Raiders host Kent State for weekend series
MT continues eight-game homestand with three Friday-SundayFebruary 27, 2014 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team (3-4) hosts Kent State in a three-game series this weekend to continue an eight-game homestand at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.
The Raiders took two of three in the Mule Mix Classic last weekend, defeating Dayton and Miami (Ohio) before falling to Indiana State. Senior RHP Paul Mittura broke the Blue Raiders' all-time save record on Friday with an eight-pitch ninth to close out a win over Dayton. Mittura would come back on Saturday to pick up the save against Miami (Ohio).
Kent State is two years removed from a trip to the College World Series. The Golden Flashes enter the weekend at 5-2, having gone 1-2 at Arizona to begin the year before winning their past four. Kent State has averaged 7.0 runs per game and recorded a 1.22 WHIP through seven contests.
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Senior RHP Paul Mittura broke the program save record on Friday vs. Dayton with the 17th of his career, passing George Oleksik, who pitched at MT from 1993-1996. Mittura now has 18 saves as a Blue Raider after closing out Saturday's victory over Miami (Ohio).
Senior 1B Trent Miller has been on base in 14 of 29 plate appearances to begin 2014. Miller has six singles, two doubles, one triple, three walks and has reached once via a hit by pitch.
Freshman Kaleb King recorded two plate appearances in Sunday's game against Indiana State, reaching base in both of them. King doubled for his first collegiate hit, in addition to getting aboard via a walk.
NINE AT NINE
In five games hitting ninth for the Blue Raiders, junior IF Austin Bryant has gone 7-for-16 with three RBI and three multi-hit games, including a three-hit showing vs. Tennessee Tech (Feb. 18).
Senior OF Ryan Stephens has started 132 consecutive games in center field for the Blue Raiders entering the weekend, a streak that is 101 games longer than the next-longest streak of consecutive starts at the same position. Senior OF Jake Ellison has started 31 consecutive games in right field, while senior 1B Trent Miller has made 30 straight starts at first.
UP NEXT: VANDERBILT
The Blue Raiders close out an eight-game homestand when MT hosts No. 4 Vanderbilt on Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.
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