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Blue Raiders look to extend home winning streak when FIU visits

MT has won four in a row at home

April 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics

FIRST PITCH/PROMOTIONS
Friday - 6 p.m.
Murfreesboro Baseball Association Night at the Park - All members of the Murfreesboro Baseball Association will receive free admission into the game when wearing their jersey to the park.

Saturday - 4 p.m.
Alumni Day - All baseball alumni are invited back and will be honored in a pregame ceremony with a special recognition to the 1968 OVC Championship Team.

Sunday - Noon
L.D. Agee Optimist Little League Day - All members of the Optimist Little League will be admitted free into the game when wearing their jersey.

Kids day at the Park - Inflatables will be located behind the third base dugout. All children (12 and under) will be admitted free, and kids can run the bases after the game. An autograph session will also be held on the field for all those in attendance immediately following the game.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team looks to extend its home winning streak when FIU visits Reese Smith Jr. Field for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a 12-9 win over visiting Belmont on Tuesday night to make it four straight home victories.

Third baseman Hank LaRue led MT with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and drove in three runs while crossing the plate twice. Jordan Cooper earned the win on the mound after going two innings with no hits, no runs, and striking out four.

The Blue Raiders (21-18, 6-9 Sun Belt) currently lead the all-time series with the Panthers, 20-19. Last time out, MT defeated FIU, 12-6, in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, but dropped two of three to the Panthers during the regular season.

Johnathan Frebis (5-3) heads to the mound for game one of the series Friday night. Frebis looks to pick up where he left off a week ago against Florida Atlantic when he went five innings surrendering just two runs on seven hits while earning the win. He carries a 3.26 ERA into this weekend matchup.

Hunter Adkins (4-4) gets the nod for game two on Saturday. His 47 strikeouts this year are good for first on the squad and he holds a 4.10 ERA.

Zac Curtis (4-3) will take the hill for Sunday's finale. Last time out, Curtis went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on just three hits and struck out six. He currently has a 5.70 ERA.

Centerfielder Ryan Stephens' .327 average at the plate this year continues to lead the Blue Raiders and he is only one of four players to start in every game this season. His 49-hits are tied for a team high with shortstop Ryan Ford.

FIU (20-16, 8-7 SBC) heads to Murfreesboro after a mid-week loss to Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night, 4-3.

Infielder Edwin Rios leads the charge for FIU with a .376 average for the season. Rios has started every game for the Panthers this year, and his 50 hits are good for first on the team. His .632 slugging percentage is also a team-high.

The Panthers will start Tyler Alexander (2-5) for the opener Friday. Alexander leads the squad with 52 strikeouts this year and carries a 4.47 ERA into the matchup.

Saturday's starter has yet to be determined, while Mike Franco (5-1) gets the nod for the final game and brings a 4.03 ERA into the finale.

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