Blue Raiders Ink Pitcher Mantzanis

July 28, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the final 2006 signee this week, inking pitcher Peter Mantzanis to a national letter-of-intent for next season.

Mantzanis, a righthander from Clarence High School in Clarence, N.Y., was a four-year letterwinner for head coach David Smith, posting a 4-1 record with a 3.20 ERA as a senior. The 6-foot, 185-pounder tossed 35 innings, striking out 42 with just nine walks while also batting .350 with 22 RBIs. He earned First Team All-League honors as a junior and senior and was Honorable Mention All-Western New York both seasons.

Mantzanis has played for the Elite Ohio Warhawks and coach Ron Slusher the past two summers, tossing a perfect game last year.

His brother, James, just finished his eligibility at Western Kentucky, compiling an 0-1 mark in 13 appearances in 2005.

"Peter is a young man with good upside. He's very athletic and we got some good references after following up on contacts from him," Peterson said. "He will definitely have an opportunity to pitch for us as a freshman with all of the new faces, as long as he throws strikes."

Mantzanis joins nine others in the 2006 recruiting class, including: Brett Reilley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Brett Smalley (Hixson, Tenn.), Myles Ervin (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Brandon Brokaw (St. Peters, Mo.), Dillon Heath (Nashville, Tenn.), Ben Darlington (Tullahoma, Tenn.), Chad Edwards (Paducah, Ky.), Langdon Stanley (Opp, Ala.) and Justin Jones (Murfreesboro, Tenn.).

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