NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball will return home to continue Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend. The Bruins will welcome Eastern Illinois University for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch of the series is slated for 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday at E.S. Rose Park. Game two will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT with a series finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CT.
The Bruins and Panthers are all tied up with a series record of 11-11-1. The first of the 23 meetings were in 2001. Last season, the Panthers won the series in Charleston, Ill., taking games one and two from Belmont. In addition, Eastern Illinois finished 8thin the OVC last season, narrowly edging Belmont out of the conference tournament.
Belmont is now in a four-way tie atop the Ohio Valley Conference. The Bruins share the top with Austin Peay, Jacksonville State and Murray State. Belmont and Austin Peay both have records of 8-4 with Jacksonville State and Murray State boasting records of 6-3. Jacksonville State and Murray State are, however, tied with Belmont and Austin Peay with a 0.667 conference winning percentage.
Sophomore Kyle Brennan (Franklin, Tenn.) has been incredibly impressive as a reliever on the mound this season. He has thrown 16-straight scoreless innings, dating back to March 2against Bowling Green State University. In this stretch he has walked just two batters and has notched 12 strikeouts.
BUSTER POSEY WATCH LIST
Sophomore Jackson Campbell (Russellville, Ky.) was named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List on Tuesday. The award honors the nation's best catcher. Campbell is one of 79 catchers on the list.
Belmont has turned an impressive 19 double plays in OVC games, ranking second in the conference. Senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) has been involved in 16 of those double plays at second base.
Campbell has been impressive behind the plate for the Bruins this season. In addition to his conference-best 221 putouts, Campbell has caught 13 runners stealing, the most of any catcher in the OVC.
Senior Casey Queener (Brentwood, Tenn.) has been a powerful force on the mound and the leader of the Belmont pitching staff. He leads the OVC with 72 strikeouts, 23 of those looking. Opponents are hitting just .183 off Queener, the second-best mark in the conference. 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 third most batters in the nation and has the fifth best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.80). In addition, he strikes out an impressive 14.84 batters per nine innings.
RECORD BOOK WATCH
Queener is climbing up the Belmont record book this season. His 244 career strikeouts are the fourth most of any Bruin and he is on pace to break the single-season strikeout record.
All of this weekend's games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Live stats and audio streaming will also be available. As always, fans can follow @belmontbaseball on twitter for live updates.