The East Central University baseball team is set to play four-straight games at Tiger Field, starting with a three-game Great American Conference series with Henderson State today and Saturday. ECU and HSU will play a single game today at 1 p.m. and a double-header Saturday starting at noon. The Tigers will then host Hillsdale Freewill
Baptist College, Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Scouting Henderson State
The Reddies are 2-9 overall and 2-1 in the GAC after winning the final two games of the series against Southeastern Oklahoma State last weekend and then falling to Arkansas Tech in non-conference action Feb. 18.
HSU as a .240 overall team batting average and is allowing its opponents to hit at a .279 mark. The Reddies are also being out 73-84.
Joseph Gary is the team's batting leader, with a .300 average, six hits, three runs scored and five RBIs. Lee Richardson is next with a .280 average, seven hits and three RBIs.
Jay Hawley and Colton Lorance are the two pitchers that have seen the most action on the mound. Hawley has a 2.13 ERA, 0-1 record, 12 hits allowed and seven strikeouts. Lorance has allowed 14 hits, struck out seven and has a 1-0 record.
Against the Reddies
Last season, HSU earned wins in all three games against the Tigers in Arkadelphia.
ECU was led by sophomore Brandon Maggia, with a .333 batting average. Senior Ethan Gold added three hits. Senior Robert Buitrago is the only returning pitcher with experience against HSU, going 0-1 and recording a 7.71 ERA.
Matt Evans is the top returner at the plate for the Reddies, with a .364 average, four hits and two RBIs. Jordan Wright is the top returning pitcher, with a 0.00 ERA, one hit allowed and three K's.
Pomales Pounding Away
Junior Luc Pomales had a strong week for the Tigers, with seven hits, four RBIs and two runs scored against Ouachita Baptist and Texas Wesleyan. Pomales tallied one home run, a slugging percentage of .667, a .467 hitting percentage, stole a base and was 8-for-8 in the field.
Batters Fanning at Flemming
Junior Icezack Flemming has had a strong start to his Tiger career in his first two appearances. Flemming has tallied a total of 22 strikeouts and thrown two complete games. His strikeout total was bolstered with 15 against Newman. For his efforts he is currently ranked No. 1 in the GAC in strikeouts (32), No. 1 in complete games (2) and No. 6 in innings pitched (18.0) and No. 9 in opponent batting average (.214).
Donohoe Sparking the Tigers
Junior Garrett Donohoe has been a spark in the Tigers line up in 2014. Donohoe has five hits, including three doubles and a home run in his first six games. He has a .333 batting average and a .733 slugging percentage. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the league in doubles (4), slugging percentage (.733) and No. 68 in total bases (17) and No. 1 in home runs (2).
The Tigers will hit the road for the next week of competition, with a three-game GAC series at Arkansas Tech (Feb. 28-March 1) and a non-conference game at Oklahoma Christian (March 4).