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Notebook: Stockstill, Brentz featured in the media

First weekend of intrasquads a success

January 28, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee baseball team held three intrasquad scrimmages this past weekend in preparation for the season opener against Kennesaw State on Feb. 14. Plus, a feature on a former and a current Blue Raider, along with a preview of the 41st annual Groundhog Day Luncheon and more in this week's Notebook.

IN THE NEWS: STOCKSTILL, BRENTZ
Freshman Brent Stockstill was featured in an article by Adam Sparks in Monday's Daily News Journal. Sparks highlights Stockstill's efforts as a two-sport athlete, both as a pitcher for the Blue Raider baseball team and a quarterback on the football team.

To read the article on Stockstill, click HERE.

Meanwhile, former Blue Raider Bryce Brentz, who played for the Boston Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, R.I. last year, was featured by Tim Britton in Monday's Providence (R.I.) Journal on his offseason and his goal of making it to the major leagues with the defending world champions. Brentz was added to Boston's 40-man roster this offseason.

To read the article on Brentz, click HERE.

INTRASQUADS BEGIN
The Blue Raiders opened up spring practices with three intrasquad contests at Reese Smith Field. It was the first opportunity for the team to practice in a game-like environment since the fall, and the first time MT played on the renovated surface at Reese Smith Field.

"I thought it went well," said head baseball coach Jim McGuire. "The team had good focus despite some tough conditions. Our pitchers threw strikes and our defense was solid. We definitely got what we were looking for out of the first weekend."

GROUNDHOG DAY LUNCHEON ONE WEEK AWAY
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.

$1 TICKETS, HOT DOGS FOR HOME OPENER
The Blue Raiders' home opener vs. Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 18 will feature special promotions from the MT marketing department.

Tickets for the game will be available for just $1, along with hot dogs for $1. Free hot chocolate will be available to fans, and the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a 2014 schedule magnet.

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