Senior Tony Lombardi will start game one for the Blue squad.
Friday, October 13, 2006
(Oct. 13, 2006) - The East Tennessee State baseball team wraps up fall practice this weekend with the annual Blue & Gold World Series at Cardinal Park.
All games are open to the public, beginning with Saturday's tilt, and concluding with a Sunday contest at
Rain shortened last season's Blue-Gold series to one four-inning game, a 16-10 Gold Team triumph.
This year's series will be fans first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the 2007 Baseball Bucs.Game one's pitching match-up features newcomer Brandon Langston (Ringgold, Ga.) going for the Gold team against senior Tony Lombardi (Windsor, Calif.) of the Blue squad.
Langston joins the Bucs following two seasons at ClevelandStateCommunity College, where he compiled a 6-4 record in his sophomore campaign with a 4.31 ERA and 66 strikeouts against just 28 walks.In two seasons with ClevelandState, Langston was 12-7 with 132 K's and only 47 walks with an ERA of 4.56
Lombardi struggled early last season, but showed marked improvement throughout the year, finishing with a 2-8 mark and a 6.32 ERA.The senior really found his stride over the summer pitching for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League, where he a amassed a 4-3 record with a 3.18 ERA with one shutout, 51 strikeouts and only 24 walks.
Game two's pitching match-up again showcases an ETSU newcomer against a Buccaneer veteran, as Virginia Tech transfer Matt McGahey (Jonesborough, Tenn.) goes against senior Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.)
McGahey was used sparingly in two seasons with the Hokies, but joins the ETSU staff following a stellar summer with the Staunton Braves of the Valley League.In 20 appearances for the Braves, the junior accumulated a 2-2 mark with two saves and a 2.96 ERA.The local product fanned 28 batters in 27 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a paltry .220 batting average.
Glafenhein experienced a resurgence in his junior season after changing from an overhand to a sidearm delivery style.The Knoxville native became the Bucs primary setup man throughout the regular season before switching into a starting role for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament where he started three games and lifted the Bucs to the championship round with a complete game masterpiece against Florida Atlantic.Glafenhein followed up his stellar junior season with a solid summer, putting together a 3-2 record with a 2.89 ERA in six starts for the Lima Locos of the Great Lakes League.
Below is a full listing of the lineups for the weekend, along with guest head coaches for both squads.