Golden Eagles look to gain ground against Jacksonville State in OVC, home finale

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech baseball team will honor its seniors this weekend, as the Golden Eagles host Jacksonville State in their final home series of the season to wrap up Ohio Valley Conference play May 9 and 10. The Golden Eagles and Gamecocks will square off in a double-header beginning Saturday at 1 p.m., and finish with a single game on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

Tech enters the weekend at 7-11-1 in league play, and is currently tied for seventh place, just a half game behind Eastern Kentucky for the sixth and final spot in the OVC tournament. Tech owns the tie-breaker over the Colonels, who have the league’s top two teams, Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri, on the last two weeks of their conference schedule.

After blasting his 14th home run of the season against Murray State last weekend, Tech sophomore A.J. Kirby-Jones has moved into a tie for fourth place in single-season homers at Tech. The all-time single-season record is 20 set by Jeremy Bonczynski in 1997.

The Gamecocks come to Cookeville with a 10-7 league record, and currently sit in fourth place in the OVC standings. JSU is led by a pair of freshmen pitchers who rank fourth and fifth in the OVC in ERA. Austin Lucas holds a 3.40 ERA, while Tanner Freshour has an ERA of 3.67.

The Golden Eagles will wrap up the regular season May 14-16 with a three-game series in Hattiesburg, Miss. against Southern Mississippi of Conference USA. Tech previously beat C-USA opponent Marshall 1-0 on February 27 at t he Citadel Shootout in Charleston, S.C.