NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University baseball will be back on the diamond as it participates in the Mule Mix classic this weekend. Belmont will play a different opponent each day of the four-day tournament starting Feb. 21. Western Michigan, Bradley, Northern Illinois and Toledo will all make the trip to Middle Tennessee for the tournament.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Belmont will look to bounce back after being swept on opening weekend by Illinois State. Preseason All-OVC selection senior Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) got the opening day starting nod on the bump. All told, he struck out nine batters in four and two-thirds innings of work. His nine strikeouts lead the Ohio Valley Conference after the first weekend of play. Junior Chandler Adkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) made his Belmont debut this past weekend. Adkins, who scored two runs and added an RBI on the weekend showed a good eye, earning a league-high five walks last weekend. Senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) was a bright spot for the Bruins at the plate. The second baseman notched five hits, scored two runs and drove four batters in on opening weekend.
Several Bruins made their debut this weekend including freshmen Tommy Crider (Madison, Ala.), John Behrends (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.), Jack Capobianco (London, Ky.) and junior Hagan Severance (Brentwood, Tenn.). Crider was impressive with a team-high .400 batting average on the weekend, notching four hits and an RBI. Capobianco, along with his three RBI, was especially impressive on defense as shortstop. He made several smooth and impressive plays in the infield on the weekend.
Belmont leads the all-time series 1-0 over Western Michigan. The Broncos travelled to Nashville in 2016 and Belmont won the matchup 3-1. WMU is 0-3 on the year after a three-game series at fellow OVC team Southeast Missouri. The Broncos are hitting .248 and have a team ERA of 7.88.
Belmont and Bradley are no strangers. Friday's matchup will be decisive in the series record, with the teams tied 6-6. Last season the Bruins welcomed the Braves for a three-game series in which Bradley won all three games. Bradley sits at 2-1 on the season and are batting .276 as a team with an ERA 5.54.
Belmont and Northern Illinois have met four times with an overall record of 2-2. The teams last met in 2016 when Belmont took the series 2-1. The Huskies are 0-4 on the season, batting .194 with an ERA of 7.20.
Toledo leads the series 4-3 with the last meeting coming in 2015. In that meeting, Belmont won game 18-5. Toledo is 2-1 on the season with a team batting average of .296 and team ERA of 8.31.
Head Coach Dave Jarvis previews this weekend's tournament! pic.twitter.com/JqpmLUrrqh— Belmont Baseball (@BelmontBaseball) February 20, 2019
Thursday Feb. 21: Belmont vs Western Michigan, E.S. Rose Park, 4:00 p.m. CT
Friday Feb. 22: Belmont vs Bradley, E.S. Rose Park, 4:00 p.m. CT
Saturday Feb. 23: Belmont vs Northern Illinois, E.S. Rose Park, 12:00 p.m. CT
Sunday Feb. 24: Belmont vs Toledo, E.S. Rose Park, 1:00 p.m. CT
Live stats will be available for all games with radio available Friday and Sunday. Fans can go to the schedule on www.belmontbruins.com for links. Fans can also follow @belmontbruins on twitter for live updates.