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Arizona drafts MT pitcher Zac Curtis

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - 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.

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