NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to stay in the race for the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title, Belmont University Baseball plays host to Murray State University for a series this weekend. First pitch of the series is slated for 4:00 p.m. CT Thursday, April 17 at E.S. Rose Park.
BATTLE AT THE TOP
This weekend's series will greatly affect the race for the OVC regular season title. Murray State enters the weekend tied with Jacksonville State for first place in the OVC with a conference record of 10-5. Belmont and Austin Peay, who have played one more conference series than the first-place teams, sit just a half game back with 11-7 conference records.
Freshman pitcher Joshua South (Cookeville, Tenn.) is the reigning OVC Co-Pitcher of the Week. The honor came after South threw his second complete game of the season, this time against Jacksonville State. In this appearance, South allowed just three hits and faced the minimum in six of his nine innings. Week after week, he continues to impress, going deep into his outings. He has thrown a team high 53.0 innings this season.
Senior Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) continues to be impressive on the bump, climbing up the BU record books. After last weekend, his 251 career strikeouts are tied for the third most in Belmont history. He is also on pace to break the single-season strikeout record. Queener leads the OVC with 79 strikeouts, 23 of those looking. Not only does Queener sit atop the conference in several statistical categories, but he is also among the nation's best. He has struck out the 12thmost batters in the nation and has the 11thbest mark in strikeouts per nine innings.
STEAL YOUR BASE
Senior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) is climbing up the record books in yet another category. With his fifth stolen bag of the season against Western Kentucky on Tuesday, he moved into fourth place in career stolen bases with 45. Hadden has already broken the Belmont record for all-time career walks.
Sophomore Kyle Brennan (Franklin, Tenn.) has thrown 25-straight scoreless innings, dating back to March 2 against Bowling Green State University. In this stretch, he has walked just two batters and has notched 12 strikeouts. This stretch includes two outings that have been longer than five innings.
Live stats and an audio stream will be available for all games this weekend. The games will also be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans are also encouraged to follow @belmontbaseball on twitter for live updates.