Samford University Preview

Included is a preview of the Samford University baseball team. Samford is playing in a three team tournament (Arizona, Samford, Mississippi State) at Mississippi State this weekend.


Weather:
Friday - Partly cloudy with a high of 38. A 0% chance of rain. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the north-northeast
Saturday - Mostly sunny skies with a high of 50. A 0% chance of rain. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the east
Sunday - A high of 58. 70% chance of rain. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the southeast.

Gametimes (CT):
Friday 12 p.m. Samford vs. Arizona | 4 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Arizona (SEC Network+)
Saturday 11 a.m. Arizona vs. Mississippi State (SEC Network) | 35 Minutes Following Conclusion Of Game One Samford vs. Mississippi State (SEC Network+)
Sunday 1 p.m. Arizona vs. Samford | 4:30 p.m. Samford vs. Mississippi State

Arizona/Samford Road Record/Mississippi State Home Record - Arizona is 0-0 on the road | Samford is 0-1 on the road | MSU is 9-0 at home.

Pitching Rotation:

Samford will start senior RHP Alex Ledford (1-1, 3.60 ERA) Friday against Arizona. Sophomore RHP Jared Brasher (0-0, 7.20 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday's game against Mississippi State. In Sunday's first game against Arizona, senior RHP Cole Limbaugh (0-1, 16.50 ERA) will get the start. No starter has been named for the Sunday game against Mississippi State.

Ledford, a junior college transfer who was 11-2 with a 4.70 ERA for Samford last season , has thrown in 2 games, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits and 7 walks while striking out 13 in 10 innings.

Brasher was 2-5 with an ERA of 5.50 last season as a freshman. So far this season he has started two games, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk to go along with his 3 Ks in 5 innings.

Limbaugh has a career record of 6-5 with a 5.69 ERA for Samford. He has really struggled this season in his two starts, allowing 12 runs (11 earned) on 15 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5 in 6 innings.

Relief Pitching:

Samford primarily uses seven pitchers in relief - junior RHP Parker Curry (0-1, 2.35 ERA, 0 Saves), redshirt senior RHP Mark Donham (1-0, 0.00, 0 S), freshman RHP Tristan Widra (0-0, 0.00, 0 S), redshirt junior RHP Philip Flach (1-0, 2.25, 0 S), senior RHP Andres Gracia (0-0, 3.38, 2 S), senior RHP Mikel Belcher (0-0, 6.75, 0 S) and junior RHP Jesse Travis (0-0, 8.10, 0 S).

Curry is a middle reliever who might be a potential Sunday starter if not used Friday or Saturday. He has appeared in 3 games and has allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 11 in 7.2 innings.

Donham has been used in 4 games and has performed well, allowing 0 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 in 5 innings.

Widra is another pitcher who has appeared in 4 games. Like Donham he has been very effective. In 3.1 innings he has allowed no runs on 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 5.

Flach has been used in 4 games and has thrown 4 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit and 1 walked to go along with his 6 Ks.

Gracia, who had 14 saves last season for Samford, has been named to the Stopper of the Year watch list. This season he has appeared in 2 games and has 2 saves. He has allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in 2.2 innings.

Belcher has thrown in 4 games, allowing 3 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 1 walk while also registering 3 Ks in 4 innings.

Travis has appeared in 3 games and has been roughed up to the tune of 3 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 3 in 3.1 innings.

Hitting:

Samford is hitting at a .285 clip so far this season.

Six of their hitters are batting better than .300 including sophomore Hunter Swilling (.385, 10-of-26, 2 HR, 7 RBI), redshirt sophomore Anthony Gonzalez (.375, 6-of-16, HR, 1 RBI), freshman Austin Edens (.364, 4-of-11, HR, 3 RBI), redshirt junior Damon Waller (.353, 6-of-17, 2 HR, 6 RBI), sophomore Heath Quinn (.308, 8-of-26, 3 HR, 4 RBI) and junior Richard Greene (.304, 7-of-23, 3 HR, 6 RBI).

Others hitting below .300 are junior Alex Lee (.286, 1 HR, 3 RBI), redshirt junior Jared Watson (.269, 1 HR, 5 RBI), sophomore T.J. Dixon (.200, 0 HR, 1 RBI), junior Frankie Navarrete (.176, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and redshirt senior Brandon Powell (.167, 0 HR, 1 RBI).

Arizona, Samford and MSU Stats
Category Arizona Samford Mississippi State
Record 8-2 3-4 9-0
Batting Average .346 .285 .336
Runs 86 (8.6 pg) 41 (5.9 pg) 91 (10.1 pg)
Home Runs 5 12 6
OB % .408 .347 .480
Stolen Bases-Attempts 15-24 6-7 16-20
Walks 36 (3.6 pg) 16 (2.3 pg) 69 (7.7 pg)
Strikeouts 55 (5.5 pg) 46 (6.6 pg) 48 (5.3 pg)
LOB 75 (7.5 pg) 47 (6.7 pg) 83 (9.2 pg)
Team ERA 3.16 6.39 2.78
Saves 3 2 4
Walks 17 (1.7 pg) 27 (3.9 pg) 35 (3.9 pg)
Strikeouts 69 (6.9 pg) 62 (8.9 pg) 87 (9.6 pg)
Batting Average Against .241 .291 .208
Fielding % .975 .965


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