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July 17, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Jordan Alvis, a righthanded pitcher from Birmingham, Ala., is transferring to Middle Tennessee for the 2007 season. Alvis will have three years of eligibility remaining after redshirting a season and pitching during the 2006 campaign at Birmingham Southern College.

Alvis compiled a 1-0 mark in six games, all in relief, for BSC in 2006, working 9.0 innings and striking out eight with just two walks. He struck out four in 2.2 innings on March 15 at Alabama A&M in his longest outing of the year and tossed 2.0 innings versus Radford on May 20, giving up one run with three strikeouts. He also saw action at Southern Miss, at Mississippi State, versus Trevecca and against Troy.

The Vestavia Hills High School product earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in Class 6A from the Birmingham News and garnered All-Area and All-Metro honors as a senior. He posted a 9-0 mark as a senior and a 13-1 record in three years on the mound for VHHS. Alvis is playing this summer with the Southern Ohio Copperheads in Athens, Ohio, alongside future teammates Alex Watson and Jimmy Kelly.

"I really like the coaching staff at Middle Tennessee," Alvis said. "I like the campus and felt very comfortable and thought I could come in and contribute right away."

Head coach Steve Peterson said it was an unfortunate situation for Alvis that led him to transfer. Birmingham Southern announced in May it would be dropping to Division III for the 2008 baseball season and then in late June decided to suspend baseball for 2007 after so many players left the program.

"Because of the unfortunate situation that Jordan was placed in at Birmingham Southern, his aspirations of playing Division I baseball required him to transfer," Peterson said. "He contacted us, we met his needs athletically and academically, and we went to see him pitch.

"He has a good upside and most importantly has three years of eligibility remaining. He has good arm strength and we feel like he can be a solid contributor to our staff. His future is bright; he just needs more experience, but he has good potential."

Alvis joins Matt Ray, a transfer from Central Florida who has one year of eligibility remaining, for the Blue Raiders 2007 squad.

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