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Golden Eagles await Illinois State for home opener Friday

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee Tech baseball team opens up a seven-game homestand Friday, beginning with a three-game series against the Illinois State Redbirds.

The opening pitch is set for 3 p.m. Friday, with the first pitches set for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Golden Eagles earned their first win of the season as junior pitchers Tristan Archer and Zane Morton helped deliver a 3-2 victory for Tech in its season opener last week.

Tech leads the all-time series against ISU with a record of 2-1, with their last meeting coming back in the 2008 season.

Through four games this season, junior Austin Wulf has had the hot bat as he has posted a .533 batting average, including eight hits and one home run. Sophomore Zach Stephens has also made a quick impact as he has notched one home run and three RBI. Senior Chad Hayes has also done well for himself at the plate, driving in four runs, while maintaining a .313 batting average.

Illinois State is currently 1-3 this season with all of its games coming against Austin Peay. APSU dealt ISU three straight losses before the Redbirds dealt the Governors a 10-1 loss in the final game of their four-game series.

Through four games Kyle Stanton has posted a .636 batting average, which includes seven hits in 11 at-bats. Eric Aguilera has driven in a team-high four RBI, while Zac Johnson and Matt Mirabal have scored a team-high three runs.

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Probable starters are listed below:

Friday

ISU: Chris Razo – 0-1, 20.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 10 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 9 R, 9 ER

TTU: Tristan Archer – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 SO, 6 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

Saturday

ISU: Brad Sorkin – 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER

TTU: David Hess – 0-0, 12.27 ERA, 3.2 IP, 8 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 6 R, 5 ER

Sunday

ISU: Dylan Craig – 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER

TTU: Jake McWhirter - 0-1, 14.73 ERA, 3.2 IP, 8 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 6 R, 6 ER