Blue Raiders prepared for Ragin' Cajuns
Series will air on 89.5 WMOTApril 29, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
Middle Tennessee will play at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 with the final game of the series set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.
The Blue Raiders picked up their first sweep in Sun Belt action last weekend against UALR and will look to use that momentum this weekend.
Middle Tennessee is tied for second in the Sun Belt race and has lost just one weekend series in league play this season.
ULL returns to conference action this weekend after taking its series 2-1 over Lemoyne. Greg Fontenot leads the Ragin' Cajuns at the plate with a .358 batting average, 54 hits, 27 RBI and has scored 29 runs.
Zach Osborne continues to be a force on the mound in 2010 with a 2.29 ERA and a 6-2 record in 10 appearances with three complete games. In 74.2 innings of work he has allowed 29 runs, 19 earned on 61 hits with 72 strikeouts.
ULL leads the all-time series 27-22. Last season, the Ragin' Cajuns swept the weekend series in Lafayette, La., while the Blue Raiders won two of three meetings in the Sun Belt Tournament. Head Coach Steve Peterson is 18-20 vs. the Ragin' Cajuns. Middle Tennessee has not won a regular season game at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field since May 13, 2005. The Blue Raiders won 10-1 over No. 18 Louisiana. The Blue Raiders have five wins since 2001 but have only won one series (2001) during the span. Middle Tennessee performed well at the tournament in 2003 defeating Louisiana twice on its way to winning the tournament.
Senior Kenneth Roberts, the reigning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week, will be looking to have another strong performance and guide the pitching staff into the weekend.
Junior Justin Miller, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week, will help aid the offense as he has done throughout the season when the team hits the field on Friday. Senior Blake McDade, junior Tyler Burnett and sophomore Justin Guidry have also been putting up strong performances the past few weeks and will look to continue that in Louisiana.
Dick Palmer will have the play-by-play all weekend on 89.5 WMOT and linked on goblueraiders.com. Live stats for the games are also linked on goblueraiders.com.
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