February 22, 2011

Baseball opens up Bush Stadium hosting Middle Tennessee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Baseball season is underway in Cookeville as the Golden Eagles open up their 2011 season at home with a visit from the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Having notched their first three games of the season on the road at Coastal Carolina's Caravelle Resort Tournament, Tech will be concentrating on defending their home field against MTSU, which leads the lifetime series with a 103-63-1 edge on the Golden Eagles. This includes two match-ups from last season, in which the Blue Raiders dealt out 11-5 and 13-9 losses to TTU.

In avenging the losses, the Golden Eagle line-up will go up against senior right-hander Eric Gilley. Last season, Gilley worked his way from a mid-week starting position into the weekend rotation, striking out 40 batters in 75 innings of work and finishing his season with a 4.32 ERA.

Taking the hill for Tech will be junior college transfer Cullen Park, a righty out of Walter State Community College. At WSC, Park logged a 4-1 record, pitching 37 innings and striking out 29, recording a 4.38 ERA on the season.

Both teams are coming into Wednesdsay's match-up looking for their first win of the season. The Blue Raiders fell in their season opening three-game series to Portland, while Tech shouldered three losses in CCU's tournament.

Fans who can't make it out to the Averitt Express Complex for Wednesday night's game can follow the LiveStats here.