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Middle Tennessee Notebook

August 9, 2004 · MT Media Relations
BLUE RAIDERS ADD ANOTHER BASEBALL SIGNEE: Middle Tennessee baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing of Kyler Wetherington to scholarship papers this week for the 2005 season, the seventh signee in this year's recruiting class.

Wetherington played for three seasons at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., serving mostly out of the bullpen. The 6-foot, 6-inch righthander tossed 52.0 innings in 32 career outings with two starts and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

"We lost four pitchers from last year's team and with Kyler's experience, we look for him to step in and add stability and depth to our staff," Peterson said. "He had a good summer playing with [current Blue Raider] Chase Eakes and we are happy to add him to our club for next season."

Wetherington posted a 5-0 mark this summer for the Chillicothe Mudcats in the MINK League in Missouri. The Gallatin High School product struck out 32 in 35 innings of work with a 3.09 ERA and just six walks.

Wetherington joins six others in the recruiting class, including: Doug Birkofer and Nathan Hines (Oakland HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Alex Watson (Riverdale HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Rawley Bishop (Germantown Houston HS, Germantown, Tenn.); Ryan Moore (The McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn.); and Todd Martin (Univ. of Tennessee, Cookeville, Tenn.).

ATTENDANCE RECORDS SET FOR BASEBALL: The Blue Raider baseball program set a pair of attendance records in 2004, smashing the old marks for a single game and single season.

A single-game record 3,020 fans filed into Reese Smith Field in April to watch the Blue Raiders take on Vanderbilt, breaking the mark set during the 2001 season. Also, 30,319 total fans watched 28 home dates during 2004, an average of 1,082 per contest. The NCAA will release total attendance marks for every school in the nation in October.

TENNIS PRO-AM DATES SET: The Middle Tennessee Tennis teams will be hosting its 18th annual Pro-Am Tennis Classic, September 10-11 at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center on the Middle Tennessee campus.

There will be men's and women's divisions with a doubles round robin format. All amateurs will be teamed with a current or former Middle Tennessee tennis team member or an area teaching pro. Plans are to have numerous prizes including trips and other fine gifts.

There will be a dinner party, tennis clinic and exhibition featuring current and former tennis greats on Friday, September 10. The doubles round robins will take place followed by a lunch and award ceremony on Saturday, September 11.

This event is the only fundraiser for the Middle Tennessee tennis program. Anyone interested in participating as a player or sponsor should contact coach Dale Short at 615/898-2957. Those who cannot participate may still donate. A minimum donation of $100 to the tennis program receives an official Middle Tennessee Tennis Hat and t-shirt along with BRAA membership credit. Please make checks payable to Middle Tennessee Tennis. Please mail donations to: MTSU, Attn. Coach Short, Box 465, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

VOLLEYBALL REPORTS TO CAMP: Middle Tennessee volleyball reports this week for fall camp. Middle Tennessee has nine letterwinners returning and seven newcomers. The team will be under the direction of first-year head coach Matt Peck and assistants Jeff Motluck and Jennie Cook.

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