MTSU at Troy preview

Published 1:24 pm Friday, March 29, 2013

Overview: Middle Tennessee State (16-11, 3-3 Sun Belt) makes its final trip to Troy (16-7, 3-3) as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders will join Conference USA in July. Troy holds the series advantage over MTSU, 24-19, including a 14-10 mark at Riddle-Pace Field. The Trojans enter the series after earning a series win over ULM then defeating Auburn on Tuesday. MTSU swept ULL last weekend then split with Memphis in a midweek road trip.

Friday – 6pm
Saturday – 6pm
Sunday – 1pm

What to Watch: The first game of the series is always crucial but even more so as the Troy-MTSU series is usually a dogfight. Troy’s offense struggled in Game 1 versus ULM and needs a strong start this weekend. Seven of Troy’s starting nine batters are hitting over .300. Danny Collins (.412) and Tyler Vaughn (.411) lead the way as the Trojans lead the SBC in average (.317) and extra-base hits per game (3.5). MTSU is no pushover at the plate either. The Blue Raiders lead the conference in doubles with 57.

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Probable Pitchers:
MTSU at Troy
Hunter Adkins (4-3, 3.42) vs. Tanner Hicks (3-1, 4.36)
Johnathan Frebis (3-2, 3.41) vs. Will Starling (3-2, 6.31)
Zac Curtis (4-2, 5.34) vs. Shane McCain (4-0, 3.38)