Gary McClure recalls the 2013 three game set against the TTU Golden Eagles. It was a big series for both of us because each of us had very good teams and a lot of experience. He says his Govs were confident going in but never lost sight of the fact they were just a percentage points ahead of the Golden Eagles in the win-loss column during that 5th week of the OVC regular-season race. The Govs entered the trifecta head-on after an outstanding five-game win streak against Western Kentucky, Murray State, and Lipscomb University.
According to Gary McClure, Tennessee Tech University’s Golden Eagles were not without their intimidation factor in the 2013 season. They were a very physical team that swung the bats extremely well and could change a game's outcome in a hurry because they had a lot of power up and down their lineup.Prior to the three game series, the Golden Eagles were on a hot streak at the plate and pitching very well also. Gary McClure notes that TTU also had just broken a 14-game win streak and were hungry to regain momentum.
By 2013, the two OVC teams had met on the diamond 165 times, with the Govs holding an 88-76 lead. Gary McClure reports the Govs had four straight wins against the Golden Eagles at APSU’s Raymond C. Hand Park and hoped they could add to that streak during the weekend.
APSU Fares Well in National Polls
Gary McClure says the Govs dominated the field in 2013 and was noted as earning votes in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll, ranking in the top 25. They were ranked even higher in some of the other major college baseball polls. The Govs were #7 in the April 1st edition of the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (CollegeBaseballDaily.com). The conference was as good as it's ever been with both Belmont and Tennessee Tech also getting recognition in the polls.
McClure has Monumental Moment
2013 saw head coach Gary McClure tie the OVC win mark with his 776th triumph, bypassing retired Murray State legendary head coach Johnny Reagan. McClure faced-off against TTU with 319 OVC victories in his corner.