NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Baseball opens Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Eastern Kentucky. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 9th at E.S. Rose Park.
Both squads are coming off mid-week losses. The Bruins lost a matchup against Western Kentucky Tuesday while the Colonels dropped a pair of mid-week games against the University of Kentucky and ETSU.
Sophomore Matt Cogen (Franklin, Tenn.) currently leads the team with a .400 batting average and .640 slugging percentage. Cogen has rocketed four doubles, a triple, and two home-runs on 20 hits. He has also driven in a team-high 13 RBIs.
Junior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) leads the team with seven stolen bases. Hadden is currently a perfect 7-7 on stolen base attempts. He not only leads the team, but also leads the conference in stolen bases. The Belmont squad has stolen the second most bases in the OVC (19).
The Bruins have hit 40 doubles on the season, the most in the Ohio Valley Conference. BU currently averages the most doubles per-game in the country (3.33).
Belmont sits in the top-three of the conference in eight statistical categories. BU leads the OVC in total doubles (40) and assists (147). The Bruins are second in the OVC in slugging percentage (.419), total bases (179), stolen bases (19), and double plays (12). The squad has the third best batting average (.272) and the third most hits (116).
Scouting the Colonels
Head Coach Edwin Thompson is at the helm of the EKU squad for his third season. Eastern Kentucky is 5-8 on the season. The Colonels come to Nashville coming off a pair of mid-week losses to the University of Kentucky and Eastern Tennessee State University. Ryland Kerr leads the Eastern Kentucky offense coming into the weekend with a squad-high batting average of .373. Kerr has four doubles, a triple, and seven RBIs on the season. Starting on the mound Friday will be Aaron Ochsenbein. He boasts a 4.15 ERA, sitting down 14 in 13 innings. Austin Perry (3.55 ERA) will make the start Saturday with Logan Teague (6.32 ERA) starting on the bump Sunday.
Belmont and the Colonels are knotted up at 10-10 all time. The last meeting between the two programs was the opening weekend of conference play in 2017. BU lost the first game of the series before defeating the Colonels on Saturday and Sunday in Kentucky.
Fans can follow @belmontbaseball on twitter for live updates as well as watch on the OVC Digital Network. Audio will be provided on Friday and Saturday via the Bruin Sports Network.