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Middle Tennessee baseball and head coach Jim McGuire revealed the 2017 schedule on Tuesday which featured some familiar foes and notable names. The team is coming off a disappointing year where they finished 20-35, 5-24 C-USA and were unable to make it to the C-USA Tournament.
But with a now seasoned roster, this year’s MTSU team will look to shake things up in a conference that was ranked the third-toughest in baseball behind the ACC and SEC in 2016. MTSU will get their chance to do just that as they open conference play on March 9 in Boca Raton against the reigning C-USA regular season champ, Florida Atlantic.
For the tenth year in a row, MTSU will renew their home/away series with in-state clubs Tennessee and Vanderbilt. MTSU was swept by Tennessee last season, but was able to come back from a four-run deficit and get a win against No. 5 Vanderbilt at home, 7-4.
Including Vandy and FAU, the Blue Raiders will play against five 2016 NCAA Tournament teams this season. The three other opponents are C-USA schools Rice, La Tech, and Southern Miss. All in all, these tournament teams make up 14 games, or 25 percent, of MTSU’s 56-game regular season schedule.
Here is a glance at MTSU’s complete 2017 baseball schedule:
|Opponent||When||Where||2016 Record||2016 vs. Raiders|
|Georgia Southern||2/17 – 2/19||Statesboro, GA||36-24||DNP|
|Kennesaw State||3/3 – 3/5||Murfreesboro||29-27||1-2|
|Memphis||3/7 – 3/8||Memphis, Jackson||22-39||0-2|
|Indiana||3/10 – 3/12||Bloomington, IN||32-24||1-2|
|Florida Atlantic||3/17 – 3/19||Boca Raton, FL||39-19||2-1|
|Western Kentucky||3/24 – 3/26||Murfreesboro||24-30||3-0|
|Marshall||3/31 – 4/2||Huntington, WV||34-21||3-0|
|Old Dominion||4/7 – 4/9||Murfreesboro||32-24||2-1|
|UAB||4/13 – 4/15||Murfreesboro||21-34||3-0|
|Charlotte||4/21 – 4/23||Charlotte, NC||23-32||1-2|
|Southern Miss||4/28 – 4/30||Murfreesboro||41-20||3-0|
|UTSA||5/5 – 5/7||San Antonio, TX||17-34||2-0|
|Rice||5/12 – 5/14||Houston, TX||38-24||2-1|
|La Tech||5/18 – 5/20||Murfreesboro||42-20||3-0|
|C-USA Tournament||5/24 – 5/28||Biloxi, MS|
|NCAA Regionals||6/2 – 6/4||TBD|
|NCAA Super Regionals||6/9 – 6/11||TBD|
|NCAA College World Series||6/17 – 6/28||Omaha, NE|
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