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MTSU v. Old Dominion game recap

By: Darius White

MTN Sports Reporter


MTSU looks to avenge their first game loss against Old Dominion Saturday after losing 23-7 on Friday night.

Saturday's game will serve as the second matchup of a three game weekend series.

The Blue Raiders are looking to correct their pitching efforts as Friday's loss serves the fifth game this season the team has allowed 10 or more runs from the opposing team.

MTSU pitcher Jalen Wirtz credited Old Dominion's hitters for their loss when asked about the game's outcome.

"I give a lot of credit to them. It could have gone either way," said Wirtz.

Most of the game saw wind speeds in the 15-20 mph range as the game was pushed up to an earlier start time due to predictions of inclement weather.

Wirtz said he had never pitched in game where wind speeds had such a huge impact after the team gave up seven home runs by the end of the ninth inning.

Coach Toman spoke about the pitching struggles but explained wanting to keep his relief pitchers fresh as they have two more games against ODU coming up this weekend.

"You don't want to go to your good pitchers because we got a game tomorrow and Sunday," said Toman. "The worst thing to do on a Friday is to lose like we did and burn all our pitchers."

After Friday's loss MTSU is 7-11 on the season with ODU improving their season tally to 15-1.

The Blue Raiders are looking to tie the series, as they take on the Monarch's at 3 pm Saturday before the final series game on Sunday at 1 pm.