Blue Raiders host Belmont for $2 Tuesday

MT owns a 35-12 series advantage

April 15, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team is set to host the Belmont Bruins in a mid-week matchup Tuesday evening at Reese Smith Jr. Field beginning at 6 p.m.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a weekend series at Florida Atlantic where the Owls defeated the Blue Raiders two games to one in a three-game series.

Middle Tennessee (20-18, 6-9 Sun Belt) returns home to host Belmont on Tuesday after having faced the Bruins once already this season. The Blue Raiders made the short trip to Nashville just a month ago where Belmont took the win, 3-1.

MT currently leads the all-time series with the Bruins, 35-12. Last time out, the Blue Raiders struggled to find a rhythm offensively, tallying just four hits at the plate and the lone run in the sixth inning.

Heath Slatton (1-1) heads to the mound and will be making just his second start of the season and of his career. Slatton started the previous game at Belmont where he went four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and struck out four. Slatton carries a 6.92 ERA into the contest and has 11 strikeouts in his freshman year.

Ryan Stephens continues to be the driving force at the plate for the Blue Raiders with his .317 average for the year. Stephens consistently finds ways to get on base, as he has reached safely in 30 of the last 32 games.

Belmont (26-8, 13-2 OVC) is coming off a series sweep of SIU Edwardsville over the weekend that saw a Rose Park record for runs in the win on Sunday, 25-7. The Bruins tallied 24 hits in the contest and belted two home runs.

BU has currently won 13 of their last 15 games, including a 5-1 record in their last two weekend series.
Infielder Judah Akers leads the Bruins at the plate with a .331 average for the year. Akers has 36 RBI this year to go with 31 runs scored and has crushed 10 home runs. He leads the team in all three categories.

Dom Veltri (0-0) will take the hill for the Bruins. Veltri carries a 3.46 ERA into Tuesday night's matchup and has only started two games on the mound this year with eight appearances overall. In 13 innings pitched, Veltri has surrendered 14 hits, given up six runs and struck out 11. Opposing batters are hitting .296 against him.

Tuesday also marks $2 Tuesday at the ball park. Fans can enjoy $2 tickets, drinks, and hot dogs during the game.

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