Peterson Inks Pair of SigneesJune 6, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing the Eric Blevins and Eric McNamee, both Tennessee junior college players, this week, completing the Blue Raiders 2003 signing class. The duo join Farragut High School product Michael McHenry in the signing class.
Blevins, a righthanded pitcher who posted a 10-3 mark in 2003 for Walters State Community College, helped the Senators to a third-place finish in the recently completed NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Blevins had a 2.59 ERA this season with 78 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 97.1 innings pitched. The Sullivan East High School product also had 11 wins as a freshman and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school.
"I followed Eric since high school and saw him pitch in high school," Peterson said. "I felt he made a great decision of going to Walters State. He was interested in coming here then, but I thought junior college was a great option.
"Eric has a great understanding of how to pitch. I'm glad it has worked out because he has the ability to pitch here and be successful in this league, and he wants to be here, so that makes it that much better."
McNamee has played the last two seasons at Columbia State Community College, posting a .375 batting average and .960 fielding percentage in earning Western Conference Player of the Year honors as a freshman in 2002. The Father Ryan High School product batted .350 this season and was among the league leaders in several offensive categories.
McNamee batted over .400 as a three-year starter at Father Ryan before moving on to play for coach Jim Painter the past two seasons at Columbia State. He will join former teammate Shane Kemp as a Blue Raider. Kemp started 50 games for Middle Tennessee this past season.
"Eric is a good solid player who I have watched since high school," Peterson said. "He has improved throughout his junior college career and done everything he needs to do to contribute at the Division One level.
"Eric can play either middle infield position. He also has the arm strength to play third base and is athletic enough to play the outfield. He is a top-of-the-order guy who should steal some bases. He is a good addition to our ball club because he plays hard and that was very important for me to see. He has continued to play hard through high school and junior college."
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