2/28/2008 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Host Northern Colorado in Opening Home Series
Feb. 28, 2008
By Tyler Koonce, Baseball Contact
SERIES HISTORY: Friday will mark the first meeting between the Redhawks and Bears.
LAST SERIES: Southeast took two of the three last weekend against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Northern Colorado is coming a split at Texas A&M. The Bears took two out of three last Saturday against the Aggies in College Station, Texas.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Starters James Leigh and Todd Strahlendorf both earned victories during the last two games of the weekend series. Six Southeast batters blasted home runs during the last two contests en route to victories of 11 and 13 runs, respectively. Josh Syberg threw five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in a no decision Friday. Tuesday's scheduled matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks was cancelled due to cold temperatures and wind chills in the Fayetteville, Ark,. area.
SCOUTING THE BEARS: Northern Colorado is 2-3 overall, losing most recently on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning at Air Force Tuesday. The Bears swept a doubleheader last Saturday at Texas A&M. Jon Klausing and T.R. Keating earned victories on the mound against the Aggies. Adam Symons and Andy Mees lead the offense with averages of .333 and .313, respectively.
THREE OF A KIND: Three Redhawks were named to the Preseason All-OVC Team that was announced prior to the OVC Media Day Teleconference on Tuesday. Senior right-hander Dustin Renfrow, redshirt junior first basemen Matt Wagner and sophomore catcher Jim Klocke all earned a spot on the squad based on votes from the league's 10 head coaches.
GRIDIRON GANG: Due to multiple rounds of ice and snow in the Cape Girardeau area, the baseball team has been forced to practice inside at Houck Field House and on the FieldTurf at Houck Stadium. The grounds crew at Capaha Field, headed by John Amschler, has worked hard to prepare the natural grass for playing conditions. The team was able to practice at Capaha Field Thursday.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Nine local players are currently playing in the Southeast program. Freshmen Brad LaBruyere, Blake Slattery and Matt Hester are all playing in their hometown of Cape Girardeau after playing as teammates at Cape Central High School. Matt Wulfers is also playing in his hometown after spending his prep career at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau.Andy Stephens, Blake Dirnberger and Rynn Eskew all played together at Scott City High School. Lance Rhodes hails from Sikeston and Trevor Irwin is a native of Oran.