Eagle Baseball Closes Out Home Schedule This Weekend
Throughout the series,
Prior to Sunday’s first pitch the Eagles will honor the five graduating seniors: Burt Barto (Columbus/Columbus), Jeremy Beckham (Griffin/Griffin), Aaron Eubanks (Moultrie/Colquitt County), Jeremiah Parker (Carrollton/Carrollton) and David Richardson (Dahlonega/Lumpkin County).
Friday: Kyle Kamppi (4-3, 6.14) vs. Greg Martin (6-2, 3.49)
Saturday: Drew Murray (7-1, 7.28) vs. Wes McCall (1-5, 4.41)
Sunday: Andy Moye (2-4, 6.57) vs. Alex Shelton (4-3, 5.28)
SHEHAN FINALIST FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chris Shehan (Strasburg, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) was named one of 50 finalists for the 2008 Dick Howser Award Watch List. The National Player of the Year Award is sponsored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The NCBWA membership will conduct three rounds of voting to choose the national award winner... Shehan was also named to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list, announced by the College Baseball Foundation...This week Shehan was ranked among the Top 100’ nationally in nine different categories, including a second place ranking in runs scored, total bases and on-base percentage... Shehan’s current .436 season batting average would rank fourth in program history... The junior outfielder also paces the offense in: runs scored (72), on-base percentage (.556), home runs (17) and walks (43) while standing second in RBI (60), slugging percentage (.814) and stolen bases (20-21)... Twice this year Shehan has hit two home runs in a game - the series opener against USC Upstate then three games later in the same week versus Columbia (part of the NCAA record 14 hit). He is a national Player of the Week’ award winner, twice been named SoCon Player of the Week and was the SoCon’s March Player of the Month”.
- - Leadoff Home Runs - -
Western Carolina game 3 (W 15-12);
at Elon game 3 (L 8-12);
Appalachian State game 1 (W 13-6);
Davidson game 1 (W 10-4);
Davidson game 2 (W 20-2)
WRIGHT GOES FOR THE CYCLE: Junior Ty Wright became the second Eagle (David Richardson) in a month span to hit for the cycle in consecutive innings. During game three at Wofford, Wright started off with a leadoff single. He hit a 2-run home run in the second then followed with a RBI triple in the third. During the fourth inning Wright lined a 2-run double.
BENEDICT BEHIND THE PLATE: Junior Griffin Benedict (Dunwoody/St. Pius) continues to impress both offensively and defensively. Benedict brings a .371 batting average into this weekend with 16 doubles, team-leading two triples and 10 home runs. He joined the elite 50 runs scored/50 RBI club in program history (50/61). He leads the team and is second in the Southern Conference RBI race... Benedict also ranks 81st in toughest to strikeout (once in every 12.7 at-bats)... Behind the plate Benedict has posted a .980 fielding percentage and holds the team lead with four pickoffs... Twice this year Benedict has hit two home runs in a game, the
WIRNSBERGER OWNS THE HOT CORNER: Sophomore third baseman A.J. Wirnsberger (Tuscaloosa, AL/Paul Bear Bryant) enters this weekend hitting .320 with 52 runs scored (2nd on team), 59 RBI (3rd) and 17 home runs (1st)... He just missed on another double-digit hitting streak this year, going hitless against Mercer and ending a nine-game streak... Wirnsberger is in the process of leading the team in hit by a pitch (11) for the second straight year... Wirnsberger hit his first career grand slam during the
50-50 CLUB MEMBERS: For the first time since 1999,
- Chris Shehan is a two-time member of the group, one of 12 players in program history to accomplish the feat in multiple years... In fact he is a member of the 70/60 club which has been done only five other times. The last came in the 2000 season when Matt Easterday (78/77) went on to be named Southern Conference Player of the Year’.
- Sophomore A.J. Wirnsberger is also a member thanks to his 52 runs scored and 59 RBI.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: UNC Greensboro is coming off a weekend sweep against College of Charleston, then a midweek split against High Point (W 4-3) and North Carolina A&T (L 5-3) all at home... The Spartans have hit 18 triples this year, 28th nationally... The .305 team batting average ranks 86th... UNCG also ranks 44th averaging 7.6 runs per game... The Spartans’ 33 sacrifice flies stand fifth, led by Tim Carrier’s nation-leading 10... Ricky Orton (32nd) leads the Spartans with 14 home runs, 19 doubles and a .369 batting average... Greg Feltes paces the team with 55 runs scored with Carrier right behind at 53... Greg Martin owns a 6-2 record and 3.49 ERA in 67 innings... Rob Gilliam (3-3) has seven saves with a 5.15 ERA... UNCG owns a .967 fielding percentage and 5.36 ERA... The Spartans have played 34 of their 50 games at home, posting a 7-8 record on the road.
HOME RUN RECORD NIGHT:
HOME RUNS IN THE NCAA, SoCON: The Eagles are 47 home runs shy of tying for 10th place among the NCAA single-season leaders... GS currently stands fourth on the SoCon season leaderboard, 19 away from
RUNNING IN THE SoCON: Not only is
SEEING DOUBLE: In addition to the home runs, this year’s team could also break the program’s single-season doubles record... Currently with 136, the Eagles moved into fifth place and are 19 shy of the record. Last year the team finished with the second-most doubles (143)... Eight players are currently in double-figures led by Chris Shehan, Ty Wright and Griffin Benedict with 16 each.
.300 IN THE LINEUP:
EAGLE SLUGGERS: With the success of scoring runs and hitting extra-base hits, it’s no surprise that the Eagles enter this week first nationally in: slugging percentage (.594), home runs (97/ 2.02), runs (499), hits (634) and doubles (136)... Five Eagles are also ranked among the national Top 100’ in RBI per game: Griffin Benedict (23rd), Chris Shehan (29th), A.J. Wirnsberger (46th), Ty Wright (81st) and Jeremiah Parker (92nd).
STOP THIEF: The Eagles have stolen 100-of-119 bases, an average of 2.08 per game... Three times this season the Eagles stole seven bases (
SEVEN HIT DOUBLE-DIGITS: Seven different
MORE SCORING NOTES: GS is 27-0 when leading after seven innings... The Eagles won their first game (6-4 win at Kennesaw State) when scoring 6-9 runs, now 2-10 on the year following a 6-5 win over The Citadel in game three... The Eagles are 21-3 when hitting two or more home runs... When scoring 10 or more runs GS is 24-1... Out of 10 frames, GS is only getting outscored in two (seventh and ninth inning)... When the Eagles out-hit the opposition they are 21-5... Anytime GS scores in the first inning they are 15-6... The Eagles have dominated the 2nd-5th innings, holding a +117 run differential in that span.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Thursday, 08 May 2008 00:27