Tuskegee baseballers look for first road win in Jackson
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (goldentigersports.com) — The Tuskegee University baseball team returns to action this weekend on the road in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, facing Lane College in a three-game series beginning Saturday afternoon.
Tuskegee (3-15, 1-2 SIAC) has not played a conference game since facing Kentucky State two weeks ago, as their last series with LeMoyne-Owen was postponed until late April due to weather that affected the Memphis area last week.
The Golden Tigers will face Lane in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning with a first pitch at 12 noon, with the first day taking place at the Ballpark at Jackson – the AA home of the Seattle Mariners in Jackson (Tenn.). The series will move back on campus Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm.
Tuskegee is looking for their first road win of the season, although this will be the first road test in conference play. They will send Trey Nelson (1-2) to the mound in the opener to try and take advantage of the series. The sophomore righty has recorded a 6.45 earned run average, with nine walks and 21 strikeouts. He picked up his first win of the season in the second game of the Kentucky State series.
The Golden Tigers will also send Joseph Mauldin (1-4) to the mound this weekend after the junior pitched two innings during a midweek game at Georgia Southwestern this Tuesday. The junior has recorded a 10.07 earned run average with 20 strikeouts this season.
Jordyn Thomas has moved into the starting rotation this weekend and will make his first conference start after picking up a save in the Kentucky State series. The sophomore has a 9.64 earned run average with eight strikeouts.
Junior Ricky Green leads Tuskegee in both hitting and pitching so far this season. The lefty is hitting .341, and has posted a 1.17 earned run average out of the bullpen. He has knocked in four runs and picked up three hits in the last game against Georgia Southwestern. Freshman Samuel Glickman is now over .300 for the season, hitting .305 from the leadoff spot; while Elgin Woodside is tied for the team lead in homeruns (two) and leads the team in runs batted in (10).
Sophomore Evan Kearse made his return to the lineup after missing six consecutive games. He is hitting .226 with six runs batted in so far this season, and has played all three outfield positions.