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Raiders visit Tennessee, host Austin Peay in midweek games

Tuesday's contest set for 5 p.m. first pitch in Knoxville

April 28, 2014 · @MTAthletics

THE MATCHUP

Tuesday, April 29 - 5 p.m. CT 
(Lindsey Nelson Stadium - Knoxville, Tenn.)

Middle Tennessee (22-22) at Tennessee (26-16)

RHP Jonathan Sisco (1-0, 7.70 ERA) vs. TBA

Wednesday, April 30 - 6 p.m.
(Reese Smith Jr. Field - Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Austin Peay (18-26) at Middle Tennessee (22-22)

LHP Nathan Foriest (0-5, 9.00 ERA) vs. TBA

THE STORYLINE

Middle Tennessee baseball takes on a pair of in-state foes for midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Blue Raiders travel east to play at Tennessee in a 5 p.m. CT contest on Tuesday before Austin Peay makes a visit for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Reese Smith Jr. Field on Wednesday.

The Raiders (22-22, 11-10 Conference USA) are coming off a successful weekend, taking two of three from Old Dominion. Zac Curtis was tabbed the C-USA Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. The left-hander matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts in a three-hit complete game shutout. Curtis is second nationally with 98 strikeouts.

Trent Miller leads the Blue Raider offense with a .351 hitting average. Miller's 19 doubles is fourth in the NCAA and leads the league. His 97 total bases also tops C-USA. Catcher Michael Adkins is in the midst of a 10-game hit streak. The junior has bumped his batting average up to .282 in 40 games played.

Tennessee (26-16, 8-13) dropped a weekend series at LSU last week. The Volunteers have lost seven out of their last 10 games. Nick Senzel leads the Vols with a .350 hitting average and team-best 28 walks. Drake Owenby is the Vols' top reliever with a 3.68 ERA and team-leading five saves.

Austin Peay (18-26, 10-11 OVC) took two from OVC rival Eastern Kentucky last weekend. The Govs are led by freshman Alex Robles with a .349 hitting average in 43 games. APSU hosts Western Kentucky in a midweek series before visiting the Raiders in Murfreeesboro on Wednesday.

Fans can watch both games online at GoBlueRaiders.com and listen to Dick Palmer call the action on WMOT 89.5 FM.

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Adkins Amping It Up

Catcher Michael Adkins is in the midst of a season-long 10-game hit streak. The junior leads the Blue Raiders in his last 10 games with a .421 average. He has produced 16 hits, three doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI to lead the MT offense. Adkins has upped his season average to .282 during 40 games played this season.

Miller a Pillar in Blue Raider lineup

Senior 1B Trent Miller has started all 44 games so far this year for the Blue Raiders, making 38 starts at first base and six in right field. Miller has hit third in all 44 games, leading the Blue Raiders in average (.351), slugging (.557), RBI (35), and a Conference-USA best 19 doubles. Miller leads C-USA with 97 total bases and is second in the league with 61 hits.

Tricky Tollison

Reliever Cody Tollison has made it tough for his opponents to hit in the last few outings. Tollison has not given up a run in the last 11.1 innings pitched. This season, Tollison holds a stingy 0.98 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings of relief.

Attaboy Allen

LF Jared Allen leads Conference USA with eight home runs this season. The junior belted the game-winning roundtripper in a 1-0 victory over Old Dominion last week. Allen is second in C-USA with three triples and ranks third with 86 total bases.

The National Stage

Middle Tennessee's Zac Curtis and Trent Miller both are making splashes on the national stage. Curtis ranks second nationally with 98 strikeouts, ninth with four complete games and 12th with 10.71 strikeouts per game. Miller is fourth in the NCAA with 19 doubles and is 10th in the NCAA with 0.43 doubles per game.

Scouting Tennessee

The Volunteers (26-16, 8-13) have lost seven out of their last 10 games. UT lost the weekend series at LSU, picking a lone 6-3 win on Saturday. The Vols have three players hitting over .300 with Nick Senzel leading the team with a .350 average and a team-best 28 walks.

Scouting Austin Peay

Austin Peay (18-26, 10-11) won its weekend series over Eastern Kentucky last weekend in Clarksville. Alex Robles leads the Govs with a .349 average. Cayce Bredlau and Ridge Smith are hitting .319 and .313, respectively. The Govs host Western Kentucky on Tuesday evening before visiting Murfreesboro on Wednesday.

Miller Inking His Name in the Record Books

Senior Trent Miller ranks seventh with 892 career putouts. The Kansas City native is a double away from reaching third held by Blake McDade (62). Miller is eighth with 145 runs-batted-in and 378 total bases.

Steady Stephens

Senior OF Ryan Stephens has started 169 consecutive games in center field for the Blue Raiders, a streak 66 games longer than the next-longest streak of consecutive starts. Stephens is one start away from reaching a tie for second all-time with Johnny Thomas and Chuck Akers. Stephens is fifth among active players in consecutive starts. Senior Trent Miller has made 100 straight starts between left field, right field and first base.

Up Next: UTSA

UTSA (27-17, 12-9 Conference USA) lost its series to Charlotte this past weekend. The Roadrunners close out a five-game homestand with a pair of midweek games against Lamar on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Roadrunners are fifth in C-USA and sit a game up on the Blue Raiders entering this weekend.

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