Softball Hosts Alumni Game Saturday

Approximately 20 former players coming back

October 6, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee softball will host the inaugural Blue Raider Alumni Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Alumni members will face off against current players in a seven inning contest.

Approximately 20 alumni, dating back to teams from 1997, will be in attendance. Eleven of the alumni were members of the only Middle Tennessee club to win a conference tournament title. The Blue Raiders won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in 2000 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first and only time in school history.

Two of the programs most heralded pitchers in school history will be on hand for the event.

Jennifer Martinez, who played for the Blue Raiders from 1999-2002, holds every career pitching record at Middle Tennessee. In 2002 she tossed for first perfect game in Sun Belt Tournament history to help the Blue Raiders defeat Florida International, 1-0, in the semi-finals of the tournament. She was also the first player in OVC history to be named Pitcher of the Year in consecutive season. For her stellar performances, Martinez was named to the Sun Belt's 30th Anniversary All-Time team last year.

Stayc Preator, who was on the mound for Middle Tennessee from 2000-03, ranks second in every career pitching category for the Blue Raiders. She pitched in the finals of the OVC Championship game, as a freshman, helping the Blue Raiders defeat Southeast Missouri 3-1 and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Preator also got national attention as a senior, tossing 59.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run in 2003, which just missed making its way into the NCAA record books.

Middle Tennessee also welcomes back its career homerun leader in Laura Brockman who played from 1999-2002. Steffi Sliva, who was a shortstop for Middle Tennessee from 1999-2002 ranks third in the Blue Raider record books for suns scored in a career with 96.

In total, Middle Tennessee welcomes back six first team all-conference members, nine second team all-conference selections, a two-time Pitcher of the Year, a Freshman of the Year, five Conference All-Tournament selections, two Honorable Mention Academic All-Americans and 13 NFCA All-Academic selections.

Middle Tennessee softball closes out its fall season on Sunday in a tournament at Lipscomb University. The Blue Raiders will play host Lipscomb at 1:45 p.m. and Tennessee State at 4:45 p.m.

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