After being tabbed as the preseason #3 pick in the SoCon by conference coaches, App has had a rocky beginning to 2014, first dropping 3 straight @Arkansas last weekend, then dropping a midweek game in Knoxville to the Vols of Tennessee.
After being shut out 3-0 at home on opening day by Canisius, the Pack has won 3 straight and has been on an offensive tear, averaging more than 12 runs per game (Canisius 11-4, @Elon 12-7, NC A&T 15-0) to move to 3-1 on the year.
The Mountaineers (0-4) will be looking to break into the win column this weekend in Raleigh when they visit the Doak for a 3 game set, while the Pack will look to continue RE-establishing themselves as the cream of the crop both locally and nationally.
Not to mention getting Carlos Rodon some run support and hopefully his first victory of 2014.
I’m not going to include a lot of stats in this, the first weekend preview of the year (there will be plenty of time for throwing in a bunch of stats that nobody reads later in the season when the conference schedule gets into swing), but I did want to include a few points of interest.
- Trea Turner has picked up where he left off last season, starting the year batting at an 8 for 16 clip (.500) and swiping 5 bases on 5 attempts.
- Brett Austin is close on Turner’s heels, beginning the season 7 for 16 (.438)
- Logan Ratledge, much maligned (by me) for his offensive woes, exploded yesterday vs A&T for 4 RBI on two (count ‘em…TWO!!) HRs.
- Jake Armstrong leads the team with a slugging pct of .833, including a HR yesterday vs A&T
- Despite taking the opening day loss, Carlos Rodon checks in with an ERA of 1.50 and 6 Ks in 6 innings of work.
Games Schedule – Probable Starters – TV
- Friday Feb 21, 3pm – Carlos Rodon (0-1) vs Jamie Nunn (0-1) – ESPN3
- Saturday Feb 22, 1pm – Logan Jernigan (0-0) vs Tyler Moore (0-1) – ESPN3
- Sunday Feb 23, 1pm – Brad Stone (1-0) vs Jeffery Springs (0-0)