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Transcript of MTSU Baseball
MTSU Baseball History
MTSU Baseball started in 1913
MTSU has won 16 conference titles
MTSU has made 17 NCAA appearances
In 1982 the team fell one game short of making it to the College World Series
In 2009 the team set a record of 44 wins
Only 27 players out of 35 players can receive a scholarship
They are not full scholarships, the lowest they give is 25% and the highest is 70%
They can combine their baseball and academic scholarships
7 years ago the players could only use one scholarship instead of combining them
They volunteer with the Murfreesboro Baseball Association, The Little League Baseball Team, and The Miracle League
The Miracle League is disabled children who can't play on a baseball team
They are in the process to help Nashville build a field for the Miracle League
They also do Read To Succeed Day at elementary schools
In Omaha, Nebraska they do the Omaha challenge in the fall for two days. They divide the team into four teams that compete against each other.
They all have to live in Scarlet on campus
When they have games either home or away, they always all eat together.
The player Jake Ingold says the whole team gets along
The head coach, Jim McGuire played at Illinois University for his 1st year then went to Cumberland University and played baseball for them
He graduated from Cumberland and has been coaching for 29 years
He has been coaching for MTSU for 22 years
He likes to coach college level baseball because it's at a high enough level but not too high like the SEC because it would be too stressful
They have two assistant coaches
They have three undergrads who attend MTSU and are managers of the team
They have a graduate as their athletic trainer which changes every two years
The team has a total of 34 home games for 2014
The team is ranked 6/13 in the conference
On a cold or rainy day about 600 people attend the game
On a sunny day when they play against Tennessee Tech or UTK about 1,500 people attend the game
They practice 1-2 days a week during the season and in the fall they practice almost everyday
The GPA requirement is a 2.0 with a team average of a 3.2 GPA
Senior baseball player who has played for MTSU for 2 years
He is from Illinois, he came to MTSU because he knew the coach
He works out 2-3 days a week in the spring and 4-5 days in the fall
He received a scholarship to play baseball
He plays 1st base, 3rd base, and catcher
During high school he did volunteer work for the Salvation Army
Players Going Pro
In 2010, outfielder Bryce Brentz was selected in the first round by the Boston Red Sox, becoming the second highest Blue Raider picked in the MLB Draft.
The highest was pitcher Dewon Brazelton who was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2001 MLB Draft.
Other players have been drafted to teams like the Atlanta Braves, the LA Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Colorado Rockies.