MTSU won a thrilling 3-2 game over Old Dominion in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday at Southern Mississippi.
With MTSU leading 3-2, ODU loaded the bases in the top of the ninth when Blue Raider reliever Matt Blackham faced a 3-2 count as he tried to record the final out.
Blackham recorded a critical strikeout, and MTSU escaped with the 3-2 win. The Blue Raiders will face the Rice/FIU winner on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Jake Ellison, who subbed for injured shortstop Dustin Delgado, drove in what proved to be the game-winning hit. Hanke LaRue and Michael Adkins each had two hits for the Blue Raiders.