NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After postponing last week's midweek matchup with Southern Illinois University, the team's will finally meet at E.S. Rose Park Wednesday, Feb. 27. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m. CT.
Belmont baseball has been plagued by mother nature early on this season. The first two weekends of play were wet and rainy with rainfall causing flooding over the Middle Tennessee area. Luckily, the Bruins play on a turf field and were able to get in all four games of the Mule Mix Classic last week, playing Thursday, Saturday and a double-header Sunday. Wednesday's weather looks to be the best weather yet of the season with a forecast of sunny skies and a high of 67 degrees.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) was named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week the league announced this Monday. Last weekend, Queener struck out 11 and walked only one in seven innings as Belmont picked up its first win of the season last Thursday, topping Western Michigan 2-1. The senior scattered four hits and left the game around seven innings with a 1-0 lead. He struck out at least one batter in each of his seven innings and had multiple strikeouts in four of his frames.
MULE MIX CLASSIC
Last week, Belmont competed in the Mule Mix classic hosting Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Toledo. The Bruins were scheduled to play Bradley on Friday, but that game was rained out, so Belmont played a double-header against Toledo on Sunday. The Bruins got in the win column during the tournament, winning two of its four games. Belmont opened the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan before falling to Northern Illinois on Saturday. The Bruins split Sunday's double-header dropping the first game before defeating Toledo 10-7 in game two.
Freshman Tommy Crider (Madison, Ala.) was a spark for the Bruins at the plate last weekend. Crider batted .400 on the weekend with four hits and two RBI. His on base percentage of .647 was also the highest on the squad setting up his two stolen bases. Senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) has been a consistent bat for the Bruins, notching at least one hit in every game of the season and adding six RBI.
SCOUTING THE SALUKIS
Southern Illinois, being similarly plagued by weather early this season, have played just five games. The Salukis are currently 2-3 on the season, opening up with a three-game series against Nicholls and, most recently, playing two games at Memphis last weekend. The squad has struggled offensively, batting just .191 so far on the season. Ian Walters has notched a team-high six hits on the season, one of just six Saluki's with multi-hit seasons. Opponents have been hitting 2.52 against SIU for a team ERA of 3.45.
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