nasty curveball.
Ethan Keuhl came on for the Spartans in the third inning and he also allowed a single base runner on a fielding error and one more on a base on balls to Austin Welty before Carlton Turcois finished up the five-inning shutout with a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
Ahead from start
Mather got all the run support he would need in the first inning as Turcois and Cody Campbell led off the contest with back-to-back doubles off Mudcats starter Logan Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth hit Will Dalton with a pitch and Keuhl followed with a bunt single to load the bases.
Wade Lopiccolo was beaned for an RBI and Ryan McGill followed with an RBI base hit, making it a 3-0 ballgame.
Reid Johnson drew a bases-loaded base on balls and one out later, Levi Hood made it a 5-0 contest with an RBI fielder's choice.
Keuhl drove in another run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and the Spartans added three more runs in the top of the fourth with the big blow coming on a two-run double by Lopiccolo.
In game two, the Mudcats began to stir, taking an early 3-0 lead before the Spartans got hot again at the plate, scoring eight runs in the final three innings to capture an 8-4 win and complete the sweep over the Chapel Hill boys.
Austin Harmon and Jacob Jones drew back-to-back bases on balls, leading off game two for the Mudcats.
Alex Brewer made it bases jammed when he was hit by a pitch before Slayton Wild drove Harmon home with a base hit to right field.
A fielder's choice RBI by Landon Jones made it a 2-0 ballgame and Cain Harrison would reach on a fielder's choice and make it all the way to third base before scoring on a steal of home.
Summit picked up a single run in the top of the fourth, but the Mudcats matched the tally in the home half of the frame on an RBI single by Hollingsworth.
The Spartans tallied four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a one-run lead and they added three more in the fifth to put the game on ice.
Hollingsworth had two of the three hits for Middle Tennessee in the game, while Wild had the other successful base knock.
Summit banged out 10 hits in the second contest off of three Mudcats' hurlers and had 18 hits in the double-bubble.