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Baseball Ends Season in Final NCAA Statistics

Jeff Beachum, Todd Martin and Michael McKenry all rank in the NCAA's individual categories

July 27, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The NCAA released its final baseball stats for the 2006 season last week, with Middle Tennessee ranking in the Top 30 nationally in five categories as a team and senior Jeff Beachum, senior Todd Martin and junior Michael McKenry all finishing in the Top 100 individually in seven listings.

As a team the Blue Raiders finished the year ranked 12th in the country in slugging percentage (.497), 14th in home runs per game (1.2), 21st in batting average (.321), 24th in scoring (7.6) and 29th in doubles per game (2.15). Middle Tennessee was also 43rd in the nation in triples per game (.33).

Individually, Beachum was 34th in the country in batting average (.395), 15th in toughest-to-strikeout (17.7) and 43rd in runs per game (1.13). Martin ranked 83rd in batting (.377), 30th in home runs per game (.29), 37th in RBIs per game (1.18), 29th in slugging (.678) and 72nd in walks (.69). McKenry ended the year 43rd in batting (.390), 20th in RBIs (1.24), 32nd in slugging (.676) and 66th in walks (.69).

The 2006 squad set the school record for hits in a season (643), RBIs (392) and total bases (995), as well as ranking second in school history in runs (419) and slugging percentage (.497). In the past three seasons Middle Tennessee has set nine of the 14 team single-season offensive records and came within two points this season of a new team batting average (.321 in 2006).

Middle Tennessee will begin its four-week fall team practices on September 11 and conclude October 8 at Reese Smith Field.

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