Tag:Sun Belt
Posted on: May 29, 2009 8:20 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 8:22 pm


MTSU defeated Vandy 5-4 in the opening game of the Louisville Region of the NCAA Baseball Championship.  They had to hang on for dear life, but they did and they proved they not only belong but also the #2 seed.  Vandy however got in the SEC Tournament through the back door and by doing well in the SEC tournament got an at large bid, but they have yet to prove they belong.

Vandy threw their ace of the staff, Mike Minor, against the ace of the Blue Raiders , Kenneth Roberts.  Minor  was rudely welcomed with a grand slam homerun by Stuart Meinhart in the first inning.  Vandy battled back with two runs in the top of the fourth.  The game remained that way with Vandy often threatening but unable to get anything across the plate.  MTSU got there next run on a solo shot by Taylor Dennis in the top of the 7th.

Vandy scored two more runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth and threatened again in the 9th with bases loaded and two outs but reliever Codie Woods got Jason Esposito to ground into a game ending fielder's choice.

Roberts was the outstanding player in the conference championship for the Blue Raiders and he showed why today.  He is now 11-1.

Vandy showed moments of brilliance and to their credit down 4-0 in the first inning they did not quit.  Still, the failure to produce the big runs with runners in scoring position proved once again their achilles heel.  Vandy left 12 runners in scoring position. That my friends is the reason they lost.  Give it to the Blue Raiders they played with confidence and guts and did not flinch.

Vanderbilt will play the loser of tonight's game (No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Indiana) on Saturday at at 2 p.m. CT.

Posted on: May 25, 2009 6:09 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2009 6:10 pm


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders did something Vandy couldn't do, they won their tournament.  Baseball already is a major drawing sport amongst Middle Tennessee Schools and that means there is a lot of talent to be had.  The Blue Raiders used that talent in Junior Kenneth Roberts to nail down an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament defeating ULM in the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament.

There are family ties to the Raiders and they beat Vandy earlier this year, so don't under estimate this team from Murfreesboro.  The pitch performance by Roberts was simply sensational.  He worked six innings allowing only four hits and striking out five.  The win and the performance earned him the Most Outstanding player in the tournament. MTSU goes into the NCAA tournament with their best season ever.  They are 43-16, a new school record.  GO BLUE RAIDERS, WELL DONE!!
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