This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

January 19, 2005 · MT Media Relations
BLUE RAIDERS BEGIN WORKOUTS MONDAY: The 2005 edition of the Middle Tennessee baseball team will begin full-squad workouts on Monday, January 24, in preparation for the season-opener, February 18, against Ball State at Reese Smith Field. Head coach Steve Peterson will have 38 players on the field Monday after losing a pair of veterans at the semester because of academics. Senior Steve Kline and junior Robert Toline were both ruled academically ineligible after the fall semester and will not be part of this year's team. Middle Tennessee returns 20 letterwinners from last year's conference championship club. The 2005 squad will be looking to advance to a third straight NCAA regional, something never before accomplished at Middle Tennessee.

NEW SCOREBOARD ADDED: Reese Smith Field has undergone the first of several changes for the upcoming season with a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The addition includes a message center and clock as well as inning-by-inning scoring. The stadium is also scheduled for a new pressbox before the start of the season. Work will continue on the scoreboard to have it up and ready for the season-opener on February 18.

BASEBALL SEASON TICKETS CONTINUE SALES: Season ticket sales and renewals for the 2005 Middle Tennessee baseball season are continuing at the ticket office on campus, with the deadline for renewals little more than two weeks away. The Blue Raiders play 31 contests at Reese Smith Field in 2005, beginning with a three-game series against Ball State, February 18-20. All chairback season tickets are accounted for at this time. Fans may purchase family bleacher passes for $60 and single bleacher passes for $45. Middle Tennessee sold more than 600 season tickets last year and want to push the number to 1,000 this season. Renewal forms for season ticket holders were mailed before Christmas. Deadline for renewals is Friday, February 4. For season ticket information, please contact the Middle Tennessee ticket office at 615/898-2103 or 1-888-YES-MTSU.

SHOW-ME CAMP SET FOR FEBRUARY 13: Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson and the Blue Raider baseball team will hold the annual Show-Me baseball camp on Sunday, February 13, at Reese Smith Field. Also scheduled to appear at the camp will be former Blue Raiders and current professional baseball players Jason Maxwell (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Bryan Peck (Colorado Rockies), Adam Larson (Chicago White Sox), Chad Cooper (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Jerry Knox (Shreveport Sports), Brett Carroll (Florida Marlins), Chris Mobley (Florida Marlins), Jeremy Owens (Boston Red Sox) and John Williams (Minnesota Twins). All of these players will be available if schedules permit. The camp runs from 1-5 p.m. and will include instructional sessions on hitting, pitching, infield play, outfield play and baserunning. Campers between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to attend. Campers should bring their own gloves and be ready to participate in drills and instruction as well as be prepared to listen and learn. The cost to attend the camp is $70 for pre-registered participants and $80 for campers signing up on the day of the camp. The camp registration includes insurance and a camp T-shirt. Parents may attend free with a paid camper. Camp registration will be held between noon and 1 p.m. in the lower level of Murphy Center. Pre-registration materials may be obtained by contacting Coach Peterson at MTSU Box 90, Murfreesboro, TN 37132; by calling 615/898-2450 or 2961; or by downloading the brochure on the baseball page at goblueraiders.com.

GROUNDHOG DAY LUNCHEON SET: The annual Groundhog Day luncheon has been set for Wednesday, February 2, at 11:30 a.m., in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on the Middle Tennessee campus. The event is sponsored by the Blue Raider baseball team and the BRAA and is a kickoff for the upcoming season. "This luncheon is a great way to begin getting the fans excited about the season," said head coach Steve Peterson. "We have such great baseball fans at Middle Tennessee and it's good to see the numbers keep increasing each year." The meal includes ham hocks, white beans, tomato salad, green onions, corn bread, chocolate cake and ice cream. All tickets bought in advance are $10, and all tickets purchased the day of the event are $15. Reservations may be made for the Groundhog Day Luncheon by calling 615/898-2210. The last day to reserve a seat at the luncheon is Wednesday, January 26.

BLUE RAIDER NETWORK SET TO BROADCAST RECORD 48 REGULAR SEASON GAMES: The Blue Raider Network announced that a record number of Middle Tennessee baseball games would be broadcast in 2005. A total of 48 regular season contests, along with all postseason action, will air on WMTS 88.3 FM beginning with the season-opener on February 18 against Ball State. Neil Price will call the action as the networks play-by-play announcer. Price serves as sideline reporter in football and is the play-by-play announcer for all Lady Raider basketball games. All broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch with pregame interviews, a scouting report, and the starting lineups. "With the success of our baseball program and its loyal fan base, we felt it was important to increase our coverage once again this season," Price said. "Our fans will be able to listen on 88.3 and can also catch the games over the Internet at GoBlueRaiders.com."

CHUCK TAYLOR GOLF TOURNAMENT DATE ANNOUNCED: 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 7, 2005. As usual, 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 or to obtain a registration form, please contact Tommy Wheeler at 615/890-3333 or 615/893-8498. 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.

SUMMER CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED: The Blue Raiders have announced the dates for the 2005 Steve Peterson Baseball Camps, beginning with a pitcher/catcher camp on June 12-14. Middle Tennessee will also host a hitting camp, June 14-16, a Day Camp for ages 7-12, June 20-23, and a High School Team Camp, July 11-14. For more information on the camps, please call 615/898-2450 or 2961, or you can download all camp brochures on the baseball page at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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