JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 29, 2013) – The ETSU baseball team opens a five-game road swing Tuesday night as the Bucs travel to Boone, N.C., to take on Appalachian State. Prior to playing their originally slated nine-inning game, the Bucs and Mountaineers will resume last Wednesday’s suspended game starting at 5 p.m., at Smith Stadium.
Following Tuesday night’s game, the Blue and Gold travel to Cookeville and take on Tennessee Tech Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (Eastern) from Bush Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- The Bucs (24-17, 13-8 A-Sun) won their fourth conference series of the season after taking two of three from Kennesaw State over the weekend at Thomas Stadium.
- After suffering a tough 4-1 loss Friday night, the Blue and Gold bounced back in a big way by sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday. The Bucs took game one of the twinbill, 9-7, and won the nightcap, 8-2.
- ETSU got strong hitting and pitching in the series as the Buccaneer hitters recorded a .343 (34-99) batting average and the pitchers posted a 2.33 ERA (7 ER/27.0 IP) in the three games.
- At the plate, Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.), Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) accounted for 23 of the 34 hits and 12 of the 18 runs scored. Freeman – who drove in his 100th career run in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader – finished the series hitting .583 (7-12) with one double, one home run, and six RBI, while Green went 6-for-13 with four doubles, five runs scored and four RBI. Riopedre hit .500 (5-10) in the three games and Taylor was 5-for-12 with two doubles, four runs scored, and three RBI.
- On the mound, senior Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won his sixth straight start to improve to 9-1 as he started the first game of the doubleheader, and junior Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) moved his record to 5-1 after allowing one run in a career-high seven innings in the 8-2 series-clinching win on Saturday. Freshman lefty Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) made his first collegiate Friday night start and suffered a heartbreaking loss as he allowed two unearned runs in six innings of work. Meanwhile, Freeman also finished off both games on the mound on Saturday, and earned his sixth save in game one of the doubleheader.
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
- Appalachian State had its series with Samford shortened as rain cancelled Sunday’s series finale. The Mountaineers opened the series with a 10-5 win on Friday before falling 19-2 on Saturday to move Appalachian State’s record to 23-16, 11-11 in SoCon play.
- Senior infielder Hector Crespo recorded hits in both games this weekend versus Samford and leads the team with a .349 batting average (60-172).
- Crespo is one of four players to have recorded at least 10 stolen bases on the season, while the Mountaineers rank second in the SoCon with 76. Crespo has stolen 17 bases on the year, while junior William Head leads the team with 19 swipes.
- Appalachian State – who posted a 41-18 record in 2012 – won the Southern Conference Championship and went to the NCAA Regional for the first time since 1986.
- Tuesday marks the 126th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Appalachian State leading the series, 71-54, but the Bucs have won three straight and seven of the last 10 versus the Mountaineers.
- Last season, Chris Riopedre’s two-run scoring single in the bottom of the seventh brought home the eventual game-winning runs, lifting the Blue and Gold to a 7-4 victory at Thomas Stadium. Clinton Freeman went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in the three-run victory, while Logan Rice tossed two scoreless innings in relief.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH
- The Golden Eagles – who have won five straight – are 32-12 and sit second in the Ohio Valley Conference at 19-5.
- Tennessee Tech leads the OVC in batting average (.303), slugging percentage (.467), on-base percentage (.401), runs scored (312), hits (457), RBIs (289), doubles (92) and home runs (42).
- Individually, junior infielder Daniel Miles leads the conference with a .369 batting average and .658 slugging percentage, while junior first baseman/designated hitter Zach Stephens’ 11 home runs and 53 RBI tops the conference leaders.
- Tennessee Tech’s pitching staff has struck out an OVC-best 385 hitters and its 4.50 ERA (193 ER/386.0 IP) ranks second.
- The Bucs and Tennessee Tech have played 86 times, with the Golden Eagles holding a slight advantage, 45-41.
- ETSU has won three of the last four games in the series, including a 3-0 victory back on April 2 at Thomas Stadium. Logan Rice made his first collegiate start and earned the win after tossing four scoreless innings, while Clinton Freeman picked up the save by pitching the final two frames out of the bullpen. Seven different Buccaneer hitters accounted for the 10 hits, with Jeremy Taylor, Andrew Green and Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) all providing the Blue and Gold with two-hit efforts.
- Wednesday’s game marks ETSU’s first trip to Cookeville since March 16, 2011, when the Bucs defeated Tennessee Tech, 6-5.
- 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.
- Live audio will be provided for Tuesday’s game only. Audio will begin at 6 p.m., and will be carried live on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster.
- Video is offered for only Tuesday’s game as well by visiting GoASU.com.
- Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
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