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Blue Raiders head west to take on Memphis

MT begins six-game road swing

March 25, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team takes its four-game winning streak to Memphis on Tuesday and Wednesday for a pair of midweek contests. First pitch Tuesday is slated for 6:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Blue Raiders are coming off the program's first series sweep of Louisiana at Reese Smith Jr. Field over the weekend.

Michael Adkins, the Sun Belt Player of the Week, led MT at the plate throughout the series, going 7-of-13 with eight RBI and two home runs. Adkins improved his batting average to .338 for the year and has now tied a team best three home runs.

MT (15-10, 3-3 SBC) got into a rhythm at the plate and collected 37 hits over the weekend. The Blue Raiders now sit at .500 in conference play while winning the last four in a row. MT looks to carry that momentum into this two-game series.

MT currently leads the all-time series with Memphis 42-40. Last year in Murfreesboro, the teams split a two-game series.

Jordan Cooper (1-1) gets the nod for the first game on Tuesday. Last time out, Cooper pitched 4.2 innings of shutout baseball against No. 2 Vanderbilt, surrendering just three hits.

The starting pitcher for game two is TBA.

Centerfielder Ryan Stephens has reached base in 20 straight games and brings a team-leading .360 (32-for-89) average into this series with 12 RBI. He also is 4-for-4 in stolen bases.

Dain McNabb generated some power from the nine-hole last weekend, starting two games behind the plate and serving as the designated hitter for game two. McNabb crushed two shots over the left field wall to bring his home run total to three for the year.

Memphis (13-10, 1-2 C-USA) is coming off a series defeat at Tulane University over the weekend but managed to win game two by a score of 16-0 with 17 hits. The Tigers went on a six-game winning streak earlier this season but are just 6-13 since the steak ended against ULM on March 3.

The senior lefty Michael Wills (1-1) takes the mound for the Tigers in game one and carries a 3.78 ERA into the contest. Wills has given up 20 hits this year and seven earned runs in four appearances. Opposing batters are hitting .323 against him.

Starting pitcher for game two is TBA.

Sophomore catcher Keaton Aldridge leads the Tigers at the plate with a .338 (23-for-68) average and one home run. Aldridge has crossed the plate nine times this season and has six RBI.

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