This Week in Blue Raider Athletics

July 10, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
MARTIN INKS WITH INDEPENDENT LEAGUE: The Gary SouthShore RailCats Professional Baseball Club announced last week the signing of former Blue Raider All-American Todd Martin to a free agent contract. Martin completed his Middle Tennessee career a month ago. With the Railcats, he will be reunited with former teammate Eric McNamee as well as former Blue Raider assistant coach Andy Haines. As a senior Martin batted .377 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs in 51 games, earning Second Team All-South Central Region honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. In 2005, Martin earned Third Team All-America honors and was a First Team All-Region selection after leading the Sun Belt Conference in batting average at .412, finishing 15th in the nation, while belting eight home runs and driving in 31 runs. He was the first Middle Tennessee All-American since 2001. The Cookeville, Tenn., native spent two seasons at the University of Tennessee before finishing his career as a Blue Raider.

NIEMEYER WINS ONCE AT WIMBLEDON: Former Middle Tennessee All-American Fred Niemeyer reached the second round in doubles at the Wimbledon Championships before falling in four sets. Niemeyer and American Glenn Wiener defeated India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Germany's Alexander Waske, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (7), in the first round. Niemeyer-Wiener dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 2-6, decision to Australia's Ashley Fisher and American Bobby Fisher, a former Vanderbilt player, in the second round. Niemeyer has played in The Championships three times in his career, once in singles and twice in doubles, reaching the second round on all three occasions.

TRACK INKS SIX MORE FOR 2007 SEASON: Head coach Dean Hayes announced the signing of six athletes to scholarship papers this week, including three distance runners from Uganda and twin jumpers from the Cayman Islands. Sangau Zamzam, Godfrey Kabaalu and Andrew Pollando will all join the distance corps for the Blue Raider this season, while Tanesha Hill, a sprinter from Germantown, Md., and McKendree College will also join the squad. Hill was hurt during the indoor season last year and will have three indoor and four outdoor seasons of eligibility remaining. Carlos and Carl Morgan from the Cayman Islands will also be transferring to Middle Tennessee after attending Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. The brothers have jumped 24-11 and 24-7 in the long jump and one recorded a mark of 206 feet in the javelin. The six join signees Brittany Cox from Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tenn., and Melyn Thompson from Girls Prepatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the upcoming school year.

FORMER BLUE RAIDER MANAGES IN ALL-STAR GAME: Former Blue Raider baseball player and current manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts Jayhawk Owens was one of the coaches for the 2006 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game yesterday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. Owens was one of six coaches on head coach Gary Carter's U.S. squad. The U.S. squad defeated the World, 8-5, in the contest. For more information go to minorleaguebaseball.com or mlb.com.

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