Southeast Baseball Prepares for Tennessee Tech
May 14, 2004
The Indians of Southeast Missouri State (22-23, 11-9 OVC) will host the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech (14-26, 9-12 OVC) this weekend at Capaha Park. Southeast currently sits in a tie for fourth place in the Ohio Valley Conference. TTU sits two and a half games behind the Indians as they come to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for a three-game series.
Southeast will host the Golden Eagles for a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Free food and beverages will be available to fans during Saturday's game.
Sunday, the teams square off for a single game starting at 1 p.m. The contest will be the final home game for the Indians this season, and Southeast will celebrate Senior Day, honoring the team's retiring seniors before the first pitch on Sunday
Southeast sports a 15-8 record at home this season, while TTU is just 4-19 in road games. Southeast holds a 25-14 advantage all-time against the Golden Eagles.
Scouting Southeast... The Tribe enters the weekend on a season-best four-game winning streak. After sweeping Morehead State last weekend, Southeast topped a solid Arkansas State University club Tuesday night 6-4 at Capaha Field. After falling behind 3-0 and 4-2, the Indians came back with a three-run fourth inning to propel them to the win.
Ryan Forsyth struggled early on, but settled down to earn the victory on the mound. Forsyth (3-2) went seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, and striking out three batters.
Brad Smith closed out the final two innings, getting out of a two-on no-out jam in the eighth inning, to earn his ninth save of the season-setting a new school record for saves in a single season.
Frankie Montiel went 4-for-4 from the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. With the performance, the junior center fielder upped his average to .333 with a team-high 17 doubles.
Southeast is hitting .301 in conference games, and is hitting at a .322 clip over the past four games.
Scouting Tennessee Tech... The Golden Eagles come into the game having lost eight of their last nine games. Most recently, TTU was swept by Samford, getting outscored 37-14 by the Bulldogs this weekend.
The Golden Eagles are led offensively by leadoff hitter Brandon Selvog. The junior shortstop leads TTU with a .335 batting average. He's also tops in nearly every offensive category, leading the Golden Eagles in hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases.
From the mound, Tennessee Tech is led by junior right hander Cold Ashman. The six-foot-three hurler is 7-4 with a team-best 5.15 ERA.
The Golden Eagles are coached by Matt Bragga, assisted by Ryan Edwards, and Craig Moore.