04/07/2009 – Turks Tidbits
Player Updates …. Written by Emily Sousa JMU Sports Management Intern Lamar University Right handed pitcher from Lamar University Matison Smith threw a career-best 7.0 innings on Sunday March 15th. He retired eight-straight Bears at one point en route to improving to 4-0 on the season. He struck out seven in seven innings while allowing five hits. Taylor McInnis allowed the final two runs of the game in the eighth before he struck out the last two batters of the game. McInnis has pitched in 20.2 innings this season with an ERA of 0.44 in 15 appearances. Smith continued to shine a week later when he worked late into the seventh inning despite a 10-4 loss against Southeastern Louisiana. He left the mound with a 4 -1 lead and the bases loaded. He received a no decision and was credited with four runs on three hits. He did strike out six batters and retired 12 – consecutive Lions at one point. Smith is now 4-1 on the season with six appearances and an ERA of 3.16 and a total of 33 strike outs. Troy University The Troy Trojans recorded their first Sun Belt Conference series win of the year by taking a 19-8 victory over New Orleans on Sunday in a game stopped after eight innings because of the 10-run rule. The Trojans improved to 15-10 overall and 4-5 in league play while dropping UNO to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the conference. The Privateers got off to a quick start on Sunday, chasing Troy starter Travis Burge in the first inning. Burge walked the first two UNO hitters he faced before allowing a two-run double to Nick Mitchell. After an error and a wild pitch plated a third run, Burge was lifted in favor of sophomore Drew Hull, who quickly got out of the inning. Hull went on to get the win. Hull is currently 2-2 on the season with an ERA of 4.37 in 13 appearances. Steven Felix went 1-3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s. Felix is .257 on the season. RHP Pitcher Tim Wheeler picked up the win Saturday night in a 13 inning thriller which ended in a walk off home run by the Trojans. Wheeler went 4.2 innings with no earned runs. This will be Wheelers third season with the Turks this summer. St Josephs College Nate Weglarz continues to have a great season for the St. Josephs University Pumas. Weglarz is hitting .364 with 19 RBI’s and a slugging percentage of .545. On top of his excellent hitting game, Weglarz’s current fielding percentage is .959 in 28 games played.