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Baseball Inks Two on First Day

November 10, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing of Brett Smalley and Myles Ervin to national letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

Both players are from the Chattanooga area, with Ervin playing for former Blue Raider George Oleksik.

Smalley, a 6-3, 200, righthanded pitcher, plays basketball and baseball at Hixson High School, where he compiled an 8-3 record with a 1.04 ERA and 102 strikeouts last season for coach Brian Bray. He was named All-District, All-Region and All-State, as well as the Player of the Year by the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

"Brett has a good body, a good arm and just has to keep improving," Peterson said. "He has great upside and the makings of a good breaking ball. How much he pitches as a freshman will be determined by how well he makes the adjustment to the Division I level next fall."

Ervin plays at Notre Dame High School for Oleksik. The 5-11 shortstop batted .507 with eight doubles and four triples as a junior, stealing 11 bases. Ervin has 50 stolen bases in three seasons and earned All-State accolades last season.

"Myles is a true middle infielder, a guy with all of the tools to play shortstop for us - speed, arm, hands," Peterson said. "He has excellent speed and is a top-of-the-lineup guy, and we think he will be an outstanding middle infielder for us."

Middle Tennessee returns 20 letterwinners from last season's Sun Belt Championship club. The Blue Raiders open the season February 18-20 against Ball State at Reese Smith Field, the first of 31 home games during the 2005 campaign.

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