This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

April 21, 2005 · MT Media Relations
OLD TIMERS DAY SET FOR SATURDAY: The Middle Tennessee Varsity Club is having Old Timers Day this Saturday for the Blue Raider baseball program, starting at Noon with a cookout at the Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame. Over 40 past players have signed up and will be in attendance for the weekend, with a pregame presentation set for 1:40 p.m. Saturday before the South Alabama game. Kenny Gerhart will throw out the first pitch before the 2 p.m. start against the Jaguars.

PREGAME TAILGATE PARTY SET FOR VANDY GAME: The Blue Raider Athletic Association is hosting a pregame tailgate party prior to the Middle Tennessee baseball game at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, May 11. The tailgate party will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the patio entrance to Memorial Gym overlooking centerfield at the baseball stadium. The reception, which includes a barbecue dinner and a ticket to the game, costs $15 per person. Due to an expected sell-out at Hawkins Field that evening, Blue Raider fans wishing to take part in the tailgate must make reservations with the BRAA office as soon as possible, as only 175 tickets will be available. The first pitch for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase tickets to the tailgate should call the BRAA office at 615/898-2210. Mastercard and Visa are the only credit cards that will be accepted.

GOLF, TENNIS SENIOR DAY SET FOR APRIL 26: The Middle Tennessee athletic department presented eight track and field seniors before this past Tuesday's game against Memphis and will honor tennis and golf seniors this coming Tuesday before the Vanderbilt game. Eleven seniors - Jennifer Klaschka, Emily Vest, Ana Maria Cibils, Rishan Kuruppu, Anant Sitaram, Greg Pollack, Blake Bivens, Kenny Green, Mac Lee, Kristin Lynch and Kemmerlee Pennington - will be presented beginning at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday before the Blue Raiders take on the Commodores at 7 p.m. There will also be Blue Grass music by Russ and Becky Jeffers and free thunderstix for the first 500 fans in attendance, compliments of Coca-Cola.

BASEBALL CAMP DATES SET: The 2005 Steve Peterson Baseball Camps have been set for June, with the Pitcher-Catcher Camp, set for June 12-14, the first of three offered for individuals. The Hitting Camp is June 14-16, with both camps for ages 13 - High School senior. The final individual camp of the summer is the Day Camp for ages 7-12 only, set for June 20-23. For more information on these and all Middle Tennessee summer camps, visit GoBlueRaiders.com or call 615/898-2450.

AGAINST SOUTH ALABAMA: Middle Tennessee is just 9-18 against South Alabama all-time, including 5-9 since joining the Sun Belt. The Blue Raiders won 2-of-3 from South Alabama last season in Mobile, the team's first series win on the road against USA in two tries. Chris Mobley picked up the victory with 6.1 innings of work on Friday, with Eric McNamee collecting three hits and scoring three times in a 10-5 victory. P.J. Walters tied the series at one with a complete game for USA on Saturday, as the Jaguars scored six times in the seventh in a 9-4 triumph. BJ Church outdueled Joey Doan on Sunday to give Middle Tennessee the series victory, striking out eight in eight innings in a 5-1 victory. The Blue Raiders will go with righthander Matt Scott (5-1, 3.75 ERA) on Friday, righthander Eric Blevins (1-4, 6.66) on Saturday, and lefthander Tyler Copeland (4-1, 3.92) on Sunday.

PETERSON REACHES 1,000 MARK: Middle Tennessee's Steve Peterson coached his 1,000th game as skipper of the Blue Raiders last Saturday at Western Kentucky after picking up his 700th career victory in a 9-2 win over Southeastern Louisiana on March 5 and adding to his school-record total with his 550th win as head coach at Middle Tennessee in a 6-1 triumph on March 15 against Southern Illinois. Peterson has compiled a career mark of 713-538-2 as a head coach. He has accumulated a 560-441-2 record in 17-plus seasons at Middle Tennessee and posted a 153-96 record as head coach at Roane State CC in six seasons. Peterson is the winningest coach in Middle Tennessee history, ahead of former skipper and athletic director John Stanford (1974-87, 402-272-4).

RAIDERS ADD THREE SPRING SIGNEES: Middle Tennessee baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing of three players to national letters-of-intent on April 15, including Tullahoma's Ben Darlington, brother of former Blue Raider Dewon Brazelton. Joining Darlington in the spring signing class are Paducah, Ky., native Chad Edwards and Opp, Ala., native Langdon Stanley. Darlington was an All-District selection as a junior at Tullahoma High School, playing for former Blue Raider Scott Hargrove. The 5-11, 175-pound infielder batted .350 with 33 RBI and played in the TBCA Showcase in 2004. Edwards, a 6-0, 170-pound righthander, attends Reidland High School outside of Paducah. He posted a 6-2 mark with a 1.95 ERA as a junior, striking out 91 in 54 innings of work. Edwards also batted .440 with five doubles, 24 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 2004. The four-year letterwinner earned All-District honors as a junior, was a Region I All-Star in 2004 and has been selected as a Kentucky State All-Star Representative the past two seasons. Stanley hails from Opp, Ala., and currently is a sophomore at Enterprise-Ozark Community College in Ozark, Ala. The 6-4, 210-pound righthander throws sidearm and currently has one win and two saves to go along with a 4.25 ERA in 48.2 innings of work this season. Darlington, Edwards and Stanley join six fall signees for the Blue Raiders, including: Brett Reilley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Brett Smalley (Hixson, Tenn.), Myles Ervin (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Brandon Brokaw (St. Peters, Mo.), current team member Allan Woodward (Columbia, Mo.) and Dillon Heath (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 2006 recruiting class for Middle Tennessee.

CHUCK TAYLOR GOLF TOURNAMENT DATE SET: 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.

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