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Brenz called up to Boston

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen

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Former Blue Raider standout Bryce Brentz was called up to the Boston Red Sox 40-man roster today and will dress tonight against the playoff contending Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brentz was called up after Pawtucket (Red Sox AAA Affiliate) finished its season last night against Omaha in the Triple-A National Championship.

The right fielder hit .243 this season with 12 homers, 53 RBI and 11 doubles while ending the season fourth on the team with a .465 slugging percentage and second on the squad in homers.

In the last ten games, he’s hit 32 points higher (.275) than his season average to go along with two home runs and 12 RBI.

Since being drafted by Boston in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2010, Brentz has shown up to the plate while being named the 2011 Co-Offensive
Player in the league where he led all farmhands in batting, slugging percentage, RBIs, runs scored and total bases while finishing second in home runs.

After ranking fifth in the Eastern League in slugging percentage in 2012, Brentz was ranked the seventh-best prospect heading into 2013 among Red Sox players by MLB.com.

The Knoxville native’s 61 career home runs tops all-time at MT and was named the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after leading the team with a .465 batting average, 28 homers and an impressive .930 slugging percentage.

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Watch out for Jebavy

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Watch out for Jebavy

Posted on 17 September 2014 by Allen

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Tenn. – Baseball America released its list of the top college summer league prospects Tuesday as incoming outfielder Ronnie Jebavy of the Blue Raider baseball team was ranked the third-best player in the Prospect League.

Twenty leagues represented by 238 players from around the country made up the list that featured some of the best players from the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten and also prospects that have signed major league contracts. Jebavy was one of 10 players to represent Conference USA.

Jebavy was placed behind Danville Dans teammate C.J. Burdick (San Diego) and top prospect Ronnie Dawson (Ohio State) of the Chillicothe Paints.

The outfielder was named to the list after finishing fourth in the league with a .293 average from the dish while ending the year tied for a team-best 31 runs scored and second with 60 hits, and led the Dans with 14 doubles and 20 extra-base hits.

Jebavy notched a hit in 35 of 54 games he appeared in, including an impressive .555 (10-18) from the plate in the final four contests of the season.

The Murfreesboro native will look to make an immediate impact to a Blue Raider team that finished 31-27 last season and ended the year with a solid finish winning seven of their last 10 contests.

Prospect League
1. Ronnie Dawson, of, Chillicothe (So., Ohio State)
2. C.J. Burdick, rhp, Danville (So., San Diego)
3. Ronnie Jebavy, of, Danville (Jr., Middle Tennessee State)
4. Travis Lakins, rhp, Chillicothe (So., Ohio State)
5. Chase Boster, rhp, West Virginia (Jr., Marshall)
6. Adam McGinnis, c, Quincy (So., Western Illinois)
7. Kurt Hoekstra, 2b/of, Chillicothe (Jr., Western Michigan)
8. Adam Bleday, lhp, Butler (So., Gulf Coast State JC, Fla.)
9. Kolin Stanley, rhp, West Virginia (Redshirt Sr., Marshall)
10. Michael Paez, ss, Richmond (So., Coastal Carolina)
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JP Davis named MTSU pitching coach

JP Davis named MTSU pitching coach

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Jim McGuire announced the addition of veteran pitching coach JP Davis for the 2015 season on Tuesday. Davis replaces Skylar Meade who accepted a pitching coach position at Michigan State earlier this summer.

“We are ecstatic to have JP Davis join Middle Tennessee,” McGuire said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a professional scout, head coach and pitching coach. I am very confident that his experience will help our pitching staff.”

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the staff here at Middle Tennessee and work with Coach McGuire and Coach Hall,” noted Davis. “There is such a rich tradition here with the Blue Raider baseball program. It feels great to be back on the field and working with guys. I am excited to be a part of something special.”

Davis most recently spent the past two years as an area scout in the Mid-South for the Chicago Cubs. During his time he helped identify, evaluate, draft and sign athletes from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. While with the Cubs, he had five selections during the past two MLB drafts. Davis’ highest pick came in the fifth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

Prior to his work in Chicago, Davis was the head coach of the Northwestern State Demons for five seasons. During his tenure, he compiled a 131-139 (.485) overall record and a 82-75 (.522) record in the Southland Conference. Davis had 28 All-Southland Conference selections during his head coaching tenure. Davis had a total of 10 players selected in the MLB Draft. In 2012, Mason Melotakis became the second highest Demon ever to be drafted as 63rd overall selection by the Minnesota Twins.

Davis coached NSU to wins over nationally ranked programs including LSU, Southern Miss and Texas A&M. Additionally, his team climbed to 30th nationally in 2010 and finished the year with the 19th best ERA in the NCAA. The Memphis native coached Freshman All-American Chad Sheppard in 2009 and Capital One Academic All-American Mike Jaworski in 2008. His teams averaged an APR of 965 and completed over 1,500 hours of community service during his five-year tenure as head coach.

Before being named head coach in 2007, Davis spent seven seasons as an assistant coach that saw the Demons win three Southland Conference titles and make one NCAA Regional appearance. He spent four years as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Neosho County Community College from 1996 to 2000. He also served as an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians from 1997 to 2000.

Davis spent two years as a graduate assistant at Murray State and earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1994 from the University of Memphis.

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Slain names Volunteer Assistant

Slain names Volunteer Assistant

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee baseball head coach Jim McGuire announced the hiring of Chase Sain as volunteer assistant for the 2015 season.

“I am excited and honored to join the Middle Tennessee baseball staff,” noted Sain. “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.”

“We are thrilled to have Chase join our staff,” said McGuire. “He has worked with a lot of different athletes the past few years, which will benefit us here at Middle Tennessee. We are excited to have him on board.”

Smith recently spent this summer as the hitting coach for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He oversaw two of the best hitters in the Cape Cod League. Carl Wise ranked second in the league with eight homers, while Donnie Dewees Jr. was fifth in the league with a .340 batting average.

The Bolivar native spent the past year as hitting coach and recruiter for Victory University in Memphis. The Eagles finished the 2014 season 31-24 and placed fourth in the Small College World Series.

Prior to his one-year stint at Victory, Sain served as student assistant coach at the University of Memphis for two seasons. While at UM, he coached catchers and assisted with coaching hitters. He created offensive and defensive drills, while prepping pitchers inside the bullpen during games.

Sain graduated from Memphis with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in August 2013.

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MT Baseball adds two junior college standouts

MT Baseball adds two junior college standouts

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee baseball signed a pair of junior college standouts to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. Right handed pitcher Sam Alton and infielder Austin Norrell will don the Blue Raider uniform for the 2015 season.

Alton hails from Sonoma, California, where he recently played for the Cañada College Colts. The standout pitcher went 10-1 with a save in 14 appearances. He boasted a remarkable 0.88 ERA and fanned 76 in 102 innings pitched. The earned run average broke 43-year old school record. Alton allowed only nine extra-base hits, including just one home run during his sophomore campaign.

He racked up numerous awards including the Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a spot on the Northern California All-State team. At Sonoma Valley High School, Alton was a two-time first team All-District selection and second team All-Empire selection. Alton is believed to be the first California junior college signee for the Blue Raiders.

Norrell joins the Blue Raiders after two strong seasons at Walters State Community College. Norrell was a first team Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) All-Conference selection. The Sugar Valley, Georgia native earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) second team All-America honors.

He batted .390 this season while belting 20 doubles and six home runs and adding 53 runs batted in. In 52 games, Norrell compiled a .439 on-base percentage, a .604 slugging percentage for an 1.043 OPS. As a prep standout at Calhoun High School, Norrell earned MaxPreps Freshman All-American accolades in 2009. He was a four-team All-Region selection and named Pitcher of the Year in 2012. He led Calhoun to a state title as a sophomore in 2010.

“We are very fortunate to sign two players of this caliber late in the year,” said head coach Jim McGuire. “We expect Austin and Sam to be big contributors for our squad during the 2015 season.”

The additions of Alton and Norrell will bring in a total of 10 Blue Raiders for the class of 2014. All of the incoming athletes are expected to arrive on campus in late August.

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Four Blue Raiders to play in summer league All-Star games

Four Blue Raiders to play in summer league All-Star games

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Allen

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Four Middle Tennessee baseball student-athletes achieved All-Star status to highlight the Blue Raiders in action during the summer league.

Jared Allen will represent the High Point-Thomasville HiToms in the Coastal Plain League All-Star game Monday, July 14. Allen has started in 21 of the 22 games for the HiToms, tallying a .269 batting average, while ranking second on the team with six doubles and five home runs.

Joining Allen in the all-star festivities, are Austin Bryant of the Prospect League, incoming Blue Raider Ronnie Jebavy of the Prospect League and Kooper Kessler in the Valley League.

Bryant and Jebavy, both teammates for the Danville Dans, are slated to participate in the All-Star Game in Terre Haute, Indiana on Tuesday, July 8. Bryant is hitting .297 with 18 RBI in 30 games for the Dans and notched his fourth multi-RBI game July 4 at Butler. Jebavy has notched a .319 average with 10 doubles in 30 games for Danville. The Murfreesboro native added a 2-for-6 performance against Butler, earning his 13th multi-hit game of the season.

Kessler is the lone Blue Raider pitcher to earn a spot on an All-Star roster. He has appeared in four games with three starts and is tied for the team-lead with 25 innings pitched for the Staunton Braves. The 2015 senior ranks second on the Braves with 21 strikeouts and posts a 2.88 ERA with a 1-2 record.

Other notable Blue Raiders include Reid Clements of the Madisonville Miners, Brad Jarreau of the Dodge City A’s and Tyler Troutt of the Quincy Gems. Clements has started four games for the Miners, totaling a 1.85 ERA with an Ohio Valley League best 24 and two-thirds innings pitched.

In 27 games for the A’s, Jarreau has a .330 batting average, while tallying a team second-best 22 RBI. The Joelton, Tennessee native also leads Dodge City with 37 hits and ranks second on the team with eight RBI.

Troutt is the third Blue Raider to star in the Prospect League this summer, winning all three games he has pitched in while tallying a 1.42 ERA. He has tossed 17 strikeouts to only five walks and produced his best outing of the season against Springfield June 6. The incoming lefty pitcher tossed seven scoreless innings, while striking out nine.

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Blackham inks pro contract

Posted on 23 June 2014 by Allen

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Blue Raider reliever Matt Blackham ended his collegiate eligibility after his junior season to pursue a professional career. He signed with the New York Mets last month after being drafted in the 21st round.

Blackham’s signing scout Jarrett England has a Blue Raider connection. England earned a letter for the Raiders in 2003 and later graduated with a degree in marketing. He is also the founder of a non-profit group Project Xposure and a scout for the Mets.

Blackham finished the 2014 season with an ERA of 4.83 ERA and went 1-2 with 49 strikeouts.

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Blue Raider duo earn ABCA All-Region honors

Blue Raider duo earn ABCA All-Region honors

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee’s Zac Curtis and Trent Miller grabbed All-Central Region Second Team honors, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Sunday.

The pair of selections are the most for MT since Justin Guidry and Trent Miller posted first team accolades in 2012.

Curtis completed a tremendous senior year with a 9-3 record and a 1.89 ERA in 15 appearances. He tossed a nation-leading 136 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched. His punchout total was second all-time in a single season at Middle Tennessee.

The left-hander threw five complete games, recording two shutouts. Curtis earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors three times and was named a first team All-Conference USA selection. Last week, he was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which goes to the nation’s top player that elevates his game.

Earlier this month, Curtis was drafted in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has signed a contract and is now playing for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops of the Northwest League. Curtis became the 13th Blue Raider since 1976 to be selected in the top-10 rounds and the fifth highest overall pick in program history.

Miller led the Blue Raiders in seven different offensive categories, which included a .339 batting average. His 25 doubles led Conference USA and were third nationally. The first baseman finished second in C-USA in total bases (120), third in hits (78) and fourth in runs-batted-in (45).

The Kansas City native completed his career as the Raiders’ all-time doubles leader (67) and ranked in the top-10 in career putouts (6th), total bases (7th), RBIs (7th) and hits (8th). Miller was a 2014 Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American and a First Team All-Conference USA selection.

Miller was drafted in the 40th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is awaiting his assignment to a Blue Jays’ minor league affiliate.

First-team selections will be considered as candidates for the ABCA All-America team, which will be announced later this month. For more information log on to the ABCA’s website at ABCA.org.

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Zac Curtis drafted in the sixth round by Arizona

Zac Curtis drafted in the sixth round by Arizona

Posted on 07 June 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee senior left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis was selected in the sixth round, 180th overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday.

Curtis became the 13th Blue Raider since 1976 to be selected in the top-10 rounds and the fifth highest overall pick in program history. Prior to Curtis’ selection on Friday, first rounder Bryce Brentz had been the most recent top-10 round selection by the Boston Red Sox in 2009.

“I am very excited for Zac,” said head coach Jim McGuire. “It’s an honor to be drafted that high. We’ve had several guys that have reached the major leagues that were drafted in later rounds. It’s a big accomplishment for Zac and this program for him to be drafted this high. He is very deserving.”

The Hendersonville native came on strong during his senior campaign to post a 9-3 record with a stellar 1.89 ERA in 15 appearances. In 114.0 innings pitched, Curtis threw a nation-leading 136 strikeouts. His punchout total this year is second all-time in a single-season at Middle Tennessee.

The left-hander threw five complete games, recording two shutouts. Curtis allowed just one unearned run in a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Rice on March 28. He tossed MT’s first two-hit game in five years at FIU. Curtis tossed double-figure strikeouts in eight contests.

Curtis earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors three times and was named a first team All-Conference USA selection. Last week, he was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which goes to the nation’s top player that elevates his game.

Blue Raiders selected in the Top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft

1976: George Ploucher, Houston Astros – 9th round (193)
1982: Ken Gearhart, Baltimore Orioles – 5th round (130)
1988: Eddie Pye, Los Angeles Dodgers – 10th round (244)
1990: Jayhawk Owens, Minnesota Twins – 2nd round (52)
1991: Dwight Robinson, New York Mets – 10th round (277)
1996: George Oleksik, Arizona Diamondbacks – 10th round (305)
1998: Jeremy Owens, San Diego Padres – 8th round (232)
2001: Dewon Brazelton, Tampa Bay Rays – 1st round (3)
2004: John Williams, Minnesota Twins – 7th round (211)
2004: Brett Carroll, Florida Marlins – 10th round (308)
2006: Michael McKenry , Colorado Rockies – 7th round (198)
2009: Bryce Brentz, Boston Red Sox – 1st round (36)
2014: Zac Curtis, Arizona Diamondbacks – 6th round (180)

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Blue Raider standout McKenry returns to the Rockies

Blue Raider standout McKenry returns to the Rockies

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Allen

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For the second time this season, former Middle Tennessee baseball standout Michael McKenry has been recalled to the Colorado Rockies from AAA Colorado Springs.

McKenry was called up from the Sky Sox on Wednesday after hitting .313 with six doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games. Last week, McKenry and Colorado Springs had made a stop in Nashville.

The 29-year old is making his second stint with the Rockies. In eight games for Colorado, McKenry went 4-for-19 with 2 doubles, one RBI and two runs while starting five games at catcher. In 201 career Major League games, McKenry has hit .222 (125-for-562) with 34 doubles, 17 home runs, 65 RBI and 53 runs.

He spent the past three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but made his major league debut with Colorado in 2010. McKenry got the call up on Wednesday, as catcher Jordan Pacheco was designated for assignment.

McKenry hit .390 with 13 homers and drove in 68 runs as a Blue Raider in 2006, which at the time was the third-highest single-season RBI total in Middle Tennessee history.

The Rockies open a nine-game home stand on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colorado hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game bout this weekend before closing out the homestand with four games versus the Atlanta Braves.

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18 Raiders participating in Summer League Baseball

18 Raiders participating in Summer League Baseball

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Allen

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There will be 18 Middle Tennessee baseball student-athletes participating in a dozen different collegiate summer leagues in 2014. A few of the Blue Raiders have already begun, while others start within the next two weeks.

Four Raiders will participate in the Prospect League. Starters Austin Bryant and Jake Ingold are playing for the Danville Dans and the Sprinfield Sliders, respectively. Meanwhile, junior college newcomers Ronnie Jebavy (Danville Dans) and Tyler Troutt (Quincy Gems) will get in some summer work before stepping onto campus in the fall. Troutt gave up just three hits and an unearned run in his first effort against Danville on June 1.

Jared Allen returned to the High Point -Thomasville Hi-Toms of the Coastal Plain League, where he is hitting .455 with two doubles and a pair of RBI in his first three games. Matt Blackham continued his impressive year with the defending Texas Collegiate League champion Brazos Valley Bombers. The lefty fanned seven of nine batters faced in a three-inning hitless affair against Acadiana on May 29.

Relief Pitcher Garrett Ring threw a solid 2.1 innings in his first outing for the Mankato Moondogs against Kenosha in the Northwoods league, allowing just two unearned runs. Madison College transfer Nate Hoffman gave up an earned run in two innings of relief against Kenosha on June 2.
Reid Clements and Kaleb King are spending their time in the Ohio Valley League. Clements has started in one game for the Madisonville Miners, while King has played in one game for the Dubois County Bombers.

Blue Raider veteran hurlers Kooper Kessler and Heath Slatton are spending their summer with the Staunton Braves in the Valley League. Slatton fanned all three batters faced in a 6-5 win over the Harrisonburg Turks on June 1.

Sophomores Will Small and Caleb Smith are staying closer to home. Small is spending his summer with the Murrells Inlet Longboards of the Beach Collegiate League, while Smith is playing this year with the Southern Collegiate League’s Pineville Pioneers.

Several MT players will start their season in the next two weeks: Kevin Dupree (Carolina Freedom – All-American League), Dustin Delgado (Hyannis Habor Hawks – Cape Cod League) Nathan Foriest ( North Adams Steeplecats – New England Collegiate Baseball League) and Brad Jarreau (Dodge City A’s, Jayhawk League).

For complete weekly updates on the Blue Raiders and their summer league progress, visit GoBlueRaiders.com.

Blue Raiders in the Summer Leagues List (As of June 3, 2014)

Jared Allen – High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms (Coastal Plain League)
Matt Blackham – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas Collegiate League)
Austin Bryant – Danville Dans (Prospect League)
Reid Clements – Madisonville Miners (The Ohio Valley League)
Dustin Delgado – Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod League)
Kevin Dupree – Carolina Freedom (All-American League)
Nathan Foriest – North Adams Steeplecats (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Nate Hoffman – Madison Mallards (Northwoods League)
Jake Ingold – Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
Brad Jarreau – Dodge City A’s (Jayhawk League)
Ronnie Jebavy – Danville Dans (Prospect League)
Kooper Kessler – Staunton Braves (Valley League)
Kaleb King – Dubois Count y (The Ohio Valley League)
Garrett Ring – Mankato Moondogs (Northwoods League)
Heath Slatton – Staunton Braves (Valley League)
Will Small – Murrell Inlet Longboards (Beach Collegiate)
Caleb Smith – Pineville (Southern Collegiate League)
Tyler Troutt – Quincy Gems (Prospect League)

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Miller tabbed Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

Miller tabbed Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee senior Trent Miller was named third team Louisville Slugger All-American, as announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday.

The Kansas City native finished his senior year with a team-best .339 batting average in 58 games. His 25 doubles led Conference USA and ranked third nationally. The first baseman finished 2014 with a league-leading 120 total bases, while sitting second in C-USA with 78 hits and third with 45 RBI.

Miller set the school career record with his 67 doubles. The senior posted a .522 slugging percentage, recording five homers in the season. He completed his collegiate career in the top-10 in putouts (1,008 – 6th), RBIs (155 – 7th) and hits (243 – 10th).

“Trent is very deserving of this honor,” said MT head coach Jim McGuire. “He was very consistent offensively and helped our program immensely during the course of the season. I am very proud of Trent’s accomplishment.”

Last week, Miller was selected first team All-Conference USA by the league’s coaches, media and sports information directors. Miller is the first Louisville Slugger All-American since Bryce Brentz in 2009 and the eighth Blue Raider selected for this prestigious award in program history.

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Raiders unable to rally in 2-1 loss to Old Dominion

Raiders unable to rally in 2-1 loss to Old Dominion

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Allen

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There were plenty of chances for a comeback, but Old Dominion held on to eliminate Middle Tennessee in a 2-1 contest on Friday at the Conference USA Championship. The Blue Raiders finished the 2014 season with a 31-27 overall record, while ODU plays top-seeded Rice on Saturday morning.

The Monarchs (35-23) plated an unearned run in the second inning and added the game-winning run in the third. Ryan Stephens posted Middle Tennessee’s lone score with a solo shot in the sixth inning. The Blue Raiders put a runner in scoring position in the seventh and eighth, but were unable to get them across. Friday’s one-run affair was the fourth game this season that was decided by one run or less between the two teams.

Lefty Johnathan Frebis (4-6) went a season-long eight innings with two runs allowed, one earned, on eight hits. He struck two and walked two in 108 pitches thrown. Victor Diaz (5-2) collected the win for Old Dominion, giving up an earned run on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Brad Gero recorded his 12th save this season in a no-hit ninth inning.

Stephens led the Blue Raider attack with three of MT’s 6 hits. The Murfreesboro native finished his collegiate career 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Austin Bryant, Hank LaRue and Trevor Haggard also collected hits in the loss. MT tallied one run on six hits, committing two errors. ODU scored two runs on eight hits with one fielding miscue.

Old Dominion started the second inning with a Josiah Burney single. 1B Brett Harris reached on a fielding error. Two outs later, Beard laced a single up the middle to score Burney and give Old Dominion an early 1-0 lead.

A Nick Walker single up the middle scored Brian Bashara to push ODU’s advantage to two. The Raiders fought back in the sixth, as Stephens belted a solo shot to right field.

Middle Tennessee put runners on in the seventh and eighth inning, but were unable to drive home the equalizing run. The Blue Raiders (31-27, 17-13 C-USA) capped the 2014 season with their most league wins and highest finish in regular season league play since 2010.

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Trio of Raiders named First Team All-CUSA

Trio of Raiders named First Team All-CUSA

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Allen

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Three Middle Tennessee baseball players garnered First Team All-Conference USA accolades, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Outfielder Jared Allen, pitcher Zac Curtis and first baseman Trent Miller were selected first team all-league as voted on by the coaches, media and sports information directors.

The three first team honorees are the most for the Raiders since a trio of Bryce Brentz, Justin Guidry and Justin Miller were selected first team All-Sun Belt in 2010.

In his first year in a Blue Raider uniform, Allen proved to be a pitcher’s nightmare. The junior has a league-leading 10 home runs with 33 RBI in 55 contests. His 102 total bases are third in C-USA. Allen holds a batting average of .264 and is second on the team with a .490 slugging percentage. He belted two home runs in the Raiders’ lone win at East Carolina. The Delano native also scored MT’s game-winning run in a series-opening 1-0 duel against Old Dominion.

Curtis, a Hendersonville native, posted an 8-3 record with a stellar 1.85 ERA in 14 appearances. In 107.0 innings pitched, Curtis has thrown a nation-leading 130 punchouts. His total strikeouts this year is second all-time in a single-season at Middle Tennessee. The left-hander threw five complete games, recording two shutouts. He tossed MT’s first two-hit game in five years at FIU. Curtis has thrown double-figure strikeouts in eight contests. The All-Conference nod is the first for Curtis.

Miller leads Conference USA in multiple categories: runs-batted in (45), doubles (25) and total bases. He set the school’s career mark with his 67th double last week against Marshall. Miller is second nationally with 25 doubles this season and is two away from tying the MT single-season record of 27 set by Nathan Hines in 2009. The Kansas City senior has a team-best .356 batting average with a stout slugging percentage of .548. The C-USA award is the first for Miller.

The No. 4 seed Blue Raiders take on No. 5 seed Old Dominion in a 9 a.m. tilt on Wednesday for the opening game of the Conference USA Championship in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Aramis Garcia, Jr., C, FIU

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Chase Mallard, Sr., RHP, UAB

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Chris Mourelle, Fr., RHP, FIU

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

John Clay Reeves, Jr., C, Rice

KEITH LECLAIR COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Shoop, UAB

ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

Josh Hopper, UAB

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

IF Skyler Ewing, Jr., Rice
IF Shane Hoelscher, Sr., Rice
IF Zach Houchins, Sr., East Carolina
IF Trent Miller, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OF Jared Allen, Jr., Middle Tennessee
OF Michael Aquino, Sr., Rice
OF Nick Walker, Fr., Old Dominion
C Aramis Garcia, Jr., FIU
DH/UT Drew Reynolds, Sr., East Carolina
SP Zac Curtis, Sr., Middle Tennessee
SP Mike Franco, Sr., FIU
SP Blake Fox, So., Rice
SP Chase Mallard, Sr., UAB
RP Ryan Williams, Sr., East Carolina

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

IF Josiah Burney, Sr., Old Dominion
IF Stephen Kerr, Fr., Florida Atlantic
IF RJ Perucki, Sr., UTSA
IF Mike Warren, Sr., UTSA
OF Chase Davis, Jr., UAB
OF Brendon Sanger, So., Florida Atlantic
OF John Welborn, Sr., UTSA
C John Clay Reeves, Jr., Rice
DH/UT Matt Durst, Jr., Southern Miss
SP Conor Fisk, Sr., Southern Miss
SP Alex Luna, Jr., UAB
SP Brock Hartson, So., UTSA
SP Chris Mourelle, Fr., FIU
RP Bradley Roney, Jr., Southern Miss

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

1B Bryce Harman, East Carolina
2B Stephen Kerr, Florida Atlantic
2B T.J. Nichting, Charlotte
2B CJ Pickering, UTSA
2B Charlie Yorgen, East Carolina
3B Hunter Hope, Tulane
OF Corey Bird, Marshall
OF Dylan Burdeaux, Southern Miss
OF Nick Walker, Old Dominion
RHP Chris Mourelle, FIU
RHP Jon Duplantier, Rice
LHP Thomas Lowery, UAB

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