Baseball struggles in OVC opener

The Tech baseball team began conference play last weekend as they hosted the OVC leading Jacksonville State Gamecocks (19-9, 4-2) at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.Tech took the second game of the Saturday doubleheader 8-4, but dropped the first and third game of the series 8-2 and 9-7 respectively.

“We played hard,” head coach Matt Bragga said, but we just didn’t execute.”

“We battle hard Sunday and fought to get back in it, which I loved to see. We just came up short.”

The team had two non-conference road games this week.

The first was a win over the Lipscomb Bisons by a score of 6-5 on Tuesday evening in Nashville.

Wednesday afternoon, they traveled to Huntsville, Ala. to take on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, where they pulled out a commanding 12-0 win to improve their record to 11-16.

Conference play will resume this weekend as Tech hosts a three-game series Southeast Missouri State (16-12, 3-2).

“We play for every game and focus on who our next opponent is” Bragga said Tuesday.

“Not to take away anything from non-conference games, which are very important, but conference play brings more excitement to the game. They bring more fun.”

This week’s games are the midway point of the regular season.

“We need to pitch better,” said Bragga about possible improvements in the second half of the season.

“We have a very talented starting rotation. These are draftable guys. We have been giving up too many runs early in games, but we will pitch better as the season progresses.

“Everyone has to execute, not just the pitching staff. But we are improving daily, and I believe we will do well the last half of the season.”

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