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Blue Raiders ride four-game winning streak into weekend versus Kennesaw State

Weekend series kicks off nine-game home stand

February 28, 2013 · @MTAthletics

FIRST PITCH
Friday: 3 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee is poised to welcome Kennesaw State to Reese Smith Jr. Field for a three-game series this weekend. The series opens Friday at 3 p.m.

Last time out, the Blue Raiders overcame a six-run deficit on the road Tuesday against Tennessee Tech to steal the victory, 9-7.

Catcher Michael Adkins was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and also tallied four runs on the afternoon. Centerfielder Ryan Stephens posted three RBI in a 2-for-4 performance that included driving in the game-winning run in the seventh inning.

MT (6-2) secured its fourth-straight win and brings the streak back to Murfreesboro for the series with the Owls.

This weekend's matchup will mark the first between the two schools.

Senior pitcher Hunter Adkins (2-0) puts his perfect record on the line when he takes the hill in the opening game Friday.

Adkins currently has a 0.56 ERA and has only allowed seven hits in 16 innings pitched. He leads the team in strikeouts with 12 and opposing batters are hitting just .135 against him.

Johnathan Frebis (1-0) heads to the mound in game two of the series Saturday and looks to pick up where he left off in the Auburn tournament. Frebis has surrendered just one unearned run this season in 12 innings pitched and has fanned nine batters.

For the Sunday finale it will be junior Zac Curtis (1-1) who gets the nod as the starter. Curtis has been steady for the Blue Raiders, picking up his first win for MT in his last outing against College of Charleston. Curtis threw five solid innings and gave up just three hits against 22 batters faced while striking out seven.

Michael Adkins hopes to stay hot at the plate as he is currently batting a team-best .500 (9-for-18) on the season and has crossed the plate nine times. His .778 slugging-percentage is also a team-best.

Kennesaw State (6-3) opened its 2013 season with a three-game sweep of Jacksonville State on opening weekend. The Owls then went on the road and defeated SEC foe Georgia, 2-1, with a base-hit RBI in the top of the 9th.
KSU is coming off a 2-1 win on the road at Alabama State Wednesday night. Jordan Hillyer (1-0) earned the win after he pitched four innings, giving up three hits while facing 16 batters and striking out five.

Alex Liquori leads the Owls' offense, batting .467 (7-for-15) on the year.

The righthander Travis Dean (1-1) will get the start in the opener on Friday. Dean currently has a 4.15 ERA and has allowed nine hits this year.

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