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This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

October 4, 2006 · MT Media Relations
BLUE-WHITE GAME TIMES SET: The annual Blue-White World Series is set for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week for Middle Tennessee, ending the four week fall team practice session. The intrasquad contests will take place Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Reese Smith Field. All games are open to the public. The Blue Raiders returns 25 letterwinners to the squad, including 12 pitchers from last season's club. Sophomores Chad Edwards and Brett Smalley will be the starting pitchers on Thursday, with seniors Matt Scott and Nick Marrs drawing starting nods on Saturday. Fans can follow Live Stats for all three contests at GoBlueRaiders.com.

RENICK HEADED TO JAPAN WITH INDEPENDENT TEAM: Former Middle Tennessee All-American Josh Renick will play five games in the next 10 days with his independent league team, the St. Paul (MN) Saints, on a tour of Japan. It is believed to be the first time a United States-based minor league baseball team will play games in Japan.

"It should be a great baseball experience and a great cultural experience," said St. Paul manager George Tsamis. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The team's entire coaching staff, clubhouse manager Brock Simon and a group of 19 players are expected to make the trip that runs from October 3-13. In addition to the players and staff, others accompanying the team are: Derek Sharrer, Saints' Vice President/General Manager; Tom Whaley, Vice President/Business Development and Seigo Masubuchi , the club's Director for International Development. Tyler Tumminia, Public Relations Director for the Goldklang Group, will serve as the media contact for the trip. Mudonna, the team's two-legged mascot, and Andy Crowley, the team's organist, are also accompanying the team to Japan.

After arriving in Miyazaki City on October 4, the team will head to Kobayashi City to work out for two days. The first game is set for Saturday, October 7, against the Miyazaki Golden Golds, a team owned and managed by Kinichi Hagimoto, a renowned entertainer and comedian. Known as "Kinchan," Hagimoto is a household name whose team regularly plays to sold-out crowds. The next day sees St. Paul travel to Saga to face the Saga Spirit.

ST. PAUL SAINTS' SCHEDULE IN JAPAN October 4 Arrive in Miyazaki City October 5-6 Work in Kobayashi City October 7 Game vs. Miyazaki Golden Golds in Kobayashi October 8 Game vs. Saga Spirit in Saga October 9 Game vs. Fukuoka Blossom in Nagasaki October 10 Stay in Nagasaki to part in baseball and cultural activities October 11-12 Games vs. Shikoku Island League All-Stars in Tokushima October 13 Return to United States

The club will then play games on October 11-12 at Kuramoto Stadium in Tokushima on the island on Shikoku against an all-star team from the Shikoku Island League. The independent league recently completed its second season.

The trip was organized by Tetsuro Jitozono, a Nagasaki entrepreneur, and American businessman Guy Healy, whose firm has operated exchange programs between the two countries for more than two decades.

GRAND SLAM FISH FRY DATE SET: Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson has announced the annual Grand Slam Fish Fry fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee campus and will feature catfish and Cajun gumbo for adults and hot dogs for kids. Russ & Becky Jeffers Country Band, as well as "Big Hoss Cartwright," will be on hand for the evening's entertainment. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children six and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at the Middle Tennessee Ticket Office located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium. Tickets are also available at Vick's Lawn & Tractor in Murfreesboro (Robert Rose Drive), Crosslin Supply in Smyrna and Wheeler's Market on Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro. Patrons wishing to pay by mail can make checks payable to Middle Tennessee Baseball Fish Fry and can send their payment to Steve Peterson, MTSU Box 90, Murfreesboro, TN, 37132. For more information, please call 615/898-2984 or 615/898-2450. Proceeds from the Grand Slam Fish Fry benefit the Blue Raider baseball program.

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