April 18, 2011

Baseball team plays under the lights Tuesday at home against Belmont

COOKVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech baseball team returns from a 2-1 series victory over Eastern Illinois to host the Belmont Bruins Tuesday in the first night game of the season at Bush Stadium.

Having already hung a 9-7 victory on Belmont earlier this season, Tech will look to complete the season sweep Tuesday evening on their home turf. The Golden Eagles currently sit with a 15-19 record on the year and a 5-4 stand in conference play after notching a pair of back-to-back 3-2 wins over the Panthers of Eastern Illinois this past weekend.

The Golden Eagles are still led at the plate by sophomore Evan Frazier with his .348 mark in 89 at-bats. He's clocked 31 hits, including five homers so far this year, and is slugging a .562. Frazier is followed closely by junior Chad Hayes, who's upped his average to a .325, going 39-120 in the batter's box. Both have recorded 19 RBI for the team, while freshman Zach Stephens and senior Chad Oberacker lead in that category with 33 runs batted in apiece.

Stephens went 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first outing against Belmont, while Hayes chipped in with a 2-for-4, solo RBI effort.

Belmont meanwhile has a 20-17 overall record and an even 9-9 stand in the Atlantic Sun. They are led by Craig Dylan at the plate, hitting at a .338 mark in a team-high 145 at-bats. He's brought home 24 runs for the Bruins and has eight extra-base hits on the season. Dylan is followed by Nate Woods, who leads the team with 32 RBI and six homers on the season, batting a .317 and slugging a team-high .548.

James Buckelew will take the mound first on Tuesday night; the southpaw Bruin has a 1-5 record on the season with a 6.87 ERA in 38 innings pitched. He will be making his eighth start of the year and 10th appearance overall.

TTU's starting pitcher has yet to be determined.

Fans who can not make it out to Bush Stadium for Tuesday's nightcap can follow the action on the LiveStats here.