MARSHALL, Texas – In their final regular season road series, the East Texas Baptist University baseball team will travel to Brownwood to take on Howard Payne University. ETBU (23-11) is currently tied in second place in the American Southwest Conference standings with a 14-4 record. HPU (18-14) is sitting in sixth place in the ASC standings with a 10-8 record in conference play.
Conner Combs leads the ETBU offense with a .392 batting average, 51 hits, and 10 doubles. Zach Gartner leads the team with eight homeruns and 39 RBI, followed by Combs with 35 RBI. Zach Compton and Combs both have seven homeruns this season, and Compton has walked a team high 30 times, best in the ASC. ETBU is hitting .313 as a team, slugging .493, and have an on-base percentage of .416.
Kyle Loson (4-1) and Garrett Penny (4-0) lead ETBU with four wins on the mound this season. Logan Sprinkle has a team best 3.29 ERA in 12 appearances, with three saves. ETBU has a team ERA of 5.43 with 203 strikeouts in 279.0 innings pitched this season.
David Groves and Noah Payne lead the Yellow Jacket offense with a .366 and .337 batting average respectively. Brett Quackenbush has 15 extra base hits (nine doubles, four triples, two homeruns) to lead the team. Benjamin Lewis has a team high 22 RBI. Zach Mosely had made a team-high 15 appearances out of the bullpen and has a 3.18 ERA to lead the team. Matthew Parks has a team high five wins (5-3) in eight starts this season.
ETBU will play a single game on Friday at 2:00 p.m., then will conclude the series with a double header on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.