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Blue Raiders Face Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday

Look to stay unbeaten in fall play

October 4, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee softball completes its series of fall home games on Thursday when the Blue Raiders host NAIA club Trevecca Nazarene. The double header begins at 5:30 p.m. at Blue Raider Field.

The Blue Raiders produced a solid fall campaign thus far. The club is undefeated, 4-0, and has recorded three shutouts. In total, Middle Tennessee has scored 20 runs and has only allowed three.

The offensive power for Middle Tennessee could be dubbed "keeping up with the seniors." Seniors Melissa Weiland and Shelby Stiner are proving they are ready to step into the role of leader, and they are making a statement at the plate.

Weiland, who plays third base, currently leads the club with a .714 batting average with two homeruns, four RBI, two runs scored, one double and four total hits. Stiner, who protects the middle at shortstop, is right behind Weiland with a .571 batting average and also has two homeruns. Stiner has knocked in five runs, and also has four runs scored, had four hits and is 2-for-2 in stolen bases.

Middle Tennessee is enjoying success at the plate but also on the mound. Young heralded pitcher Lindsey Vander Lugt has been impressive, tossing two complete game shutouts and coming into a third game to shut down the opponent and pick up her third win of the fall. The freshman lefty, from Tumwater, Wash. currently has a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings of work, allowing just three hits and striking out nine.

The Blue Raiders have also enjoyed the strong play on the mound, by sophomore Samantha Floyd. The Rossville, Ga. native splits her time between the mound and first base and she is proving prolific at both. On the mound, Floyd has seen action in two games, recording one complete-game shutout. She also recorded 10 strikeouts against Motlow State on September 29.

Middle Tennessee has six players hitting .400 or better in the first four games. Floyd is hitting .600, Martha Davis and Whitney Darlington are at .500, and Ashley Cline is at .400. Cline has also shown she can score when on base, as she is tied with Stiner for runs scored with four.

After hosting Trevecca on Thursday, Middle Tennessee will close out its fall season by traveling to Nashville to participate in a tournament at Lipscomb University on Sunday. The Blue Raiders are scheduled to play Belmont at 12:15 p.m. and Tennessee State at 3:45 p.m.

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