Mudcats sweep Giles County
The Middle Tennessee Mudcats, coming off the dead-period layoff, returned to the diamond in Chapel Hill on Monday in good form, sweeping a doubleheader from Giles County 12-2 and 14-7.
The Mudcats (10-8-1) turned in a torrid offensive performance, banging out 30 hits in the double-bubble with Tanner Garvin leading the way, going 5-6 with five RBIs.
Garvin also picked up the win on the mound for the Mudcats in the first game, giving up five hits in his three innings of work.
The big righty walked one and struck out seven Giles County batters in the contest.
Garvin gave up three hits in the top of the first inning, but escaped with just one run given up on an RBI single by Clay McAllister.
In the home half of the first, Garvin delivered a three-run double as the Mudcats put up four runs.
Giles County had two-on and two-out in the top of the second, but Garvin got out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.
The Mudcats gave Garvin some more support in the bottom of the frame as Bryce Oliver drove home two runs, while Jonathon Lykins had a fielder's choice RBI and Dustin Brashear slashed an RBI base hit to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
Two hit batsmen and a base on balls loaded the sacks with one out for Giles County in the top of the third, but once again, Garvin came up huge, striking out the last two batters to send the game to the home half of the third.
Alex Brewer made it a 9-1 contest with an RBI double and in the top of the fourth inning, Lane Allen came to the hill and retired the first three batters on just three pitches.
The Mudcats opened up a potential run-rule win in the bottom of the fourth as Cain Harrison, Michael Dyer, and Jordan Jent all drove home a run, making it a 12-1 ballgame.
Allen retired the leadoff hitter on one pitch in the top of the fifth before McAllister banged a base hit to left field.
An error on the play gave McAllister second base and he scampered to third on a passed ball before scoring on a fielder's choice RBI by Trey Garrett.
Allen reached back and struck out Trent Burns swinging to end the contest.
Lykins (2-3, RS, RBI) and Jalen Smith (2-3) had two hits apiece in the contest, while Brewer (1-1, 2RS, 2BB), Ryan Yelensky (1-2, 2RS), Austin Welty (1-1, 2RS), Dyer (1-1, RBI), Jent (1-1, RBI), Oliver (1-2, RS, 2RBIs), Brashear (1-2, RS, RBI), and Cain Harrison (1-3, RS, RBI) all had one base knock in the run-rule victory.
In game two, Jent started on the hill for the Mudcats and pitched three and a third innings to pick up the win.
Jent gave up three earned runs on just three hits, while walking five and striking out three Giles County batters.
The Mudcats went to work on offense from the outset, scoring two runs in the first inning and four more in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
The Giles County bats finally came alive in the top of the fourth as they put up four runs, cutting the Mudcats' lead to 6-4, but Middle Tennessee came right back, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 8-4 lead.
Giles County responded with three runs in the top of the fifth inning with the big blow coming on a two-run double by Rob McMasters.
The Mudcats continued to pound the baseball, tallying a half dozen runs in the bottom of the frame as Lykins and Jarvis Lyttle had RBI base hits, while Brewer belted a two-run home run to cap off the scoring for the Mudcats.
Dylan Eady came to the hill in the sixth inning and got two outs before Oliver came on to record the final out on a ground ball with the bases loaded.
Oliver finished up the game in style, retiring Giles County 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to cap off the doubleheader sweep.
The Mudcats banged out 16 hits in the contest with Garvin (3-3, RS, 2RBIs, 2SB) and Brewer (3-3, HR, RS, 2RBIs, BB, 3SB) both bashing a trio of base knocks, while Eady (2-3, RBI, 2SB), Welty (2-3, 2RS), and Lykins (2-3, 2RS, RBI, BB, HBP, 3SB) all had two hits in the contest.
Yelensky (1-4, RS), Lyttle (1-1, RS, RBI, SB), Smith (1-3, RS, RBI, SB), and Brashear (1-1, RS, RBI, SB) all had one hit.