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Raiders host three games in Mule Mix Classic

Dayton, Miami (Ohio) and Indiana State visit MT

February 20, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team (1-3) continues an eight-game homestand when the Blue Raiders host Dayton, Miami (Ohio) and Indiana State this weekend for the Mule Mix Classic. The three visitors will rotate between MT, Lipscomb and Belmont.

MT looks to get back on track after having fallen in three straight, most recently to Tennessee Tech in a 9-5 game on Tuesday. On a 64-degree day, MT had 1,118 fans attend Tuesday's game. It was the highest home opener attendance since 1,252 came through the gates for the first game at the new Reese Smith, Jr. Field on Feb. 20, 2009.

Junior IF Austin Bryant had the first three-hit game of his career in the defeat, while senior 1B Trent Miller tallied his third multi-hit game out of MT's first four contests.

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Baseball vs. Dayton
Dayton comes in at 2-1, having played three games at the Spartanburg Classic last weekend. The Flyers sandwiched wins against Ball State and Wofford around a loss to USC Upstate. Dayton is averaging 6.7 runs per game through three games despite hitting just .223.

Miami dropped three games at Arkansas State over the weekend, including a pair of 10-run defeats. The Redhawks were plagued by 13 errors on the weekend.

Indiana State enters the weekend at 3-1, playing its first four games of the year at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Sycamores fell to Auburn on Friday before winning both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against UConn and Ohio State. Indiana State followed it up with a win over the Buckeyes on Sunday.

All three games will be broadcast locally on 92.5 FM (WMOT2) and online with a webstream at GoBlueRaiders.com. Dick Palmer and John Callow will have the call on Friday and Sunday, with Duane Hickey filling in for Palmer on Saturday. Live stats will also be available at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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PAULIE SAVES
Senior RHP Paul Mittura tied the program save record on Saturday at Kennesaw State. His 16 career saves for the Blue Raiders tie him with George Oleksik, who pitched at MT from 1993-1996.

FORIEST FIRE
Junior LHP Nathan Foriest made his third career start on Tuesday vs. Tennessee Tech, and it was the best of the three. Foriest threw 69 pitches over four innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four and walking one. After surrendering a leadoff single to begin the fourth, Foriest struck out the next three batters - all looking - to close out his appearance.

TRIPLE THREATS
After not recording a triple in the opening-weekend series against Kennesaw State, two of the first three batters of Tuesday's game tripled. Junior SS Dustin Delgado led off the inning with a triple, and senior 1B Trent Miller brought home Delgado with a triple two batters later. Miller's triple was the second of his career.

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER
Two players have had three-hit games in the first four contests of 2014. Senior 1B Trent Miller went 3-for-5 in the season opener at Kennesaw State on Feb. 15, while junior IF Austin Bryant had a 3-for-3 day vs. Tennessee Tech on Feb. 18

5-ON-4
Five Blue Raiders have been on base in all four games so far in 2014: Junior C Michael Adkins, junior SS Dustin Delgado, senior OF Jake Ellison, junior IF/C Jake Ingold and senior IF Hank LaRue.

TREMENDOUS TRENT
Senior 1B Trent Miller has been on base in 10 of 17 plate appearances to begin 2014. Miller has five singles, one double, one triple, two walks and has reached once via a hit by pitch.

MT TO PLAY SOUTHERN MISS ON FS1 APRIL 6
The Blue Raiders will face Southern Miss on Sunday, April 6 in Hattiesburg, Miss. in a game nationally-televised on Fox Sports 1. The game will be the first nationally-televised regular season game in MT program history.

STEPHENS PRESEASON ALL-C-USA
Senior OF Ryan Stephens was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA team after hitting .329 with 11 doubles, four triples and four homers in 2013, in addition to an .862 OPS and seven steals.

MT PICKED NINTH IN C-USA POLL
The Blue Raiders were selected ninth by C-USA coaches in the preseason poll. Rice finished first with 12 of 13 first-place votes, while Tulane garnered the other first-place selection.

UP NEXT: KENT STATE
The Blue Raiders continue their eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Kent State. MT and the Golden Flashes will play Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m., and Sunday March 2 at 1 p.m.

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