No. 1 seeded Golden Eagles head to Oxford, Ala. for OVC Tournament

No. 1 seeded Golden Eagles head to Oxford, Ala. for OVC Tournament

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

Tennessee Tech Baseball OVC Tournament Preview  (5/17)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It's time for the postseason for the Tennessee Tech baseball team, as the Golden Eagles will make their way south to Oxford, Ala. for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament from Tuesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 28.

Hosted at Choccolocco Park, Tech enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after capturing its ninth OVC regular season championship in program history. The OVC Tournament will open Tuesday evening with a single-elimination contest between the No. 7 seeded Austin Peay Governors and No. 8 seeded UT Martin Skyhawks.

The Golden Eagles will receive a bye into the third round of the tournament, not playing their first contest until Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m. CT. Tech will face off against the winner between the No. 4 seeded Jacksonville State Gamecocks and No. 5 Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

All tournament action will be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network while select Golden Eagle contests will be available on 106.1 The Eagle with Dylan Vazzano on the call.

Fans are encouraged to follow social media, the TTUsports.com and OVCsports.com websites for updates concerning any game time changes or delays with inclement weather expected in the Oxford area throughout the week.

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#1 TENNESSEE TECH GOLDEN EAGLES
2017 Record: 37-19
2017 OVC Record: 23-7 (1st)
Head Coach: Matt Bragga
TTU: 390-378-2 (14th season)
Career: 517-472-2 (18th season)
Since 2008: 318-242-2

 

 

TEAM STATS (National Rank)
AVG: .317 (12)
H: 654 (3)
2B: 134 (4)
3B: 11 (136)
HR: 87 (2)
R: 457 (5)
R/G: 8.2 (7)
SLG%: .519 (3)
OB%: .389 (33)
BB: 208 (137)
HBP: 49 (129)
SB: 41 (182)
ERA: 5.25 (185)
WIN%: .661 (36)
K/9: 9.4 (12)
SH/O: 3 (89)
FLD%: .973 (79)

BATTING LEADERS (National Rank)
AVG: Trevor Putzig – .388 (16)
H: Trevor Putzig – 81 (27)
2B: Ryan Flick – 23 (8)
3B: Three players tied – 2 (NR)
HR: Chase Chambers – 16 (19)
RBI: Chase Chambers – 59 (26)
R: Alex Junior – 60 (15)
SLG%: Ryan Flick – .683 (15)
OB%: Ryan Flick – .469 (41)
BB: Ryan Flick – 35 (125)
HBP: Chase Chambers – 13 (63)
SB: Collin Harris – 13 (NR)
Toughest to K: Trevor Putzig – 11.0 AB/K (75)




PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Michael Wood – 4.71 (NR)*
WINS: Michael Wood – 8 (33)
APP: Ethan Roberts – 20 (NR)
IP: Michael Wood – 80.1 (NA)
K: Michael Wood – 77 (150)
SV: Ethan Roberts – 13 (10)
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played

 

 

 

 



 

#2 MOREHEAD STATE EAGLES
2017 Record: 34-21
2017 OVC Record: 18-11 (2nd)
Head Coach: Mike McGuire
MSU: 149-138 (5th season)
Career: Same

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Eli Boggess – .434
H: Will Schneider – 85
2B: Reid Leonard – 21
3B: Tyler Neimann / Will Schneider – 3
HR: Niko Hulsizer – 24
RBI: Niko Hulsizer – 74
R: Niko Hulsizer – 64
BB: Reid Leonard – 35
SB: Tyler Niemann – 8

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Aaron Leasher – 4.22*
WINS: Aaron Leasher – 8
APP: Cable Wright – 24
IP: Aaron Leasher – 85.1
K: Aaron Leasher – 96
SV: David Calderon / Cable Wright – 4
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

#3 BELMONT BRUINS
2017 Record: 28-27
2017 OVC Record: 17-13 (T-3rd)
Head Coach: Dave Jarvis
BU: 586-524-2 (5th season)
Career: 910-676-2 (27th season)

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Nick Egli – .360
H: Nick Egli – 68
2B: Nick Egli – 17
3B: Kyle Conger – 3
HR: Nick Egli – 16
RBI: Nick Egli – 51
R: Nick Egli – 48
BB: Nick Egli – 34
SB: Tyler Walsh – 19

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Dylan King – 3.71*
WINS: Connor Etheridge – 4
APP: Kyle Klotz – 42
IP: Tyler Vaughn – 88.2
K: Dylan King – 103
SV: Dom Veltri – 8
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

#4 JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS
2017 Record: 30-24
2017 OVC Record: 17-13 (T-3rd)
Head Coach: Jim Case
JSU: 162-150 (16th season)
Career: Same

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Clayton Daniel – .336
H: Clayton Daniel – 80
2B: Trent Simpson – 18
3B: Clayton Daniel / Taylor Hawthorne – 2
HR: Trent Simpson – 9
RBI: Trent Simpson – 45
R: Clayton Daniel – 45
BB: Nolan Greckel – 38
SB: Clayton Daniel – 7

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Joe McGuire – 3.20*
WINS: Joe McGuire – 8
APP: Grant Chandler – 25
IP: Derrick Adams – 79.0
K: Derrick Adams – 84
SV: Justin Hoyt – 9
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

 

#5 SOUTHEAST MISSOURI REDHAWKS
2017 Record: 28-24
2017 OVC Record: 16-14 (5th)
Head Coach: Andy Sawyers
SEMO: 28-24 (1st season)
Career: Same

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Dan Holst – .383
H: Chris Osborne – 76
2B: Brian Lees – 16
3B: Three players tied – 3
HR: Tristen Gagan – 12
RBI: Tristen Gagan – 60
R: Dan Holst / Chris Osborne – 55
BB: Dan Holst – 48
SB: Dan Holst – 13

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Justin Murphy – 4.40*
WINS: Clay Chandler – 8
APP: Jared Waldhoff – 28
IP: Justin Murphy – 90.0
K: Clay Chandler – 63
SV: Carlos Vega – 6
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

#6 MURRAY STATE RACERS
2017 Record: 27-28
2017 OVC Record: 15-15 (6th)
Head Coach: Kevin Moulder
MSU: 70-97 (3rd season)
Career: Same

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Brandon Gutzler – .360
H: Brandon Gutzler – 80
2B: Davis Sims – 17
3B: Adam Bauer – 4
HR: Brandon Gutzler – 16
RBI: Brandon Gutzler – 70
R: Brandon Gutzler – 80
BB: Adam Bauer – 45
SB: Aaron Bence – 20

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Austin Dubsky – 5.98*
WINS: Ryan Dills – 4
APP: Alec Whaley – 25
IP: Ryan Dills – 80.0
K: Ryan Dills – 87
SV: Chad Gendron – 7
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

#7 AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS
2017 Record: 26-28
2017 OVC Record: 13-16 (7th)
Head Coach: Travis Janssen
APSU: 56-51 (2nd season)
Career: 149-141 (7th season)

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Dre Gleason – .338
H: Alex Robles – 70
2B: Cayce Bredlau – 16
3B: Imani Willis – 4
HR: Chase Hamilton – 13
RBI: Dre Gleason – 54
R: Parker Phillips – 47
BB: Dre Gleason – 34
SB: Imani Willis – 16

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Josh Rye – 4.34*
WINS: Alex Robles / Josh Rye – 6
APP: Zach Neff – 22
IP: Alex Robles – 71.2
K: Alex Robles – 84
SV: Zach Neff / Levi Primasing – 3
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played
                                                                   

 

#8 UT MARTIN SKYHAWKS
2017 Record: 25-29
2017 OVC Record: 12-18 (T-8th)
Head Coach: Rick Robinson
UTM: 61-99 (3rd season)
Career: 760-370 (20th season)

BATTING LEADERS
AVG: Tanner Wessling – .357
H: Tanner Wessling – 76
2B: Dan Kerwin – 16
3B: Creighton Eldridge – 6
HR: Dan Kerwin – 10
RBI: Tanner Wessling – 39
R: Connor Aube – 47
BB: Creighton Eldridge – 28
SB: Connor Aube – 15

PITCHING LEADERS
ERA: Dalton Westfall – 5.05*
WINS: Alex Evans – 8
APP: Alex Evans – 27
IP: Dalton Westfall – 76.2
K: Dalton Westfall – 80
SV: Alex Evans – 4
*1.0 inning pitched per team game played

 

Photo by Tony Marable