May 16, 2013

Golden Eagles host Belmont in regular season finale to decide OVC crown

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Fill the Quill. That's the headline for the Tennessee Tech baseball team as it heads into its most important series of the season this weekend, hosting Ohio Valley Conference foe Belmont in a three-game set to decide the regular season champion.

It's pretty cut-and-dried for the Golden Eagles; win two and they clinch both their eighth regular season title and the Number 1 seed in the OVC Tournament in Jackson, Tenn., next week.

The Golden Eagles currently hold a one-game lead over the visiting Bruins (and two over Jacksonville State) and will look to continue their stellar play at Quillen Field, owning a 24-5 record at home this season.

The match-up pits the league's top offense against the OVC's top pitching staff as the Golden Eagles lead nearly every offensive statistical category while the Bruins are the top dog for nearly every pitching statistic.

The Golden Eagles own 37 wins on the year, second most in program history and just two short of the record set by David Mays' 1997 team. Tech's 22 OVC wins are the second most in league history, trailing only Jacksonville State's 23 in 2008.

Game one will take place at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express baseball complex on Thursday at 6 p.m. CDT. Game two, which also features a 6 p.m. first pitch, will take place on Friday. The series finale will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Each contest will feature FREE ADMISSION as fans are encouraged to come out and cheer the Golden Eagles on to a conference title. For those fans that can't make it the games, all three contests will be streamed online on the OVC Digital Network found here. Fans can also follow the lives stats for each contest here.


SCOUTING THE BELMONT BRUINS

LAST FIVE GAMES FOR
BELMONT

Date H/A/N Opponent Result Score
May 8 Away No. 21 Mercer W/10 6-4
May 10 Home Murray State* W 7-2
May 11 Home Murray State* W 5-4
May 12 Home Murray State* W 12-1
May 14 Away No. 1 Vanderbilt L 6-1

A look at the top seven offensive weapons for the Bruins:

Player Avg. Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SLG% OB% SB-SA
Alec Diamond .321 16 42 1 1 0 21 .344

.422

5-7
Drew Turner .317 38 64 14 1 3 28 .441

.388

12-17
Jared Breen .299 32 55 9 2 5 33 .451

.399

9-10
Josh Davis .295 26 38 11 0 0 22 .380

.408

8-10
Judah Akers .286 36 55 10 1 10 41 .505

.387

2-5
Drew Ferguson .282 40 53 12 1 3 24 .404

.439

13-15
Scott Moses .265 22 40 3 1 2 21 .338

.339

8-8

A look at this weekend's likely starters for Belmont:

Day Player ERA W-L G-GS IP Hits Runs ER BB SO Avg.
THU Chase Brookshire 1.12 4-1 9-9 56.0 34 9 7 8 61 .179
FRI Dan Ludwig 2.55 11-1 18-12 88.1 85 30 25 21 69 .262
SAT James Buckelew
5.51
5-4
14-13
67.0
71
46
41
40
40
.272

CATCHING UP WITH TECH

LAST FIVE GAMES FOR
THE GOLDEN EAGLES

Date H/A/N Opponent Result Score
May 4 Away Western Carolina L 6-1
May 10 Away Southeast Missouri* W 16-1
May 11 Away Southeast Missouri* W 11-6
May 12 Away Southeast Missouri* W 5-1
May 14 Home Lipscomb W 10-9

A look at the top seven offensive weapons for the Golden Eagles:

Player Avg. Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SLG% OB% SB-SA
James Abraham .350 37 63 7 1 1 26 .417 .440 14-16
Daniel Miles .347 36 61 11 3 10 44 .614 .420 2-2
Zach Stephens .333 51 67 15 1 13 63 .612 .441 0-0
Dylan Bosheers .325 34 63 17 2 5 39 .510 .390 6-6
Zach Zarzour .308 51 60 11 2 1 24 .400 .410 13-17
Austin Wulf .300 46 62 16 1 1 31 .401 .399 9-11
Brandon Thomasson .292 49 62 18 3 12 51 .575 .376 0-0

A look at this weekend's likely starter for Tennessee Tech:

Day Player ERA W-L G-GS IP Hits Runs ER BB SO Avg.
THU Tristan Archer 3.43 8-4 13-13 84.0 85 39 32 19 85 .262
FRI Ross Spurgeon 4.70 2-3 16-7 46.0 50 30 24 15 36 .282
SAT Jacob Honea 5.24 3-1 13-12 56.2 64 38 33 27 55 .286