Blue Raider baseball releases 2017 schedule

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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
Lipscomb 2/21, 3/21 Nashville  31-27  1-1
Northwestern 2/24 Murfreesboro  15-39  DNP
Bowling Green 2/25 Murfreesboro  17-37  DNP
Missouri State 2/26 Murfreesboro  38-21  DNP
Austin Peay 2/28 Clarksville  30-23  0-2
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
Tennessee 3/14 Murfreesboro  29-28  2-1
Florida Atlantic 3/17 – 3/19 Boca Raton, FL  39-19  2-1
Lipscomb 3/21 Murfreesboro  31-27  1-1
Western Kentucky 3/24 – 3/26 Murfreesboro  24-30  3-0
Belmont 3/28 Nashville  33-27  1-1
Austin Peay 3/29 Murfreesboro  30-23  0-2
Marshall 3/31 – 4/2 Huntington, WV  34-21  3-0
Tennessee 4/4 Knoxville  29-28  2-1
Old Dominion 4/7 – 4/9 Murfreesboro  32-24  2-1
Belmont 4/11 Murfreesboro  33-27  1-1
UAB 4/13 – 4/15 Murfreesboro  21-34  3-0
Vanderbilt 4/18 Murfreesboro  43-19  1-1
Charlotte 4/21 – 4/23 Charlotte, NC  23-32  1-2
Tennessee Tech 4/25 Cookeville  31-24  1-1
Southern Miss 4/28 – 4/30  Murfreesboro  41-20  3-0
UTSA 5/5 – 5/7 San Antonio, TX  17-34  2-0
Tennessee Tech 5/9 Murfreesboro  31-24  1-1
Rice 5/12 – 5/14 Houston, TX  38-24  2-1
Vanderbilt 5/16 Nashville  43-19  1-1
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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