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Squad hosts Florida Atlantic this weekend at Reese Smith Field

May 2, 2007 · MT Media Relations
THIRD VANDERBILT GAME CANCELLED: Middle Tennessee's midweek game against Vanderbilt scheduled for May 8th has been cancelled. The contest was an extra game on the Commodores schedule in case of a rainout during the season. Vanderbilt is expected to reach its 56-game regular season maximum, so the contest has been mutually cancelled. It would have been the 56th game for the Blue Raiders.

GAME TIMES FOR THIS WEEKEND: Middle Tennessee's Saturday baseball game this weekend starts at 3 p.m. and is part of the Sun Belt Television package. The game will be shown live on CSS Cable Channel 27 in Murfreesboro. Also, Sunday's game time has been pushed up to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the Florida Atlantic baseball team's flight. Saturday is Family Day at the ballpark and Sunday is Little League Day and Autograph Day. All little leaguers who come before the game will take part in a parade around the infield. All players must report to the field at Noon to be part of the parade. Also, players will be signing autographs after the contest as well behind the first base bleachers.

RAIDERS IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS: Five former Middle Tennessee players have started their seasons in the professional ranks, all in the minor leagues. Catcher Michael McKenry, a seventh round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies last season, began the year with Asheville (NC) Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League. Brett Carroll started his year with the Carolina (NC) Mudcats (Florida Marlins) in the Class AA Southern League, while Chris Mobley is playing for the Jupiter (FL) Hammerheads (Florida Marlins) in the Class A Florida State League. Jeremy Owens, entering his 10th professional season, started the season with the Durham (NC) Bulls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) in the International League, and Dewon Brazelton began the year with the Omaha Royals (Kansas City Royals) in the Pacific Coast League. Todd Martin (Cleveland Indians) was hurt during spring training and is in extended spring with the Indians in Winter Haven, Fla. Three other former Blue Raiders will begin their professional seasons in the coming weeks in independent leagues - Josh Renick with the St. Paul (MN) Saints in the American Association, Eric McNamee with the Gary (IN) Southshore Railcats in the Northern League and the Josh Horn with the Windy City (IL) ThunderBolts in the Frontier League.

IN THE SUN BELT: The Blue Raiders head into this weekend's series with Florida Atlantic tied for fourth place in the Sun Belt with New Orleans at 12-9 in league play. Middle Tennessee has one more loss than Troy (13-8) and the same number of defeats as Louisiana-Monroe (14-9). Western Kentucky (11-10) and Florida International (10-10), the Blue Raiders final two conference opponents, are right behind in sixth and seventh place in the SBC, while Florida Atlantic (10-14) enters the weekend eighth in the Sun Belt and clinging to the final spot for the conference tournament. If the tournament began today, Arkansas State (9-15), South Alabama (7-13) and Arkansas-Little Rock (5-15) would all be left out. Louisiana-Lafayette (15-6) has a two-game lead on Troy for the regular season championship and won 2-of-3 from the Trojans in Troy three weeks ago.

SUN BELT STATISTICS: Seniors Wayne Kendrick, Matt Ray and Brett Reilley and sophomore Rawley Bishop all rank in the Top 5 in the Sun Belt in individual statistics. As a team Middle Tennessee ranks fifth in the league in hitting (.300), eighth in pitching (5.73) and third in fielding (.965). Kendrick ranks fifth in the Sun Belt in hitting (.389) and also is tied for third in hits (72) and third in doubles (17). Bishop is tied for third in home runs as well (13). Ray ranks fourth in the league in stolen bases with 16. Reilley ranks second in the conference in pitching with a 2.08 ERA in 47.2 innings, posting a 4-1 record and five saves. In conference games only, Ray is third in the conference in doubles (9) and tied for third in stolen bases (7) and fourth in batting (.412), while Reilley leads the league with a 1.55 ERA in 29.0 innings of work with a 2-1 mark and three saves.

NATIONAL STATISTICS: Seniors Wayne Kendrick, Adam Warren and Brett Reilley and sophomore Rawley Bishop all rank in the NCAA National Statistics this week for individuals. As a team Middle Tennessee ranks 37th nationally in home runs per game (0.96) and 63rd in double plays per game (0.91). The Blue Raiders have 43 home runs as a team and have turned 41 double plays this season. Individually, Kendrick ranks 97th in the country in batting average (.389) and is also 74th in doubles per game (17, 0.38) and 34th in toughest-to-strikeout (12, 15.4). Bishop is 28th nationally in home runs per game (0.3), 22nd in home runs (13), 70th in RBIs per game (1.07) and 84th in slugging percentage (.635). Warren ranks 88th in the nation in toughest-to-strikeout (13, 12.8). Reilley is 34th in the country in earned-run-average (2.08) and 95th in saves (5).

CHUCK TAYLOR GOLF TOURNAMENT SET: Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson has announced the annual Chuck Taylor Golf Tournament will be played at Indian Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, June 5, 2006. The event will be a four-person scramble with prizes awarded for first through fifth place. Prizes will also be given for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive. A hole-in-one on any par 3 on the course will be awarded prizes as well. Each entry into the tournament will receive a barbecue lunch, a goody bag, free beverages on the course, a red tee and mulligan, and a chance for a big money prize for an ace on hole number seven. The entry fee is $115 per player. The tournament committee is also seeking hole sponsors for $100 each. Registration for the tournament is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m. For further information please contact Pam Humphrey at Stones River Nissan at 615/893-0252. Entries may be mailed to: Blue Raider Baseball, MTSU Box 90, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. When sending in an entry, please include the names and addresses of each player in the foursome along with your entry fee. Entry forms can be found on the baseball page at GoBlueRaiders.com.

TEAM CAMP DATES SET: The Blue Raider baseball program will host its third annual Team Camp, July 9-12, at Reese Smith Field. The camp includes five games plus instruction, as well as a pro-style workout with area scouts on the first evening. Team coaches and players receive instruction each afternoon of the session from Middle Tennessee coaches, current and former players, as well as area high school and college coaches and scouts. Registration forms may be found at GoBlueRaiders.com on the baseball age or by calling Associate Head Coach Jim McGuire at 615/898-2961.

OTHER SUMMER CAMP DATES: Three other summer baseball camps will be held in June, starting the 10th and running until the 21st of the month. The Pitcher-Catcher Camp runs June 10-12 and the Hitting Camp is June 12-14, with both camps for ages 13-2006 High School senior. The Day Camp for ages 7-12 ONLY is June 18-21. For information on these camps please call the main athletic department number at 615/898-2450 or you may access a camp brochure on the baseball page at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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