Baseball truly is a numbers game.

In fact, some of the greatest players of all-time only hit .300.

Middle Tennessee State pitchers Jamie Powers and Jeremy Armstrong combined

to limit Tennessee to just three hits in 30 at bats Tuesday night at Reese

Smith Field in Murfreesboro.

Nevertheless, the Blue Raiders lost to the Volunteers 2-1 in front on 890

fans, the second largest crowd of the season at MTSU.

It was a tough way for Powers, who took the loss, to drop to 1-4. The

senior from Bristol, Tenn., pitched what could be considered his best

outing ever.

The 6-3 right-hander threw a no-hitter through 6 1-3 before back-to-back

singles, an error and an sacrifice fly gave the Vols the win.

Picking up his seventh win on the season, Jamie Bennett (7-1) struck out

seven batters while going the distance for the Vols.

With one away in the seventh and the Blue Raiders ahead 1-0, Jeff

Christensen laced a single to left field to break up Powers' no-hitter.

Justin Parker followed with a double to left to put runners on second and

third. Christensen then scored when Wes Whitehead misplayed a ball hit to

shortstop off the bat of John Massey to knot the score at 1-1.

After a brief visit to the mound by MTSU head coach Steve Peterson, Ryan

Moffett laid down a near-perfect safety squeeze to score Parker and make it

2-1, and then Powers ended his night by striking out pinch hitter Steve


On the night, Powers worked seven innings giving up two runs-one earned-on

two hits. He struck out six and walked just one. Prior to the two hits off

Powers, he had faced just one over the minimum.

The Vols faced Belmont University Wednesday night. Check out Friday's

Beacon for all the results.