Incoming Freshmen Bring Winning Ways to Blue Raider Softball

July 4, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three newcomers for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider softball team are coming on campus with a little extra hardware and a winning attitude.

Incoming freshmen Samantha Floyd, Martha Davis and Laura Moore each helped bring home state titles during their senior year.

Floyd was an integral part of Gordon Lee High School's state championship, tossing every game in the Georgia state tournament. She culminated her team's championship with a two-hit shutout against Brookstone in the title game. The Chickamauga, Ga., school posted a 25-10 record, and Floyd did not allow a run in the final three games of the state tournament.

"I pitched every game, and it was just a great feeling to be standing on the mound at the end and knowing we had won," Floyd said. "It was one of the best experiences of my life and I look to bring that same winning attitude to Middle Tennessee."

Davis and her Red Bank High School teammates took on the role of underdog at the TSSAA Spring Fling in May. Red Bank won four straight games in the state tournament, including a victory over defending state champions Beech High School, in which Davis had the game-winning hit. Davis and her team clinched the state title with a 3-0 victory over perennial powerhouse Soddy Daisy, a team which had beat them four straight times in the regular season.

"We were truly underdogs and nobody expected us to be there," Davis said. "It was an amazing experience and a great way to end my season and my career at Red Bank. Now, I want to have that same feeling of accomplishment at Middle Tennessee and I can't wait to get on campus."

Moore pitched all seven games at the state tournament to help lead Dade County High School to their first Georgia state title in school history. Her road to the state crowing included defeating No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian and then defeating two-time defending state champion Morgan County twice for the title. For her efforts, Moore was named Class AA Pitcher of the Year.

"Winning the state championship was a magical experience for me and the team," Moore said. "It was hard pitching all seven games in the tournament but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am really excited about coming to Middle Tennessee and helping the team."

Middle Tennessee softball will begin preparation for the 2006 season, under second-year Head Coach Leigh Podlesny, this September when they participate in fall workouts in anticipation for the upcoming season.

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