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.
August 6, 2014 2014 Emory Baseball Season Recap
May 30, 2014 Hannon Named Capital One Academic All-American
May 23, 2014 Lake & Welch Claim National Honors
May 20, 2014 Welch & Monk Named UAA Athletes of the Week
May 19, 2014 Four Eagles Earn D3Baseball.com All-Region Accolades
May 14, 2014 #22 Emory Opens NCAAs with 4-2 Win over Rhodes
May 12, 2014 #24/30 Emory Heads to Demorest for NCAA Regionals
May 12, 2014 Emory Baseball Named to the NCAA Championship Field
April 29, 2014 Dillman Named UAA Athlete of the Week
April 25, 2014 Dillman Strikes out 14 as Emory Blanks Huntingdon 8-0
April 24, 2014 Eagles to Wrap-Up Regular Season against Huntingdon
April 22, 2014 Baseball vs. LaGrange Postponed Until Wednesday
April 22, 2014 Hansen Claims Fourth Conference Pitcher of the Week Honor
April 19, 2014 Emory Falls to NAIA #4 Georgia Gwinnett on Senior Day
April 18, 2014 Friday Baseball at Georgia Gwinnett Rained Out
April 16, 2014 Emory Shuts Out Berry 5-0 to Sweep Season Series
April 14, 2014 Emory Baseball vs. Berry Postponed Until Wednesday
April 12, 2014 Eagles Hold on for 5-4 Win over Southwestern
April 11, 2014 Hannon Records 200th Hit in 10-2 Win over Southwestern
April 1, 2014 Dillman & Maldari Named Association Players of the Week
March 31, 2014 29th-Ranked Emory to Play at Berry College on Tuesday
March 30, 2014 #29 Emory Splits Doubleheader with #10 Birmingham-So.
March 28, 2014 Weather Forces Changes to Weekend Baseball Schedule
March 28, 2014 #29 Emory to Face #10 BSC in Key Weekend Series
March 26, 2014 #29 Emory Falls in Ninth Inning to Centre College
March 25, 2014 Kahn & Hansen Named UAA Hitter & Pitcher of the Week
March 25, 2014 Kahn Named to D3Baseball.com Team of the Week
March 23, 2014 Emory Wins Fourth-Straight with 7-1 Victory over DePauw
March 22, 2014 Sunday Baseball Game vs. DePauw moved to 2 PM
March 22, 2014 Emory Baseball Sweeps DePauw in Saturday Doubleheader
March 21, 2014 Hannon & Lake Named to All-UAA Tournament Team
March 20, 2014 Emory Returns Home to Host Weekend Series against DePauw
March 16, 2014 Emory Defeats Brandeis to win 12th UAA Championship
March 13, 2014 Eagles win Third-Straight at UAA Baseball Championships
March 12, 2014 Lake & Weeg Earn Weekly Honors
March 11, 2014 Emory Defeats Wash U. 8-2 at UAA Championships
March 10, 2014 Emory Baseball Splits Doubleheader during Day 2 of UAAs
March 9, 2014 Eagles Strike First at UAAs with 7-3 Win over Wash U.
March 6, 2014 2014 UAA Baseball Championship Preview
March 5, 2014 Emory Rally Falls Short in 7-6 Loss to Oglethorpe
March 4, 2014 Peacock Named to D3Baseball.com Team of the Week
March 2, 2014 Peacock Hits Third HR in 14-2 Emory Rout of Rochester
February 26, 2014 Baseball to Wrap-Up Home Stand against Rochester (Mich.)
February 25, 2014 Emory Bats Come Alive in 13-4 Win over Oglethorpe
February 24, 2014 Baseball Aims to Bounce Back against Oglethorpe
February 23, 2014 Rough Eighth Inning Sends Emory to 12-9 Defeat at Methodist
February 22, 2014 Eagles Shutout 1-0 at Methodist
February 21, 2014 Baseball to Face Methodist in Weekend Series
February 19, 2014 Emory Handles LaGrange in 10-4 Win
February 18, 2014 Lake Named to D3Baseball.com Team of the Week
February 18, 2014 Baseball to Host LaGrange in Midweek Matchup
February 17, 2014 Iturrey & Hansen Selected as UAA Hitter & Pitcher of the Week
February 16, 2014 Emory Splits Sunday Doubleheader at Piedmont
February 15, 2014 Eagles to Play Doubleheader at Piedmont on Sunday
February 15, 2014 Baseball Defeats Piedmont 4-3 on Peacock’s Walk-Off Double
February 13, 2014 First Game of Emory Baseball Series vs. Piedmont Postponed
February 11, 2014 Baseball to Play Three against In-State Rival Piedmont
February 10, 2014 Lake & Dillman Named First UAA Baseball Players of the Week for 2014
February 9, 2014 Emory Baseball Wraps-Up Cali Trip with Win over Pomona-Pitzer
February 8, 2014 Emory Splits Doubleheader with 10th-Ranked Cal Lutheran
February 7, 2014 Emory Opens Season with 11-2 Win at Occidental
February 4, 2014 Emory Baseball Set to Open 2014 on West Coast this Weekend
February 3, 2014 Emory Baseball 2014 Season Preview