Last road series of the season on tap for Blue Raiders

MT heads to No. 20 South Alabama

May 2, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Friday - 2 p.m.
Saturday - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team hits the road this weekend for its final away series against No. 20 South Alabama at Stanky Field beginning Friday at 2 p.m.

The Blue Raiders (25-22, 8-13 Sun Belt) are coming off their fifth-straight win over Tennessee on Tuesday night by a final score of 7-6. Trent Miller and Jake Ellison both hit two home runs on the night, while Knoxville native Jordan Cooper got the save and the Blue Raiders continued their dominant run over the Vols. A three-run seventh inning secured the road win backed by a strong showing from the bullpen.

MT looks to bring the momentum into conference play this weekend at South Alabama.

The Jaguars currently lead the all-time series with the Blue Raiders 32-21. Last year in Mobile, MT claimed the series with a 17-1 run-rule victory in the decisive third game.

Johnathan Frebis (5-5) continues as the game one starter on Friday night. Frebis pitched four innings a week ago at Arkansas State, surrendering four runs on just three hits while striking out six before taking the loss. He brings a 5.06 ERA into the matchup.

Zac Curtis (5-3) moves from his Sunday role to the game two starting role on Saturday evening. Curtis pitched a career-high 8.1 innings last weekend en route to MT's 2-1 extra-inning win. He gave up just one earned run on four hits and fanned seven. Curtis carries 4.60 ERA into the contest.

Sunday's starter is TBA.

Ryan Stephens continues to lead the Blue Raiders at the plate. Stephens' his 60 hits are tied for a team-high with Ryan Ford, while Trent Miller has been the squad's leading RBI-getter with 36.

South Alabama (34-12, 15-6 SBC) re-entered the national rankings this week thanks to a seven-game winning streak. The Jaguars are coming off a series sweep at ULM.

Righthander Jarron Cito (4-2) heads to the mound for game one Friday. Cito has a team-high 62 strikeouts this year in 60.0 innings pitched and has tossed one complete game. He brings a 5.10 ERA into the game.

Game two on Saturday will see Matt Bell (5-0) on the mound for the Jaguars as he puts his perfect record on the line. He has a 2.90 ERA. Jacob Noble (5-1) gets the nod for game three Sunday. He carries a team-best 2.86 ERA into the matchup.

At the plate, Jordan Patterson paces the Jaguars with a .379 batting average and a .574 slugging percentage. Patterson has a team high 19 doubles this season and has crossed the plate 51 times.

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