Mudcats win one, tie one vs. Shelbyville

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Middle Tennessee Mudcats get ready to play ball Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Middle Tennessee Mudcats, coming off an eight-day break due to bad weather, returned to the diamond on Thursday for a double-header versus Shelbyville in Chapel Hill and came away with an extra inning 2-2 tie in game one, followed by a wild 4-3 win in the nightcap.

The Mudcats looked a little rusty on offense, garnering just seven hits in the two ballgames, but a couple of strong pitching performances saved the day for the Middle Tennessee nine.

Logan Hollingsworth started and tossed seven strong innings with Bryce Oliver holding serve in the eighth inning for the game one tie.

Jaylen Smith (16) drew three bases on balls, scored a run and had two stolen bases in their 4-3 game two win for the Mudcats over Shelbyville Thursday night in Chapel Hill.

Jordan Jent started on the hill in game two, pitching two innings before Cain Harrison pitched four scoreless innings to pick up the victory, while Lane Allen hurled a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save.


A first inning sacrifice fly RBI by Trevor Sanders gave Shelbyville a 1-0 lead in game one before the Mudcats came up with two runs in the bottom of the second on RBI's by Tanner Garvin and Jonathan Lykins.

Jonathan Lykins (15) went 3-5 at the plate in the double-header.

Hollingsworth escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the third when he picked off a Shelbyville runner at first base to end the inning.

The Mudcats left two runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings and Shelbyville made them pay, tying the contest at 2-2 in the top of the sixth on a RBI double by Corey Mooneyham.

Out at plate

Mudcats' third sacker Landen Jones (10) fields a ground ball before throwing to first for an out in game one.

Austin Harmon got things going for the Mudcats in the bottom of the inning when he singled to right field and subsequently swiped second base.

Colt Williams, who came to the hill for Sanders to start the frame, got the next two outs and the inning ended when Harmon was thrown out at the plate on an attempted double steal run-down play.

Hollingsworth set down Shelbyville 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and the Mudcats had a chance to win the game in regulation as Bryce Oliver singled with two outs and Hollingsworth followed with a base on balls before Williams got an inning ending strikeout, sending the game to just one more inning.

Surviving inning

Oliver came to the mound in the top of the eighth and walked the first batter, but quickly erased him from the bag when he picked him off.

Oliver issued another base on balls, but got out the inning on a grounder back to the mound and an inning ending whiff.

Williams set down the Mudcats 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning as the game ended with the dreaded deadlock.

Boone Sweeney (2-3, 2B) and Lykins (2-3, RBI) had two hits apiece in the contest, while Oliver (1-2, RS, HBP, SB) had one hot for the Mudcats.

Jacob Jones scored a run and stole a base, while Slayton Wild had a sac bunt and a stolen base, Garvin drove in one, Landen Jones got hit by a pitch, and Harmon had a steal.


In game two, Shelbyville jumped out to another early lead, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the top pf the first inning off Mudcats starter Jordan Jent.

In the bottom of the inning, the Mudcats got one back, cutting the lead in half on a sacrifice fly RBI by Oliver that scored Jalen Smith, who had walked and wound up on third via a stolen base.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Lykins manufactured a run after a single to left.

Lykins stole second base after a two-out hit, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch, making it 3-2.

Game changer

Harrison set down Shelbyville 1-2-3 over the next two innings before the game changing bottom of the sixth.

Jent led off the inning with a base hit and was sacrificed to second by Lane Allen.

Smith follow with a base on balls and Logan Hollingsworth came in to pinch run for Smith.

Michael Dyer grounded out to shortstop and both runners moved up, putting Mudcats on second and third.

Winning run

Jent raced home on a passed ball to tie the game at 3-3 and on the next pitch, Hollingsworth crossed the dish with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Allen came to hill in the bottom of the inning for Middle Tennessee and the lefty allowed a leadoff hit to Williams.

Williams moved up to second on a bunt before Allen whiffed the next batter looking and the game ended on a pop-up to Lykins at short, giving the Mudcats (6-5-1) the win.