No. 19 Golden Eagles return to Nashville for tilt at Vanderbilt

No. 19 Golden Eagles return to Nashville for tilt at Vanderbilt

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

Tennessee Tech Baseball Midweek Preview (5/7)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Tennessee Tech baseball team will make its return to Nashville Tuesday evening, taking on Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field in a 6:30 p.m. CT match-up.

The Golden Eagles enter the contest having won 31 of their past 32 games, including a three-game sweep over in-state rival Belmont over the weekend, which clinched Tech at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title for the second straight year. Tech earned its first national ranking from Perfect Game Monday morning, coming in at No. 25 nationally. The team is now ranked in all six national polls for the first time in program history.

The Golden Eagle offense has continued its record-setting pace in 2018, leading the nation in batting average (.353), hits (613), home runs (106), home runs per game (2.30), on base percentage (.445), runs (506), scoring (11.0), slugging percentage (.620) and win/loss percentage (.870). The Golden Eagles also rank second in doubles (116), second in doubled per game (2.52) and seventh in base on balls (264).

Several Tech players rank among the national leaders in several categories as well:

Batting Average - Kevin Strohschein (9th)
Hits - Kevin Strohschein (2nd)
Hits Per Game - Kevin Strohschein (2nd)
On Base Percentage - Chase Chambers (8th)
RBI - Trevor Putzig (4th), Chase Chambers (5th), David Garza (8th)
RBI Per Game - Trevor Putzig (3rd), Chase Chambers (6th), David Garza (9th)
Runs - Alex Junior (1st), Chase Chambers (3rd), David Garza (7th), John Ham (8th)
Runs Per Game - Alex Junior (1st), Chase Chambers (3rd), John Ham (6th), David Garza (8th), Trevor Putzig (9th)
Sacrifice Flies - Trevor Putzig (1st)
Slugging Percentage - Kevin Strohschein (8th)
Total Bases - Kevin Strohschein (1st)
Victories - Travis Moths (2nd)

#19 Tennessee Tech (40-6) at Vanderbilt (25-22)

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Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 pm | Nashville, Tenn. | Hawkins Field (3,626) | STATS | VIDEO | AUDIO 
TTU Devin Lancaster (RHP)
4-1 | 5.09 ERA | 35.1 IP | 26 K | 15 BB

2018 Record: 40-6
2018 OVC Record: 22-2 (1st)
Head Coach: Matt Bragga
TTU: 433-386-2 (15th Season)
Career: 558-480-2 (19th Season)
Since 2008: 320-228-2 

AVG: Kevin Strohschein (.408)
2B: John Ham (15)
3B: 4 players tied (3)
HR: Kevin Strohschein (15)
RBI: Trevor Putzig (62)
R: Alex Junior (66)
BB: 3 players tied (37)
SB: Collin Harris (7)
ERA: Ethan Roberts (2.00)
W: Travis Moths (10)
APP: Ethan Roberts (18)
IP: Travis Moths (67.2)
K: Travis Moths (73)
SV: Ethan Roberts (11)

2018 Record: 25-22
2018 SEC Record: 11-13 (T-4th East)
Head Coach: Tim Corbin
VU: 671-337-1 (16th Season)
Career: 777-475-1 (21st Season)

AVG: Austin Martin (.327)
2B: Ethan Paul (12)
3B: Alonzo Jones (3)
HR: Ethan Paul (8)
RBI: Ethan Paul (38)
R: Pat DeMarco (36)
BB: Connor Kaiser (26)
SB: Austin Martin (18)
ERA: Maddux Conger (2.70)
W: Mason Hickman (7)
APP: Zach King (15)
IP: Drake Fellows (70.2)
K: Drake Fellows (80)
SV: Tyler Brown / Zach King (3)

Photo by Tony Marable