JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 31, 2013) – The ETSU baseball team returns home for a brief two-game stint beginning Monday night when the Bucs host Radford. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
On Tuesday, the Blue and Gold host in-state foe Tennessee Tech at 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- The Bucs saw their record dip to 14-10, 4-5 in A-Sun play after dropping two of three at North Florida over the weekend.
- Offensively, the Blue and Gold were led by senior Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and junior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.). Green – who has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games played – hit .462 (6-13) with one double, one home run, and five runs scored in the UNF series. Meanwhile, Freeman finished the three-game series 5-for-11 with one double and two runs scored.
- Senior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earned the win for the Bucs on Friday night as he pitched his fifth complete game in his last six starts to improve to 5-1 on the season.
- For the series, ETSU was outscored, 31-15, and surrendered 53 hits to the A-Sun’s top hitting team.
- The Highlanders are coming off a series win at No. 27-ranked Campbell over the weekend to improve to 14-11 on the year.
- Red-shirt senior infielder Jeff Kemp is one of four players hitting over .300 as he leads the team with a .342 clip (28-82). Kemp also leads the team in doubles (9), home runs (6), RBI (21), runs scored (22) and walks (19).
- As a team, the Highlanders rank third in the Big South in home runs (11), and rank fourth in runs scored per game (5.5) and triples (7).
- Five of Radford’s 11 losses have been decided by two runs or less and the Highlanders have won four of their last six games.
- Radford was picked to finish third in the northern division of the Big South.
SERIES VS. RADFORD
- Monday marks the 36th meeting between the Bucs and Highlanders, as ETSU holds a 21-14 lead in the series.
- The Bucs swept Radford last season and ETSU has won four of the last six against the Highlanders.
- Green and Freeman combined to go 8-for-18 with three runs scored and four RBI, while Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) had three hits in five at-bats against the Highlanders last year.
- Senior catcher Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) hit his first home run in an ETSU uniform last year against Radford. Hershey homered in the 7-2 win back on March 27, 2012.
- Freshman right-hander Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.) will make his first collegiate start Monday night for the Bucs. Radford counters with freshman left-handed hurler Mitchell MacKeith.
- Taylor has given up six earned runs in 5.2 innings in his first six appearances out of the Buccaneer bullpen this season.
- Monday marks the third start for MacKeith – who is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (8 ER/10.0 IP) on the campaign.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH
- The Golden Eagles (21-7) had their 14-game winning streak snapped in a doubleheader split over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday afternoon in Cookeville. The 14-game win streak was the longest active streak in the country prior to the 6-4 setback.
- Tennessee Tech leads the Ohio Valley Conference in runs scored (187), RBI (178), home runs (24), and slugging percentage (.448), while ranking second in both batting average (.289) and ERA (4.22). The Golden Eagle pitching staff has also struck out a league-best 261 hitters in 245.0 innings.
- Junior first baseman/designated hitter Zach Stephens is one of five players to be hitting over .300 and he was also named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-American Team. Stephens is hitting .307 (27-88) with four doubles, seven home runs, 29 runs scored, and 30 RBI in 24 games played this year.
- Tennessee Tech was selected to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll, while Stephens was tabbed the preseason player of the year.
SERIES VS. THE GOLDEN EAGLES
- The Bucs and Tennessee Tech have played 85 times, with the Golden Eagles holding a slight advantage, 45-40.
- ETSU has won two of the last three games in the series, with all three games being one-run decisions.
- Tuesday marks the first game played in Johnson City since the Bucs defeated Tennessee Tech, 8-7 in 13 innings, back on April 28, 2010.
Both teams have yet to name their starter for Tuesday night’s game.
- Live stats will be available for both games via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
- Both games will also be video streamed for free on ASun.TV.
- Live audio for Monday’s game will be provided on ETSUBucs.com, while Tuesday’s game vs. Tennessee Tech can be accessed on WXSM-AM 640. Fans outside the Tri-Cities region can access WXSM online at http://www.640wxsm.com/ or you can listen to the games via your mobile device(s) by downloading the iHeart Radio application.
- Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
- Single-game tickets to ETSU baseball games are $10 for seats behind home plate and $5 for seats along the baselines. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, online at ETSUBucs.com, or by calling (423) 439-3878.
- Come out to Thomas Stadium early and tailgate prior to ETSU baseball games this season. A designated tailgating area will be roped off in the parking lot where fans can enjoy a festive environment before the Bucs take the field.
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