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Blue Raiders welcome Tennessee Tech for $2 Tuesday

$2 tickets, hot dogs and drinks available

April 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team is set to host Tennessee Tech for a mid-week matchup on Tuesday evening at Reese Smith Jr. Field. First pitch for the contest is set for 6 p.m.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a series win over visiting UALR this weekend, 2-1. MT was down a game after day one but got hot at the plate during game two and carried that momentum through the remainder of the series.

The Blue Raiders (18-16, 5-7 Sun Belt) currently lead the all-time series with the Golden Eagles 81-30-1. Last time the two teams met on Feb. 26, MT scored three runs in the seventh and eighth to take the win, 9-7, in Cookeville. With that victory, the Blue Raiders hold an eight-game winning streak dating back to 2008.

Jordan Cooper (2-2) will head to the mound for MT and will look to improve after his last outing against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Cooper went just 2.1 innings, surrendering four runs on just one hit. Cooper did have success in the last matchup with TTU earlier this season when he went 3.2 innings and gave up one hit, no runs and fanned six. He carries a 4.67 ERA into the matchup and has tallied 31 strikeouts this year.

Hank LaRue's return to third base on Sunday didn't go unnoticed as the junior went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. The highlights of the day were two incredible diving grabs down the third base line which resulted in outs at first instead of base hits. For the series, LaRue went 7-for-12 with six RBI and five runs scored.

TTU (23-9, 12-3 OVC) comes into Tuesday's contest after taking two of three from Austin Peay over the weekend. The Golden Eagles fell, 7-3, in game one before taking games two and three to win the series on the road in Clarksville.

Garrett Baugh (3-1) gets the start for TTU in the mid-week game and carries a 5.47 ERA into the matchup. In 26.1 innings pitched this year, Baugh has surrendered 22 runs, 16 earned, in 36 hits and struck out 19.

Junior Daniel Miles is the driving force for the Golden Eagles, carrying a .343 average at the plate this year into the game. Miles also brings a .657 slugging percentage into the contest, good for first on the team. He has belted seven home runs and produced 28 RBI this season.

Tuesday also marks $2 Tuesday at Reese Smith Jr. Field. Fans can enjoy $2 tickets, $2 dogs, and $2 drinks at the ballpark.

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