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Photo by Delaney Dickey / MTSU Sidelines Fresh off their 9-0 win over Belmont, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-16) traveled to Cookeville on Wednesday to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (26-5).  In a one-sided affair, Tennessee Tech easily handed the Raiders one of their worst losses of the year by a final …

Photo by Darius Horton / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders’ (17-15, 5-7) Sunday matinee against the Marshall Thundering Herd (14-13, 4-8) summed up to be a disappointing weekend sweep, as MTSU dropped the series finale by a score of 9-4. After scoring 17 runs in the first two games of the weekend series, …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hosted the No.15 Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday night, in a showdown that pitted two in-state opponents against each other. Though they managed to hold the Commodores in check for most of the night, an eighth-inning grand slam gave Vandy a 7-4 lead. Due …

Photo by Darius Horton / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-11, 4-3) traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs (9-11, 2-5) in a three-game conference series. In a dominating performance, the Blue Raiders scored first in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the game. They outlasted …

Photo by Darius Horton / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were back in action on Saturday, as they took on the Charlotte 49ers in game two of a three-game weekend set. Though it looked bad early for Middle, starting pitcher Carson Lester buckled down after a rough first inning and gave the Blue …

Photo by Darius Horton / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (12-10, 2-2) hosted their Conference USA home opener on Friday, welcoming the Charlotte 49ers (13-8. 3-1) to Reese Smith Jr. Field. In a game that featured two dominant lefties, the 49ers were the ones that mustered the offense needed to win, as the Blue Raiders …