Blue Raiders look to extend seven-game winning streak when Lipscomb visits Tuesday

$2 Tuesday featuring $2 tickets, hot dogs and drinks

March 4, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Fresh off a series sweep of Kennesaw State, the Middle Tennessee baseball team welcomes Lipscomb to Reese Smith Jr. Field for a mid-week matchup Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The Blue Raiders carry a seven-game winning streak into the contest after outscoring the Owls 22-4 in the weekend series. MT (9-2) was hot at the plate all weekend, recording 27 hits throughout the series, including 11 runs on 11 hits in the opening game.

MT is off to its best start since the 2009 season and tied its longest winning streak since 2008 at seven wins. It will look to carry that momentum into the matchup Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Raiders and the Bisons are currently tied in the overall series, 22-22. Lipscomb has taken the last four meetings to even the series.

Last year in Nashville, Lipscomb took both games of a doubleheader. MT's last victory came in 2010 when the two teams battled into extra innings before the Blue Raiders stole a 21-20 victory in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Freshman Garrett Ring (0-1) looks to pick up his first win as a Blue Raider when he heads to the mound for Tuesday's matchup. Ring pitched three innings allowing five hits and three runs while fanning four in his collegiate debut against Austin Peay on Feb. 19.

The bats have woken up for MT in the last few games with five players now batting .300 or better on the season. Michael Adkins continues to be the driving force for the Blue and White at the plate this year. Having played in all but two games, Adkins is batting .417 for the year with a .625 slugging percentage.

Jake Ellison has provided some power in the lineup as well and leads MT with two home runs this season. Ellison has also recorded six doubles to go with nine RBI, second to only to Johnny Thomas with 10 RBI produced this season.

Lipscomb (5-7) enters the contest after defeating Butler on Sunday, 9-8, to avoid the sweep last weekend. The Bisons will be heading on the road for the first time this season as all 12 of their previous matchups have been at home to this point. 

  Lipscomb also has five players batting .300 or better this year heading into the matchup with the Blue Raiders.

Senior Aaron Sandoval leads the Bisons, batting .439 (18-for-41) with nine RBI and seven runs scored this year. His .537 slugging percentage is good for third on the team and his .452 on-base percentage ranks second.

Tuesday's game also marks $2 Tuesday at the ball park. It's $2 tickets, $2 hot dogs, and $2 drinks for all fans in attendance.

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