Thursday, April 1, 2021

Baseball - Up Next: Wofford


The Cats will travel to Spartanburg to meet the Wofford Terriers for a three-game series this weekend. The Terriers have a series win in Charleston vs. the Citadel and a series loss in Macon vs. Mercer.  

When: Friday & Saturday, Apr 2 & 3, 2021
Time:  Friday at 5 pm, Sat, DH at 2 pm
Where: Russel King Field, Spartanburg, SC
Radio: None
TV/video: ESPN+  (Friday only)
Live Stats: Wofford Live Stats
Wofford Fan Message Board: Wofford Fans
TicketsTicket information

Head Coach: Todd Interdonato - head coach in his 14th season -
350 career wins
Alma Mater: UNC Asheville
2021 UT Baseball Record: 14-10 overall, 3-3 SoCon, 8-2 home, 6-8 away, 0-0 neutral
2020 UT Baseball Record: 14-3 overall, 0-0 SoCon, 13-2 home, 1-1 away, 0-0 neutral

The Series: The Cats are 70-21 overall against Wofford, and have lost five of the last six games played against the Terriers. The Cats are 29-10 in games played in Spartanburg.  

Position Starters Returning/Lost: 4 / 5 
Pitchers Returning/Lost: 13 / 7 
Overall Lettermen Returning/Lost: 26 / 13 
Incoming Players: 17

Wofford was picked to finish 3d in both preseason polls, and Hayes Heinecke, Jr. was selected as the preseason pitcher of the year.  Junior shortstop Matty Brown, senior outfielder Colin Davis, & senior designated hitter Lawson Hill, were 1st team all-conference selections and junior 1st baseman John Dempsey was named to the second team. 

In the 2021 season, the team returns four starters in the field along with 13 pitchers ... Overall 26 players returned to the team with 17 newcomers. Wofford is currently in the top 20 nationally in walks (14th), stolen bases (5th), sacrifice bunts (16th), stolen bases per game (14th) and walked allowed per nine innings (12th). Individually Lawson Hill is ranked in doubles (6th) and Jack Renwick is 17th in stolen bases.

The Terriers are coming off a 6-7 loss to former SoCon member Davidson College on Tuesday. This will be the Terriers' opening conference series in Spartanburg this season, and Wofford is 8-2 at home against non-conference competition.  

Projected Pitching Rotation: 
Fri.: WCU – Soph. RHP Zebby Matthews (4-1, 3.19) vs. WOF – Jr. LHP Hayes Heinecke (2-4, 4.42) Sat., Gm 1: WCU – Jr. RHP Ryan Mitschele (2-1, 3.91) vs. WOF – Fr. LHP Sam Stratton (1-1, 2.25 ERA) 
Sat., Gm 2: WCU – Fr. RHP Corey Bright (0-0, 5.40) vs. WOF – Sr. RHP Elliot Carney (3-2, 3.58)