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Baseball Inks Two to Letters-of-Intent

Blue Raiders sign pair of dual position players

November 8, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signings of outfielder/pitcher Michael Adamson and outfielder/pitcher Bryce Brentz to national letters-of-intent on Wednesday, the first signings for the Blue Raiders during the fall period.

Brentz is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound dual position player for coach Robbie Howard at South Doyle High School in Knoxville, Tenn. He has already been named a Preseason All-American for the upcoming season by Baseball Factory and Team One.

Brentz was voted the Most Outstanding Pitcher at Project Exposure this past year. He was second on the squad in doubles and third in RBIs as a junior and is a three-year letterwinner for the Cherokees.

"Bryce is a two-way guy who can hit for power and also has a very good arm," Peterson said. "I really think we'll look at him as a switch-hitter as well.

"He's a throwback to when we had Jeff Parsons, who played centerfield for us but also was a weekend starter. I think Bryce can be that type of guy. We'll see how everything develops, but I think he will be a guy who hits the ball out of the park and in time will work himself into the rotation."

Adamson hails from Freeburg Community High School in Freeburg, Ill., the same high school as associate head coach Jim McGuire. He is a speedy outfielder who is a lefthanded pitcher for coach Fred Blumberg. The 6-foot, 175-pound dual threat is also a star on the basketball team for Freeburg.

Adamson is a .434 career hitter with 110 RBIs and 14 home runs as well as posting a 20-5 mark with 166 strikeouts in 128 innings on the mound. He has been an All-Conference and All-Area selection as an outfielder for three straight seasons and was All-Area as a pitcher as a junior as well. Adamson also garnered Second Team All-Conference honors in basketball as a junior after netting his 1000th career point.

"Michael is another two-way guy and a lefthanded pitcher, but mostly he's just a great athlete," Peterson said. "He's the starting point guard for the basketball team, but everyone says his best game is baseball.

"He's a typical centerfielder with great instincts and he can really go get the ball, and he's also top-of-the-order guy. Strength will be a big factor, getting bigger and stronger. As a pitcher he has three good pitches and will get a good chance to help us on the mound as well."

Middle Tennessee opens the spring schedule with a three-game series at Reese Smith Field, February 16-18, against Jacksonville State.

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