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Baseball Concludes Fall with Blue-Gray World Series

October 6, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team will hold its annual Blue-Gray World Series this weekend as the defending Sun Belt champions conclude fall practice.

The Blue-Gray World Series will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday at Reese Smith Field. The two weekday games begin at 2:30 p.m., while first pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee coach Steve Peterson said the team has progressed through the fall and the World Series is always an intense finish to the off-season play.

"As far as clubhouse pride, bragging rights, whatever goes on in the dorm and stuff like that, both teams want to win," Peterson said. "Players coming from high school or junior college programs have to realize there is a sense of intensity every time we are on the field, whether it's practice, intrasqaud, whatever. Players are being evaluated every day. We are coming out of the fall with a very good idea of how we are playing and what we are going to do, then it's a matter of those players holding their position or someone else taking it from them."

Although every attempt is made to split the teams evenly, Peterson said that's not always the case. Sometimes situations dictate where players end up.

"First, I get to do whatever I want because I am the commissioner," Peterson said. "We split the pitching staff as even as possible, at least what I feel is as even as possible. With position players, sometimes I may want to keep players together to see different combinations, whether that's in the outfield or the infield. From what I've seen in the fall, it should be a competitive series."

Peterson said the Blue Raider pitching staff is slim, but he's been pleased with several individuals in the mix, including sophomore lefty Josh Anderson, a former Eagleville High School standout.

"Pitching-wise, I know we are thin, so each individual I keep is going to have to contribute in some way," Peterson said. "We have several guys who are going to have to step up and make improvements. I am a pitching and defense guy. We have an opportunity to have a good defensive club, if not better than what we had last year."

The annual Grand Slam Fish Fry fundraiser will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the conclusion of fall practice. The event will be held in the Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee campus and will feature catfish and Cajun gumbo for adults and hot dogs for children. Russ & Becky Jeffers Country Band, as well as "Big Hoss Cartwright," will be on hand for the evening's entertainment.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under six are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Middle Tennessee Ticket Office, located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium, Vick's Outdoor Power in Murfreesboro, and Crosslin Supply in Smyrna.

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