Baseball Inks Two During Early Signing Period

Two Tennessee high school athletes ready to play for Blue Raiders.

November 14, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball program has signed two athletes during the early signing period as announced by head coach Steve Peterson on Wednesday.

Madison, Tenn., native Robert Lawrence, a senior shortstop at Hunter's Lane and Justin Guidry, a left-handed pitcher and position player from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., each inked with the Blue Raiders on Wednesday.

Lawrence is a three-year letterwinner under head coach James "Bubba" Spears at Hunter's Lane. Lawrence was an all-district selection in 12-AAA for the Warriors in 2006 as a junior. On the season, he hit .411 with a pair of homers and 39 RBIs.

"I think we signed a young man who is a good athlete. Traditionally we are looking for a guy who can play the middle of the infield. Then through the course of time, whether he remains a first baseman, second baseman or short stop goes right along with our recruiting of looking for guys that can play anywhere in the middle infield" Peterson said. "He is just a good athlete and a guy that I think has a lot of upside to his talent. He has impressed on me the fact that he wants to get his degree."

Lawrence is also a member of the National Honor Roll and Scholar's Path.

Lawrence was recruited as a middle infielder and could play either shortstop or second base at Middle Tennessee.

Guidry is a multi-sport athlete at Father Ryan High School. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder will pitch and hit for Middle Tennessee. He has been a three-year letterwinner in football and baseball.

In 2007 as a junior, he posted a batting average of .468 and had a 7-1 record on the mound. Guidry was named All-Region D-II East/Middle 2007, All-State D-II Outfielder, The Tennessean All-Midstate First Team Outfielder 2007, 2007 All-Tennessee Baseball Report Two Way Team Pitcher and Outfielder.

"Guidry is to me a young man that we don't know how good he could be. He has been an outstanding football player at Father Ryan. He is an exceptional athlete. I have seen him play first base, centerfield and pitch. He is going to be a big man when he stops growing. I think the last thing that is going to develop for him is going to be power. I think when he starts putting all his time into baseball. I think you will really see a guy who is going to develop into an outstanding baseball player. Now whether he is a pitcher and centerfielder or a pitcher and first baseman we don't know yet" Peterson said.

Guidry is the starting quarterback on the football team at Father Ryan. Guidry's father, Paul Guidry played in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills from 1966-72 and the Houston Oilers in 1973.

"He has definitely shown me the abilities. I have been able to see him play football and he is a great competitor on the field. He is a winner and again he and his family have impressed on me the fact that he wants to get his degree. I am really glad that he has made the decision to be a baseball player and I look forward to the time when I get to start working with him."

Guidry was recruited as a two-way player and he will pitch and play in the field at Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee will begin the 2008 season on Friday, Feb. 22 when it travels to Jacksonville, Ala., to play Jacksonville State University.

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