By: Jake Miller
HARTSVILLE, S.C.- Coker baseball will host the Erskine College Flying Fleet in non-conference action on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 17-18). Video and live stats will be available at www.cokercobras.com.
The Cobras are coming off a series loss to No. 22 UIndy, where the Cobras dropped the series two games to one. Coker was able to knock off the nationally-ranked Greyhounds on Saturday (Feb. 11) by a score of 9-4.
The Cobras (4-4) come into the matchup being led offensively by senior outfielder AJ Strnad. Strnad is hitting a whopping .414, mashing three doubles, one long ball and scoring seven runs. On the defensive end, the Cobras have three pitchers with earned run averages under 3.00. Brady Shuey owns a 2.08 ERA, Griffin Hollifield a 2.16 mark and Will Sutton brings a 2.79 mark into the matchup. Among qualified pitchers, Hollifield's 2.16 is 10th in the South Atlantic Conference, while Sutton's 2.79 ERA is 15th-best in the league.
Erskine comes in to the matchup 7-2 overall and riding a six-game winning streak. Trevor Wood leads the team offensively, hitting .452 which is ninth in Conference Carolinas. Alex Calvert leads the Flying Fleet pitching staff, hurling to a 1.83 earned run average, which is 11th-best in the conference.
First pitch on Friday is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tom J. New Field at Dave Schmotzer Stadium. Saturday will be a doubleheader starting with a nine inning game at 12:00 p.m. followed by a seven inning game starting at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the games are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free to all Coker faculty, staff and students.