Shortstop Dustin Delgado scored three of MTSU's five runs, as the Blue Raiders shut out Austin Peay 5-0 at Reese Smith Jr. Field on Wednesday evening.
The Blue Raiders (23-22) did all their damage early in the game, scoring all the runs in the first four innings. MTSU used six different pitchers to pull together the team's third shutout of the year. Left-handed starter Nathan Foriest (1-5) earned his first win this season, allowing just three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Delgado completed his evening 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI. Hank LaRue and Jared Allen tallied an RBI each in the contest. Jake Ingold and Jake Ellison plated the Raiders other two runs in the contest.
MTSU finished the game with five runs on seven hits with doubles from Delgado and Allen. Austin Peay (18-28) was held scoreless with four hits and three errors. The Governors were swept in the season series by the Raiders.
Garrett Ring came in relief for Foriest in the fourth inning, retiring the side. Heath Slatton threw two flawless innings with a strikeout, while Matt Blackham followed with three straight punchouts. Cody Tollison allowed a hit in an inning of work, extending his scoreless streak to 12.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Kooper Kessler closed out the game with two strikeouts in the ninth stanza.
MTSU scored in the first after a dropped ball by the third baseman allowed Delgado to cross home plate. The Columbia State transfer then scored off a throwing error by the pitcher in the third to give MT a 2-0 edge.
In the fourth, a hit-and-run paid off when Delgado's single to right field allowed Ingold to add a third run. The fielding woes affected Austin Peay once again when LaRue reached on base and Ellison scored due to an error in right field. Allen roped a double to left field scoring Delgado for the fifth run.
This weekend, MTSU hosts UTSA in a critical three-game series. The Raiders are in the midst of a battle to reach Hattiesburg, Miss., for the C-USA Championship. First pitch for Friday's contest is set for 6 p.m.
Ryan Stephens tied Johnny Thomas and Chuck Akers for second all-time with 170 starts on Wednesday ... Michael Adkins' 10-game hit streak was snapped ... The Blue Raiders are now 5-0 in the blue cap, blue jersey and white pants combination ... MT has recorded two shutouts in its last four games.