Baseball to Host LaGrange in Midweek Matchup
The Emory University Baseball Team will return home to host another in-state opponent this week, when the Eagles welcome the LaGrange College Panthers to Chappell Park on Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00 PM.
Fans can follow Wednesday's game from home with live statistics at http://www.go.emory.edu/LiveStats/Base/XLIVE.HTM and a live video webcast at http://emoryathletics.com/sports/bsb/live. The video will be free to view in standard definition, with a high definition upgrade available for $6.00.
Emory will enter the game with an overall record of 5-2, including a 1-0 record at home this season. The Eagles are coming off a series win over Piedmont College last weekend, during which the squad defeated the Lions 4-3 at home, and split a doubleheader in Demorest, winning the early game 9-3 and falling in the late contest 14-9. The team is batting .302 this season and averaging 9.0 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA and a .304 opponents' batting average.
Emory is led by Mike Twardoski, who is in his 15th season as a head coach, all of which have been spent at the Eagles' helm. Twardoski has a career 416-198-1 ledger since taking over the position prior to the 2000 season, and has led the Eagles to eight UAA Championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the World Series and a second-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships. He is assisted by Associate Coach Bobby Perez and Pitching Coach Connor McGuiness, along with former major league reliever Greg McMichael.
The Panthers opened the season with a series against Birmingham-Southern College last weekend, losing 1-0 on Friday in Birmingham, AL, before dropping both games of a doubleheader at home on Sunday, 6-3, and 6-2. LaGrange is coming off a 22-23 in 2013, including a 6-11 road record. The team has a .140 batting average through their first three games of 2014, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 3.00, with an opponents' batting average of .206.
LaGrange is led by Head Coach David Kelton, who is in his first year at the team's helm after serving as an assistant coach for the past four years. He is assisted by Matt East and Steven Brown.
Emory is 30-9 all-time against LaGrange, including a 13-4 record in games played at Chappell Park. Emory has won four-straight games against the Panthers (dating back to the start of the 2012 season), and seven of the last eight meetings.
Last year, the Eagles took both games of the series, winning 6-1 at Chappell Park and 8-4 in LaGrange. Senior Jared Kahn led all Emory hitters with a .667 average in the games (four-for-six) with four runs scored and two RBIs. Junior Connor Dillman started and earned wins in both games against the Panthers last year, striking out 10 and holding Piedmont without an earned run over 12 innings of work.
Emory junior outfielder Brett Lake was named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week, after opening the season with a .548 average, 11 runs batted in and five doubles over the team's first seven games… Lake has at least two hits through each of the team's first seven games… He has hit safely in his last eight games, dating back to last season… Senior designated hitter/ outfielder Daniel Iturrey was named the University Athletic Association's (UAA) Hitter of the Week, after batting .417 with four RBIs and his first home run of the season last weekend… Freshman pitcher Hans Hansen was selected as the UAA's Pitcher of the Week, after picking up the win in a 9-3 victory against Piedmont on Sunday… Hansen struck out six without walking a batter over six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits… Emory hitters are batting .309 (21-for-68) against lefties this season and .299 (55-for-184) against righties, while the team's pitchers are allowing a .288 batting average (61-for-212) to righties and a .429 average (12-for-28) to lefties.