MT Baseball Signs Chase EakesApril 10, 2002 · MT Media Relations
"Chase is a good athlete and a proven winner in both baseball and football," said Blue Raider Head Coach Steve Peterson. "He has been an infielder for most of his career, but we are going to give him opportunities to play in the outfield when he gets here and get his bat in the lineup."
Eakes has made quite a reputation for himself as a hitter. As a junior, he batted .391 and led the team with 39 runs scored, seven homers, and 43 RBIs, a tally that is good enough for second-best in school history. His offensive numbers have him on pace to break every offensive record in Goodpasture history.
He has also had success during summer baseball. Playing for Nashville Shoetiques last summer, Eakes hit .418 with 19 doubles, 12 homers, and 53 RBIs while slugging .791. During the prior summer while playing with the Mickey Mantle World Series-winning Twitty City team, he set a World Series record with an on-base percentage of .900.
After the 1999 baseball campaign, he was named the Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association hitter of the year.
Eakes is also an outstanding football player. He was the MVP for Goodpasture's Clinic Bowl Championship team in 1999 and was named MVP of the Blue Cross Bowl after the 2001 championship. He was a finalist for Mr. Football in 2001.
Peterson said that having Eakes, who chose Middle Tennessee over Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Alabama, on campus as a Blue Raider will be a special thing for both him and his latest addition.
"I am very proud to have him with us. Chase is a young man that I have known since he was a little kid coming to our camps. It is neat to get someone that is getting a chance to play somewhere that he really wanted to go. His parents are both Middle Tennessee graduates and have been big supporters of the University since they left. It just made sense for Chase to come here."
Eakes becomes the fifth signee for the Blue Raiders for the 2003 season. The four following players signed during the fall period:
Jeff Beachum, shortstop, Cordova, TN (Cordova HS)
Shay Horseman, LHP, Clinton, TN (Anderson Co. HS)
Matt Scott, RHP, Lavergne, TN (Lavergne HS)
Marcus Taylor, OF, Lexington, KY (Henry Clay HS)
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