Baseball unveils 2012 slate
Blue Raiders to host 33 games at Reese Smith Jr. FieldOctober 9, 2011 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team is slated for 33 home games and 23 road contests according to the 2012 schedule announced on Sunday by head coach Steve Peterson. The Blue Raiders will face six participants from the 2011 NCAA Championship field.
“From a fan standpoint, it’s one of the best schedules we’ve had in years as far as the number of home games,” Peterson said. “It’s always hard to say how competitive your schedule is going to be because a team that was really good last year might not be as good this year and vice versa. But the Sun Belt is a very strong league and presents a very tough schedule. There’s no mercy in baseball, and there’s no mercy in the Sun Belt. If you’re not any good, it’ll find you in a heartbeat. If you are good, then you’ll compete all the way to the last weekend for the championship as we have the past few years.”
MT swings into action with six of its first seven games at home. The Blue Raiders open against Kansas on Feb. 17, followed by St. Louis and Evansville on consecutive days to round out opening weekend. MT will make a day trip to Lipscomb on Feb. 21 before returning to Reese Smith Jr. Field to host a three-game series against Ohio Feb. 24-26.
After a midweek contest at Tennessee on Feb. 28, the Blue Raiders will host Louisiana Tech March 2-4, then travel to Southern Illinois for a pair of games March 6-7. Ball State comes to town for the final non-conference weekend March 9-11 and the Blue Raiders welcome 2011 Atlantic Sun tournament champion Belmont on March 13 before beginning Sun Belt action.
“Our non-conference games will allow us to really see what we’re going to do with our pitching staff,” Peterson said. “The starting rotation at this point is wide open.”
MT opens SBC play at home against WKU March 16-18, kicking off a nine-game homestand. The Blue Raiders break from league action on March 20 to host in-state foe Tennessee Tech before welcoming Florida Atlantic March 23-25. Memphis makes the trip east for the final two games of the homestand March 27-28.
The Blue Raiders head to South Alabama for the first conference road series of the 2012 campaign March 30-April 1. MT returns home the following weekend (April 6-8) to host last year’s SBC tournament champion in UALR before beginning a tough five-game road stretch, facing 2011 NCAA participants in five consecutive games. Defending Ohio Valley Conference tournament champion Austin Peay begins the roadtrip, hosting MT on April 11. The Blue Raiders travel to Troy, last year’s regular season SBC champion, April 13-15, then conclude the road stint at 2011 College World Series contender Vanderbilt on April 17.
Austin Peay makes the trip down I-24 for a rematch on April 18 before the Blue Raiders hit the road for a three-game series at ULM April 20-22. MT will face in-state foes on back-to-back days, traveling to Tennessee Tech on April 24 and hosting Vanderbilt on April 25. The Blue Raiders remain at home through the weekend for a three-game series against Arkansas State April 27-29.
MT opens the final month of the regular season at FIU May 4-6. The Blue Raiders host their final Sun Belt series May 11-13 when Louisiana comes to town, then wrap up the home schedule against Tennessee on May 15. The regular season comes to a close at WKU May 17-19.
WKU will host the 2012 Sun Belt Tournament May 23-27 at Nick Denes Field.
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