Raiders close out road swing at Austin Peay
First pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. in ClarksvilleApril 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics
Middle Tennessee (19-21, 9-9 C-USA) at Austin Peay (16-24, 8-10 OVC)
Raymond C. Hand Park (777) - Clarksville, Tenn.
Wednesday: RHP Heath Slatton (2-1, 5.19 ERA) vs. RHP Caleb Powell (0-1, 7.18 ERA)
Middle Tennessee closes out a five-game road trip with a midweek matchup versus in-state foe Austin Peay (16-24, 8-10 OVC) on Wednesday evening. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville.
The Blue Raiders (19-21, 9-9 Conference USA) won the middle game of its three-game bout at East Carolina. MT dropped a tough 1-0 game on Friday and split the doubleheader on Saturday. Jared Allen hit a pair of home runs and totaled four RBI in MT's 6-1 win over ECU. Paul Mittura matched a career-high seven innings pitched to claim his third win of the year.
Sophomore Heath Slatton (2-1, 5.19 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday. The right-hander will face Austin Peay freshman righty Caleb Powell (0-1, 7.18 ERA).
Through 40 games this season, Trent Miller leads the Blue Raiders in batting average (.348), hits (55), doubles (17), total bases (86), slugging percentage (.544) and on-base percentage (.383). Miller has 139 runs-batted-in during his career and is two away from reaching eight all-time at MT. Catcher Michael Adkins is hitting .382 during his last two games, which includes four extra-base hits.
Austin Peay (16-24, 8-10 Ohio Valley) picked up a series win over Belmont last weekend. Freshman Alex Robels threw the first complete game one-hitter for the Govs in school history with a 3-0 shutout win on Friday. Robels is APSU's top offensive threat, hitting .351 with 19 RBI in 39 games.
Fans can listen to Dick Palmer call the game on WMOT 89.5 FM or online at GoBlueRaiders.com. Live video of the contest will be available through the OVC Digital Network.
GAME NOTES (For full version, view PDF):
Adkins Amping It Up
Catcher Michael Adkins has stepped up his game during the last 10 contests. The junior is hitting .382 with three doubles, a triple and three RBI during that time. He has drawn three walks and collected a team-best on-base percentage of .382. Adkins notched a pair of multi-hit performances at East Carolina last weekend.
Miller a Pillar in the Lineup
Senior 1B Trent Miller has started all 40 games so far this year for the Blue Raiders, making 35 starts at first base and five in right field. Miller has hit third in all 40 games, leading the Blue Raiders in average (.348), slugging (.544), RBI (29), and a Conference-USA best 17 doubles. Miller is second in C-USA with 86 total bases and 55 hits this season.
Reliever Cody Tollison has made it tough for his opponents to hit in the last few outings. Tollison has not allowed a hit in the last four innings, fanning three during the stretch. He has not given up a run in the last 7.1 innings pitched. This season, Tollison holds a stingy 1.26 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.1 innings of relief.
Miller Inking His Name in the Record Books
Senior Trent Miller ranks seventh with 867 career putouts. His two RBI last weekend moved him into 10th all-time with 139 in his career, just three shy from eighth all-time. Miller's 367 total bases is one behind Clay Snellgrove for 10th. The Kansas City native is three doubles away from reaching third held by Blake McDade (62).
Jared Allen's is tied for the league lead in homers and triples. Allen has belted seven homers, tying him for the C-USA lead with FIU's Aramis Garcia. He hammered two against ECU in game one of a doubleheader on April 18. The junior has notched three triples, which is tied with ODU's Taylor Ostrich. In 40 games, Allen has recorded 77 total bases which sits fourth in Conference USA.
Up Next: Old Dominion
The Monarchs (25-16, 12-9 Conference USA) visit Murfreesboro for the first time with a three-game series at Reese Smith Jr. Field this weekend. ODU has won their last five C-USA series, including taking two of three from UTSA in Norfolk. The Monarchs are a game and half up on the Blue Raiders, currently sitting in fifth place in the league.
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