McKenry, Beachum, Martin Voted All-Region

June 14, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee junior Michael McKenry and seniors Jeff Beachum and Todd Martin were all voted to the All-South Central Region baseball team, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) this week.

McKenry and Beachum were both First Team selections and will be part of the pool of players eligible for the three All-America teams selected by the ABCA this weekend during the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

McKenry batted .390 with 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2006, earning First Team All-Sun Belt and Third Team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball-Louisville Slugger. The Farragut High School product added 82 hits, 42 runs scored, 38 walks, a .494 on-base percentage and a .676 slugging percentage in 55 games. The junior catcher also threw out 41 percent of potential base stealers.

He was selected 198th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Amatuer Player Draft last week, Middle Tennessee's highest draft selection since Dewon Brazelton in the first round in 2001. McKenry inked a contract with the Rockies last Friday and begins his professional career with the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, Wash., on June 19.

McKenry began the 2006 campaign on the Wallace Watch List, one of the national player of the year awards, and was later a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, another national player of the year honor, and the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top catcher.

Beachum was a four-year starter for the Blue Raiders, playing in 225 career games and collecting a school and Sun Belt record 323 career hits. He holds school records in runs scored (179), at-bats (935) and singles (253), and is tied for first in total bases (415). Beachum also ended his career second in doubles (57), second in games played and sixth in RBIs (138).

The Cordova, Tenn., native also set a single-season mark for hits in 2006 with 98, posting the sixth-best batting average in a season at .395. He scored 62 runs this season with 76 singles in 248 at-bats and struck out just 14 times all year. He was a Second Team All-Sun Belt selection this year and three times earned all-league accolades.

Beachum signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees this week and reports to extended spring training for a week before being assigned to either the New York-Penn League (Staten Island Yankees) or the Gulf Coast League (GCL Yankees) in Tampa.

Martin earned his second straight All-Region nomination after batting .377 with 13 doubles, 15 home runs and 60 RBIs in 2006. The Cookeville, Tenn., native added 75 hits and 44 runs scored in 51 contests.

Martin garnered First Team All-Region accolades in 2005 and was voted Third Team All-America by the ABCA, Middle Tennessee's first All-American since Dewon Brazelton and Josh Renick in 2001.

The South Central Region in the ABCA consists of 35 schools from seven conferences and two independent schools, including: Alabama A&M (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Alcorn State (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt Conference), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Arkansas State (Sun Belt Conference), Centenary (Mid-Continent Conference), Florida International (Sun Belt Conference), Grambling State (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Houston (Conference USA), Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Lamar (Southland Conference), Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt Conference), Louisiana-Monroe (Southland Conference), Louisiana Tech (Western Athletic Conference), McNeese State (Southland Conference), Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt Conference), Mississippi Valley State (Southwestern Athletic Conference), New Orleans (Sun Belt Conference), Nicholls State (Southland Conference), Northwestern State (Southland Conference), Prairie View A&M (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Rice (Conference USA), Samford (Ohio Valley Conference), Sam Houston State (Southland Conference), South Alabama (Sun Belt Conference), Southeastern Louisiana (Southland Conference), Southern Univ. (Southwestern Athletic Conference), UT-Arlington (Southland Conference), UT-Pan Am (Independent), UT-San Antonio (Southland Conference), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Independent), Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic Conference), Texas State (Southland Conference) and Western Kentucky (Sun Belt Conference).

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