Jaggers Named Frosh All-America; Archer Honorable Mention

June 7, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee's baseball recruiting efforts continued to be validated this week as Nate Jaggers was named Freshman All-American and Josh Archer was named Honorable Mention by Collegiate Baseball.

The selections mark the second consecutive year that a Blue Raider freshman has been so honored. LHP John Williams received the award a year ago. Former Blue Raider Brad Howard was the first Middle Tennessee player to earn Freshman All-American honors after his outstanding debut in 1997. The 2002 Freshman All-American selections also mark the fourth straight year that a Blue Raider player has received All-America honors.

"Coach [Jim] McGuire was able to locate players that, first of all, wanted to be here and, second of all, could play at a high enough level to be here," said head coach Steve Peterson. "It is very difficult to excel as a freshman. Even though we thought both of these guys would be good players, they certainly exceeded our expectations. Both Nate and Josh had outstanding years and, obviously, it shows that the could match up with any freshman in the country."

Jaggers, who split time between second and third base this season, posted the fourth-best batting average at .339. The Louisville, Ky., native was third on the ball club with 35 RBIs and fourth with seven homers. Jaggers also posted 12 doubles and two triples on the season.

"I'm very excited about this award," Jaggers said. "I just hope that it helps get our University and our program some recognition. I also hope that it helps get some other good players excited about coming to Middle Tennessee."

Archer, who earned First Team All-Conference honors as a utility player, spent time as the team's catcher, DH, and first baseman this year. His .345 batting average was the third highest on the team. However, it was league games that really saw Archer excel as he led the team against Sun Belt foes with a .358 average.

Archer, who hails from Paris, Tenn., hit nine homers to place second on the team, and drove in 51 runs. His 22 walks ranked second on the squad this season.

"This is a big honor for me and for the program," Archer said. "I wasn't expecting it, but I'm very happy about the recognition that I have gotten this year. I just want to keep working hard because there is a lot that I can improve on for next year."

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