JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2012) – Coming off a tough opening weekend against Eastern Kentucky, ETSU (1-2) continues its long homestand by welcoming Tennessee Tech (1-3) to town for a 2:05 p.m. Wednesday afternoon matchup at Thomas Stadium.
Junior Derek Bushey (Richmond,Va.) will make his first start of the season against the Golden Eagles and will oppose freshman Seth Lucio. Lucio has made one appearance this season posting, one strikeout.
Bushey pitched 5.0 stellar innings out of the bullpen for the Bucs over the weekend and gave up no runs and just one hit, while striking out six.
ETSU opened the season at Thomas Stadium by earning the first win in the new park, 8-2 over EKU. However, the Colonels swept the doubleheader on Saturday to claim the series. The Bucs improved to 10-3 under head coach Tony Skole in home openers.
Senior outfielder Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) started his final campaign by going 5-for-11 (.455) with three home runs, five RBI, four runs, three walks and a stolen base. Scruggs hit a home run in each game of the series and became the first player to hit a home run in the new Thomas Stadium. With the three homers on the weekend, Scruggs is now tied with Adam Brett Walker of Jacksonville for career home runs among active A-Sun student-athletes with 29. Sophomore Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) matched Scruggs by going 5-for-11 on the weekend, while junior Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) was 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run and outfielder Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) was 3-for-10 (.300).
Senior John Long (Anderson, S.C.) earned the first victory at brand new Thomas Stadium as he went six strong innings, while allowing just four hits and two runs. He also struck out seven and walked just one.
Tennessee Tech posted a 1-3 record at the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas to open the season. The Golden Eagles won their opener against Missouri State, 3-2, before dropping the next three games in the event. TTU dropped a two-run game to Missouri State and then fell to Texas Tech twice.
Through four games this season, junior Austin Wulf has had the hot bat as he has posted a .533 batting average, including eight hits and one home run. Sophomore Zach Stephens has also made a quick impact as he has notched one home run and three RBI.
Tech leads the all-time series against ETSU with a mark of 46-41, but the Bucs came away with a thrilling 6-5 win last season. In that contest, Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) delivered a game-winning three-run home run in the ninth inning to lift the Bucs to the dramatic victory.
There will be live stats through Gametracker available at ETSUBucs.com
The Bucs continue the long home stretch as they welcome in St. Joseph’s for a three-game set beginning on Friday. Each game of the series will begin at 1:05 p.m.
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