MURFRESBORO, Tenn. — Coming to work at the Murphy Center any morning often brings up interesting sights, given how busy the parking lot on Greenland Drive is. But with the spring semester over, imagine my surprise to see dozens of cars set up at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium early this morning as I pulled up.
Quickly, however, it became clear why the cars and the plethora of pop-up tents on the track were there this morning, as the police motorcade guarding the Special Olympics Torchlight Race arrived shortly after I parked myself.
One of the first things I learned about Middle Tennessee when I got this job was the importance of the athletic department’s relationship with Special Olympics Tennessee, and how COVID had unfortunately caused that many events that our student athletes had helped had to be put on hiatus.
But now, with exams over and we entering the final weeks of the 2021-22 sports season here in Murfreesboro, seeing the Special Olympics back in action today was a great pick-me-up on a Monday morning.
Check out some of the executives from our Social Media Coordinator, Matt Poseyhung from the Blue Raiders helping with today’s events.
— MT Baseball (@MT_Baseball) May 9, 2022
— MT Softball (@MT_Softball) May 9, 2022
— Middle Tennessee FB (@MT_FB) May 9, 2022
Baseball takes care of the Panthers in Miami
As the sports world, or at least most of my Twitter feed, turned its attention to Hard Rock Stadium for the Miami Grand Prix in the Formula 1 world this weekend, Blue Raider baseball has took two of FIU’s three just 25.4 miles away on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, continuing his strong season in rubber games, going 6-0 when a series is at stake this season.
Jaden Hamm continued its brilliant second half on Saturday, going eight innings while knocking out eight Panthers for a single earned run to take the W in the 5-1 win, tying MT’s team win total from 2021 with the 24th victory of the season.
Bounced ✔ pic.twitter.com/MQPd8CE1dd
— MT Baseball (@MT_Baseball) May 8, 2022
On Sunday, the MT Bats really came alive, scoring 11 runs, including nine in the sixth and seventh innings, to overtake FIU and continue to stay in the top half of the heavily congested Conference USA standings.
Another Sunday dub! pic.twitter.com/5oUU51D66o
— MT Baseball (@MT_Baseball) May 8, 2022
The Blue Raiders, no. 51 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, are four games behind conference-leading USM with six conference games to play, but only two behind second-place UTSA and three behind co-third-place LA Tech and Florida Atlantic . Baseball America also knocked MT on the door of a general NCAA Tournament offer, being placed in the magazine’s “Next Four Out” in last week’s tournament screenings.
They’ll be back in action for a midweek game with Tennessee Tech on Tuesday at Reese for 90s Night. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
All-time men’s tennis season cut short in Raleigh
After a dominating first-round win over UNC Wilmington to open their NCAA Tournament, the No. 16 seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders narrowly lost Saturday amid rain in Raleigh, Carolina du Nord, losing 4-3 to NC State despite a stellar play. of everyone in the MT range.
It was a tight match all round, where a two-point swing in one of the two doubles matches that didn’t go MT’s way could have overturned the result.
So many good stats of the year from our SID tennis, Alex Morganin his recap, be sure to check that out to see graduate student dominance chris edge and Stepan Hollis on their careers in particular.
For now, I’m leaving with my favorite clip of the weekend: Oskar Brostrom Poulsen get an ace on match point to tie the game against NC State.
— MT Men’s Tennis (@MT_MensTennis) May 8, 2022
Barnard, Wolf take all C-USA honors on course
It was a week full of honors for both Michael Barnard and Nick Wolf, as the duo each secured berths in the Normandy region as individuals for the NCAA Golf Championships. And later in the week, the pair also earned All-Conference honors, with Barnard named to the All C-USA First Team and Wolf to the All C-USA Second Team.
— MT Men’s Golf (@MT_MGolf) May 5, 2022
The pair will have the rest of the week to prepare for NCAA play, which begins in Norman on May 15. Both Blue Raiders are among 10 people competing in the Normandy region, where the top scorer not on a progressing team will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Norman Regional features 13 teams that have qualified for NCAA play, with the top five teams from those 13 advancing.
Wholesome Mother’s Day Moment for Tyshun Render
An awesome Mother’s Day weekend moment for former footballer Tyshun Render, as his mother was in attendance for his USFL game with the New Jersey Generals this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
USFL captured the moment Tyshun made sure his mom was in the stands for the day!
— USFL (@USFL) May 7, 2022
With the Generals’ third win of the season in hand in the dying seconds, Render also had a chance to spend some time with his family in the stands. Only at the USFL!
— New Jersey Generals (@USFLGenerals) May 7, 2022
Congratulations to our Blue Raider graduates!
The Murphy Center was buzzing all weekend for launch ceremonies, and that included so many of our very own Blue Raiders.
Check out some of the celebrations below! And congratulations to everyone who crossed the stage this weekend for your accomplishments.