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Notebook: Intrasquad games this weekend

McKenry signs with Rockies; Groundhog Day Luncheon Feb. 4

January 22, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - It is less than a month before the Blue Raiders' season opener at Kennesaw State on Feb. 14, in addition to the home opener vs. Tennessee Tech on Feb. 18. Middle Tennessee began group work last week, preparing for MT's inaugural season in Conference USA.

INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGES THIS WEEKEND
Full practices begin this weekend for the Blue Raiders with three intrasquad showdowns. The Blue Raiders will play at 2:30 on Friday before playing at 12:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. All three intrasquad games are open to the public.

MT began group work last week, but the intrasquad games will be the first opportunity for full team practice on the recently-renovated surface at Reese Smith Field.

McKENRY SIGNS WITH COLORADO
Former Blue Raider Michael McKenry has signed a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies, inking a contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

McKenry returns to the organization that drafted him in 2007, after spending the past three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last year, the Pirates won the National League Wild Card, making a postseason appearance for the first time since 1992.

GROUNDHOG DAY LUNCHEON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Groundhog Day Luncheon, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Murphy Center.

Head coach Jim McGuire and the Middle Tennessee baseball team will host the event to kick off the 2014 inaugural Conference USA baseball campaign. The luncheon will have its traditional menu of ham hocks, white beans, tomato salad, green onions, corn bread, chocolate cake and ice cream.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Additionally, a table of 10 can be reserved for $250. Reservations can be made by calling the Blue Raider ticket office at (615) 898-5261. The deadline to pre-order tickets is Jan. 31.

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