SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University baseball team heads to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a three-game series with Virginia Tech this weekend.
Opponent: Virginia Tech
Location: English Field at Union Park (Blacksburg, Va.)
Date and Times: Mar. 1 – 3:00 p.m. | Mar. 2 – 2:00 p.m. | Mar. 3 – 12:00 p.m.
Watch: Gm 1 (ACC Network Extra) | Gm 2 (ACC Network Extra) | Gm 3 (Watch ESPN)
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Game Notes: Bryant
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Friday – RHP Tyler Mattison (1-1, 6.75) vs. LHP Ian Seymour (2-0, 0.90)
Saturday – LHP Steve Theetge (1-0, 1.64) vs. LHP Chris Gerard (0-0, 1.08)
Sunday – LHP Vito Morgese (0-1, 7.11) vs. Luke Scherzer (1-0, 3.68)
Bryant's weekend rotation will feature the same three starters but in a different order as Theetge moves to Saturday. The veteran left hander has delivered two strong outings to start the year, tossing six scoreless innings at Abilene Christian before limiting No. 1 LSU to three runs (two earned) over five innings last Sunday.
Virginia Tech will counter with a pair of underclassmen lefties and a fifth-year senior. Seymour has struck out 10 in 10 innings and owns a 0.90 ERA, while Gerard has walked one and struck out five in the first two appearances of his collegiate career.
- Bryant and Virginia Tech will be meeting for the first time since the 2011 season.
- The two teams have played seven games, with the Bulldogs posting a 4-3 record in the series.
- Bryant won the first-ever meeting in 2009, the two teams split a two-game series in 2010 and then split a four-game series in Blacksburg in 2011.
Bulldog Notes and Notables
- The Bulldogs enter the weekend at 2-4 overall after dropping all three games at No. 1 LSU last weekend.
- Bryant is hitting .262 and averaging 7.0 runs per game. On the mound, the Bulldogs have posted a 6.12 team ERA.
- The Black and Gold also rank 18th nationally with 2.50 stolen bases per game. Bryant stole just 49 bases last season, an average of 1.14 per game.
- Sophomore Sam Owens (Scituate, R.I.) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. He went 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI at No. 1 LSU.
- Owens is hitting .350 with two doubles, two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored in five games.
- Junior Gaby Cruz (Miami, Fla.) leads the Bulldogs with a .375 average and has a .474 OBP.
- Freshman Jake Gustin (Peabody, Mass.) has three extra-base hits, five RBI, seven runs scored and a .444 OBP in his first six collegiate games.
- Junior James Ciliento (Mahwah, N.J.) is hitting just .200 (4-20) but leads the Bulldogs in runs scored (8), walks (7), HBP (3), OBP (.452) and stolen bases (4).
Scouting the Hokies
- Virginia Tech is off to a 7-0 start for just the fourth time in program history and for the first time since 1987.
- Ryan Fecteau, Bryant's pitching coach from 2011-2016, is in his second season with the Tech coaching staff.
- The Hokies are hitting .302 as a team and have posted a 2.57 team ERA.
- Carson Taylor is hitting .423 with four doubles and nine runs scored, while Kerry Carpenter and Luke Horanski have each hit three home runs.
The Bulldogs open their eight-game spring break trip with a three-game series at CAA preseason favorite Elon. Bryant and Elon begin their series on Friday, March 8.