The East Central University baseball team will open the 2014 season with a three-game series against Cameron, Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2. The Tigers and the Aggies will play a double-header, Feb. 1 starting at noon and a single game Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) on ECUTigers.com. Go to the baseball schedule page.
The Aggies finished the 2013 season with a 12-32 overall mark and a 6-21 record in the Lone Star Conference. Cameron lost 12 players from that roster and have added five freshman to a 2014 roster that includes 14 seniors.
Brad Blumer is the top returner at the plate for the Aggies. Blumer had a .299 batting average, 26 runs, 40 hits and 25 RBIs in 2013. Drew Reidt is the top returner on the mound, with a 3-4 record. Reidt earned a 3.29 ERA in 65.2 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts and a .296 opponent batting average.
Against the Aggies
The Tigers and Cameron were supposed to play two games in 2013, but both were cancelled due to weather. The last time the teams meet was in 2012, when the Aggies took two wins.
Seniors Ethan Gold and Robert Buitrago are the only ECU returners to see action in the series. Gold started both games and hit .714, with two runs, five hits and four RBIs. Buitrago threw one inning and did not allow a hit.
Brad Blumer is the only returner for the Aggies, with a .500 average on one run, hit and RBI.
GAC Preseason Poll
ECU has been retooled and is ready for the 2014 season. The Tigers have 23 newcomers on the roster and just nine returners from a season ago.
ECU will have a lot to prove, as the Tigers were picked to finish 11th (13 points) in the 2014 Great American Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Southern Arkansas was a clear top choice with 100 points and 10-of-11 first-place votes. Arkansas Tech was the only other team to receive a first-place vote, finishing second with 88 points. Southwestern Oklahoma State was picked third (78 points), Arkansas-Monticello fourth (63), Henderson State fifth (61), Harding sixth (55), Ouachita Baptist seventh (50), Southeastern Oklahoma state eighth (46), Northwestern Oklahoma State ninth (25) and Southern Nazarene 10th (19).
The Tigers will have a week off before hosting Newman for a three-game series Feb. 8-9 at Tiger Field. The games are part of five-straight home dates to open the 2014 season.