Tech baseball kicks off this weekend

The excitement of college baseball begins today across the country, ending six months of anticipation. The Golden Eagles look to improve on a terrific 2008 campaign that netted 35 wins, the second most in school history.

In his sixth season, Coach Matt Bragga finds himself in a unique position with a plethora of experience and talent on the mound and in the field.

“We must be consistent at everything we do,” Bragga said. “We need a great effort every day.” Bragga said.

A sign above the locker room entrance that says “Do What We Do” serves as an everyday reminder for coaches and players alike.

Seniors Michael Alcorn, Blake Forst and Adam Liberatore will anchor an experienced pitching staff.

“We have a solid staff with loads of depth,” Bragga said. “You got to have nine pitchers really going good to be successful all season long.”

Senior captain Alex Henry will provide the cornerstone for a talented defense.

Bragga also expects significant contributions from senior Evan Webb and sophomore A.J. Kirby-Jones.

“People love home runs, but pitching wins ball games,” Bragga said. “Defense is the second most important aspect of the game.”

The Golden Eagle schedule will provide plenty of excitement for students and fans alike.

Tech hopes to continue their recent dominance of in-state rivals Belmont, ETSU, MTSU and Tennessee.

Toledo, Valparaiso, Alabama A&M, Covenant, Georgia State, West Carolina and Southern Mississippi complete the non-conference schedule.

Tech, predicted to finish fifth in the preseason Ohio Valley Conference poll, opens with a home series against the St. Peters Peacocks.

There will be doubleheaders today and Saturday, both starting at 1 p.m.