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Baseball Announces 2004 Schedule

December 1, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee head coach Steve Peterson announced the 2004 baseball schedule on Monday, which includes 30 home games at Reese Smith Field, including a three-game series to open the campaign, February 20-22.

The Blue Raiders host IP-Fort Wayne in the season-opening series, the fourth straight season Middle Tennessee will open at home. The 2004 slate also includes weekend home series against Southwest Missouri State (March 12-14) and Dayton (March 19-21) out of conference and Louisiana-Lafayette (April 2-4), Arkansas State (April 16-18), Western Kentucky (April 30-May 2) and Arkansas-Little Rock (May 21-23) in Sun Belt action.

The Blue Raiders also host midweek contests against Austin Peay, Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee Tech, Troy State, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

Middle Tennessee hits the road two of the first three weekends of the season, taking on Jacksonville State and Southeastern Louisiana, as the Blue Raiders play eight of their first 11 outings away from home. The squad also travels to Samford, Memphis, Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay and Vanderbilt for midweek contests, and take on Florida International, New Mexico State, South Alabama and New Orleans in Sun Belt action away from home.

"What you have to remember is, we were up and down last year. Getting the key players on the field and healthy was very important," Peterson said. "We made some adjustments on the pitching staff and changed the roles of some guys, and I thought that really helped us. The last 20 ball games, we were a solid ball club.

"We did not accomplish our first goal [last year], and that is to win the league championship. My biggest expectations are improving in league standings where we could compete for the league championship.

"If we can compete for the league championship, then we will lock up a spot in the [NCAA] tournament. There is a history with the power rating and the Sun Belt. You are dealing with the fifth-rated conference in the country. There is a built-in power rating that if you are successful in the league, you have a great opportunity to get into the regional tournament."

The Blue Raiders open the season 81 days from today at Reese Smith Field.

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