MT closes out non-conference slate at Belmont
First pitch set for 4 p.m. in NashvilleMay 12, 2014 · @MTAthletics
Middle Tennessee (26-25, 14-13 C-USA) at Belmont (22-28-1, 11-15-1 OVC)
E.S. Rose Park (500) - Nashville, Tenn.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 4 p.m.
RHP Jonathan Sisco (1-0, 7.71 ERA) vs. LHP Patrick McGrath (2-8, 5.25 ERA)
Middle Tennessee baseball closes out its non-conference slate with a visit to Belmont on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch for Tuesday's game, originally set for 5 p.m., will be played at 4 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville.
The Blue Raiders (26-25, 14-13 Conference USA) are coming off a strong weekend, taking 2-of-3 from FIU for the school's first league road series victory since 2012. Lefty Zac Curtis tossed the Raiders' first two-hitter in five years in a 7-0 complete game shutout against the Panthers last Friday. Earlier on Monday, Curtis was tabbed the C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week for the third time this year.
Junior shortstop Dustin Delgado is in the midst of a 10-game bases reached streak. Delgado has drawn a walk in his last six games. The Miami native hit .417, posting three RBI and three walk during the return to his hometown. Trent Miller leads C-USA and ranks sixth nationally with 21 doubles. The first baseman is hitting a team-best .342 in 51 games. Slugger Jared Allen still paces C-USA with nine home runs.
The Raiders and Belmont meet for the second time this season. MT blanked the Bruins 4-0 at Reese Smith Jr. Field on April 8. Jared Allen hammered a home run and drove in three, while Kooper Kessler collected the win. MT leads the all-time series 37-12. RHP Jonathan Sisco (1-0, 7.71 ERA) faces Belmont left-handed pitcher Patrick McGrath (2-8, 5.25 ERA) on Tuesday.
The Bruins have won four out of their last five games, including taking two-of-three at Murray State last weekend. Drew Ferguson leads the Belmont offense with a .346 batting average, 42 runs, 62 hits, 14 doubles, 10 homers and 34 RBI.
Admission to Tuesday's contest is free. Fans can listen to Duane Hickey and John Callow describe the action on WMOT 89.5 FM or watch online at GoBlueRaiders.com.
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A JOLT FROM JARREAU
Freshman OF Brad Jarreau has started the last five games in right field for the Blue Raiders, making an immediate impact on the Middle Tennessee lineup. Jarreau has gone 6-for-18 over those five games with five runs scored. In the walk-off win over UTSA May 4, Jarreau drove in the game-tying run in the ninth before scoring on a wild pitch to win the game. He followed that with a three-hit performance at FIU May 9.
MILLER A PILLAR IN BLUE RAIDER LINEUP
Senior 1B Trent Miller has started all 51 games so far this year for the Blue Raiders, making 45 starts at first base and six in right field. Miller has hit third in all 51 games, leading the Blue Raiders in average (.342), slugging (.530), RBI (39), and a Conference-USA best 21 doubles. Miller leads C-USA with 107 total bases and is second in the league with 69 hits.
Junior SS Dustin Delgado has walked in each of Middle Tennessee's last six games, and has reached base multiple times in six of his last seven contests. After not reaching via a free pass in 11 consecutive games from April 8-25, Delgado has walked eight times in his last nine games. Delgado has walked a team-high 30 times this season.
LF Jared Allen leads Conference USA with eight home runs this season. The junior hit a three-run homer in MT's win over FIU on May 10th. Allen is third in C-USA with 97 total bases.
THE NATIONAL STAGE
Middle Tennessee's Zac Curtis and Trent Miller both are making splashes on the national stage. Curtis leads the NCAA with 118 strikeouts, 11th with 10.69 strikeouts per game and seventh with five complete games. Miller is sixth in the NCAA with 21 doubles and is 11th in the NCAA with 0.41 doubles per game.
The Bruins (22-28-1, 11-15-1 OVC) have won four out of their last five games. The Bruins took 2-of-3 at Murray State last weekend. The Bruins have struggled offensively, hitting .245 in 51 games this year. Belmont's pitching staff has strung together a 3.94 ERA. Junior Drew Ferguson leads the Bruins with a .346 average, 34 RBI, 14 doubles and 10 homers. LHP Patrick McGrath (2-8, 5.25 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday. The junior has fanned 50 and walked 15 in 73.2 innings pitched.
MILLER INKING HIS NAME IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Trent Miller ranks sixth with 960 career putouts. The Kansas City native is tied for second with 63 career doubles and two away from tying Nathan Hines for the school record. Miller is eighth with 149 runs-batted-in and 388 total bases.
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