COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- A bevy of players, both familiar and new, will play a huge factor for head coach Matt Bragga’s Tennessee Tech baseball team in the upcoming 2012 season.
An experienced pitching staff is set to return for the Golden Eagles in the 2012 season, just two seasons removed from winning the 2010 OVC regular season championship. Assistant coach Don Suttles returns for his sophomore season at the helm of the pitching staff and will continue to mold the returning pitchers and several new faces that will ascend the mound this season.
"We quite a few of our starters back from last season, plus a lot of experience coming back in our relief core," Bragga said.
Roach and Lucio will serve dual roles both on the mound and in the field, while Williams and Bryant will be good matchup options for the Golden Eagles down the stretch.
The Golden Eagles will have several options catcher this season, but none stands out more than senior Ben Burgess.
Burgess has been the mainstay battery mate for the last two seasons that included an OVC championship. During his junior campaign he started in all 54 games drove in 21 runs and scored 35 runs. He also threw out 14 base stealers and picked off four runners.
The Tech infield should feature plenty of familiar faces as senior Chad Hayes, junior Zephan Guyear, and freshman Zach Stephens return with a combined total of 146 games played last season.
"The infield should look pretty similar to last season," Bragga said.
With two of Tech’s mainstays from the outfield last season departing, Tech fans can expect to see some new faces roam around the outfield, but there will be one familiar face in junior Austin Wulf.
Morris hit .288 in 29 games last season, which included a home run and a double.
The 2012 schedule should prove interesting as the Golden Eagles will host 30 games at home and take on some of the best teams the NCAA has to offer.