Blue Raiders head south to take on Florida Atlantic
First pitch Friday slated for 6:30 p.m. ETApril 11, 2013 · @MTAthletics
FIRST PITCH (all times Eastern)
Friday - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Noon
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team hits the road this weekend to take on Florida Atlantic in a three-game series in Boca Raton, Fla., beginning Friday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Blue Raiders are coming off a come-from-behind win over visiting Tennessee Tech Tuesday with a final score of 12-9.
MT (19-16, 5-7 Sun Belt) put together a six-run fifth inning to tie it at seven only to have to come back again in the sixth and take the lead for good. Trent Miller went 3-for-5 at the plate and drove in four runs to lead the Blue Raiders in their comeback victory.
The Owls currently lead the all-time series with the Blue Raiders, 12-11. MT won one against FAU a year ago, losing the final two games of the series. The Owls have won five of the last six meetings.
A change in rotation sends Johnathan Frebis (4-3) to the hill for game one Friday. Last time out, Frebis threw 5.1 solid innings against UALR, surrendering just four hits and allowing two runs while striking out six to pick up the win. He carries a 3.21 ERA into the matchup.
Hunter Adkins (4-3) takes over as the starter for game two on Saturday and looks to find a rhythm after struggling during his last two starts. A week ago versus UALR, Adkins lasted just three innings and gave up seven hits and seven runs, five of which were earned, and struck out five.
Sunday's finale features Zac Curtis (4-3) on the mound. In his last start, Curtis pitched 4.2 innings and gave up six hits and five runs and fanned eight at the plate against the Trojans. He carries a 6.15 ERA into the contest, but his 40 strikeouts this year are good for second on the team behind Adkins' 44.
The Blue Raiders were hot at the plate again Tuesday night, collecting 14 hits en route to earning the win. In the last four games, MT has amassed a total of 51 hits at the plate and holds a record of 3-1 in those games.
Ryan Stephens leads the Blue Raiders at the plate with a .336 average and tallied his first home run of the season Tuesday night. He is also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
Florida Atlantic (22-11, 8-4 SBC) got off to a quick start in 2013 and carries that momentum into the weekend. The Owls have won nine of their last eleven.
Austin Gomber (4-1) will be on the mound for the Owls in game one. Gomber carries a team-best 2.19 ERA into the matchup and has a team-high 55 strikeouts this year in 53.1 innings pitched.
Jeremy Strawn (2-2) and Brandon Rhodes (3-1) will handle game's two and three for the Owls. Strawn brings a 3.70 ERA into game two and Rhodes a 2.41 into Sunday's matchup.
Freshman Brendan Sanger leads the Owls at the plate this year with a .417 average and has started all but two games in his first year with Florida Atlantic. He has crossed the plate 22 times this season.
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