Gray Defeats Blue 2-1 to End Fall Practice

October 8, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Gray squad, led by freshman Jeff Beachum, won the annual Blue-Gray World Series two games to one over the weekend, ending fall practice for Middle Tennessee.

Beachum went 6-for-16 with four runs scored, two doubles, a triple and a home run in the three-games, as the Gray won 11-3 Thursday and 11-7 Saturday before the Blue salvaged the final game of the series, 13-3, Sunday.

Beachum had three hits, while sophomore Brett Carroll added two hits, including a solo home run, in Thursday's opening game. Transfer Shane Kemp and freshman Robert Toline also added a pair of hits, with Toline scoring three times and Kemp pounding out a pair of doubles.

Freshman Shay Horseman got the start for the winners, throwing four innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Another true freshman, LaVergne's Matt Scott, got the victory, tossing three innings and giving up one earned run on four hits with four punchouts.

Beachum and Kemp both had a pair of hits, with Kemp belting a pair of homers and Beachum adding a home run and a triple, in Saturday's 13-3 victory. David Martin went 3-for-4 in the game with a pair of doubles, and Jarrett England added two runs scored.

Gray starter Steve Kline picked up the win with five strong innings, allowing two earning runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Nick Jones tossed two scoreless innings to finish up the win.

Freshman Marcus Taylor was 4-for-5 with four runs scored, two doubles and a triple for the Blue in Sunday's win, while Oakland High School product Brad Todd added three hits, including a double, and Josh Archer and Jerry Knox each went 1-for-4. Knox scored three times and Archer twice in the 13-3 Blue victory.

Travis Horschel started and threw four innings for the victors, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Tyler Copeland picked up the win with three solid innings, giving up one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Noah Thompson and Brett Dowdy each threw a scoreless inning to end the contest.

For the series, Kemp was 4-for-15 with two doubles and two home runs for the Gray, while Carroll and England each added three hits. Chuck Akers led the Blue squad, going 6-for-15 with two runs scored in the series, while Todd was 6-for-10 with two doubles and Taylor had four hits in nine at-bats. Nate Jaggers and Chad Cooper both had three hits, and Archer had two hits and scored four runs.

The Blue Raiders open the 2003 campaign with a three-game set at Reese Smith Field versus Jacksonville State on February 21-23.

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