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Preseason: Know Thine Enemy - Eastern Illinois
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:03:28 am »

https://d1baseball.com/season-preview/2019-conference-previews-ohio-valley/ ($ wall)

Eastern Illinois is picked 7th out of 11 teams
Eastern Illinois is not expected to make a regional (1 bid league)

Top Prospects, 2019 Draft (OVC Edition)
5. Michael YaSenka, RHP, Eastern Illinois

Top Prospects, 2020 Draft (OVC Edition)

Impact Freshmen (OVC Edition)
7. Trey Sweeney, SS, Eastern Illinois

Eastern Illinois
While the departures of Joe Duncan (.271/.353/.382, 14 SB) and Dougie Parks (.279/.365/.430, 15 SB) will hurt, Eastern Illinois returns a balanced mix of veterans on offense and within the pitching staff. Sr. 2B Jimmy Govern was a first team all-conference performer in 2017 and followed it up by hitting .331/.413/.528 with seven home runs and eight stolen bases last year. A contact-oriented hitter who walks more than he strikes out, he’s slated to hit near the top of the lineup. R-Sr. 1B Hunter Morris (.326/.405/.572, 11 HR), a team leader who led the team with 55 RBIs last year, will provide lefthanded pop in the middle of the lineup. Jr. C Ryan Knernschield (.331/.386/.417) is a veteran behind the plate and Sr. INF Jimmy Huber is another key returnee after hitting .279/.365/.430 while splitting time between shortstop, second base and third base last season.

Key losses on the pitching staff include closer Michael Starcevich (2.92/9 SV) and fellow relief arm Jake Haberer (22 App, 3 SV), but the rotation should be a strength for the Panthers. A second-team All-OVC performer, Sr. RHP Tyler Jones (7-3, 3.52) gives the team a reliable arm to anchor the rotation as the Friday guy. Jr. RHP Alex Stevenson (3-8, 6.45) is a strike-thrower who led the staff with 14 starts last season. Sr. RHP Spencer Dexter (0-2, 6.45) struck out nearly a batter per inning last year while splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen. JC transfer Michael YaSenka, who went 10-2 with seven complete games and an impressive 14.04 SO/9 for Chesapeake College last season, is an exciting weapon for coach Jason Anderson to utilize.

2018 Eastern Illinois Year in Review

Record: 23-31 (12-18)
Home Record: 9-12
Away Record: 14-18
Neutral Record: 0-1

RPI: 228
Nonconference RPI: 202
SOS: 218
Nonconference SOS: 234

Finished 8th in OVC (11 teams)

Batting Average: 0.271
ERA: 6.26

(Will beef this up more as time allows)
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