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This Week in Blue Raider Athletics

June 28, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MARTIN VOTED ALL-AMERICAN; MARTIN, SCOTT, JAGGERS NAMED ALL-REGION: Senior Nate Jaggers, junior Todd Martin and sophomore Matt Scott were all honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings this week, earning All-South Central Region honors for the 2005 season. Martin was also named Third Team All-American by the ABCA. Martin was named First Team All-Region and Third Team All-American as the designated hitter after battling injuries all season. He still posted a .412 batting average, third best in school history among players with more than 100 at-bats. The Cookeville, Tenn., native had 13 doubles and eight home runs in 42 starts, and is the first Blue Raider All-American since Dewon Brazelton in 2001. Jaggers was a Second Team All-Region selection, leading the Blue Raiders with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. The Louisville, Ky., native batted .346 in 55 starts, all at third base. Scott was also voted to the Second Team after posting a 10-1 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 14 starts. The righthander was 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his last five starts of the season, tossing three complete games and striking out 31 in 40.2 innings of work. The trio earned the first all-region selections for Middle Tennessee since Justin Sims in 2002.

KLASCHKA'S SISTER WINS AT WIMBLEDON: Jennifer Klaschka, former Blue Raider tennis player, has enjoyed the past two weeks at Wimbledon watching her sister, Sabine, make it through qualifying and into the second round of the year's third Grand Slam event. Sabine is scheduled to become a Blue Raider this fall after Jennifer completed her four-year career this past spring. Sabine won three qualifying matches, defeating Elise Tamaela, 6-7 (9), 6-1, 7-5; Edina Gallovits, 6-4, 6-3; and Severine Beltrame, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. She then won 6-3, 6-2, over Elena Baltacha in the first round before falling for sixth-seeded Elena Dementieva, 6-2, 3-6, 6-8, in the second round.

RENICK RELEASED BY REDS, SIGNS WITH SAINTS: Former Blue Raider baseball player Josh Renick was released by the Cincinnati Reds last week but picked up quickly by the St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League. Renick was batting just .118 in 25 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts in Double-A, battling injuries after being on the disabled list twice this season. The infielder played for the Saints last season and will join another former Blue Raider, Adam Larson, on the club. More information may be found at saintsbaseball.com.

ALL-STAR ACTION FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWCOMERS: A pair of Middle Tennessee signees participated in all-star game action last week, including Chattanooga, Tenn., native LaCondra Mason, as well as Lexington, Ky., product Brittany Pittman. Pittman netted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Kentucky's 72-67 victory over Indiana on June 25 in the BB&T All-Star Classic at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Mason scored six points to help the East to a 72-56 win in the Tennessee All-Star game June 24 in Franklin, Tenn. Mason was a 2005 Tennessee Miss Basketball finalist.

TURNBOW WINS TENNESSEE GOLF ASSOCIATION FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Middle Tennessee assistant golf coach Whit Turnbow teamed with Nick Shelton over the weekend to win the TGA Four-Ball title at Holston Hills CC in Knoxville. The twosome shot a two-day score of 133 in qualifying rounds, putting them into the 16-team match-play format starting Saturday. They knocked off 2000 champions Todd Burgan and Jarrett Sharp in the opening round of match play. In Sunday morning's semifinals, Shelton and Turnbow beat Blue Raider golfers Josh Nelms and Jonathan Burns 1-up, before defeating Tyson Elliott and Chris Gilliland, 3 and 2, in the final. Elliott plays golf at Chattanooga and Gilliland at Furman. The back nine was good to Shelton and Turnbow. "We only lost two holes on [the back nine] all week long," Turnbow said. "That's where it starts. When you make the turn and go to the back, that's where it starts."

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