JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 16, 2012) – After closing out a four-game homestand on Sunday, the ETSU baseball team hits the road to face Tennessee and Radford in midweek non-conference action.
Tuesday’s game at Tennessee will begin at 7:00 p.m., while Wednesday’s first pitch at Radford will be at 6:00 p.m. Both games can be heard live on 640 WXSM and online at ETSUBucs.com.
The Bucs will send Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) (3-1, 2.70 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday and will face Tennessee righty Nick Williams (2-4, 3.16 ERA). Doane, who earned the start against the Vols on Wednesday, got the win as he gave up seven hits, while striking out a career-high seven batters in an impressive outing. Meanwhile, Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.) came on in relief to earn the first save of his ETSU career after pitching the final 2.1 innings. Tennessee starter Carter Watson was charged with the loss after giving up two hits and two runs in two innings of work.
Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) led the Bucs offensively as he finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) were each 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Bucs. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the leadoff spot.
Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) went five innings and the ETSU bats pounded out seven runs on 12 hits to upend Radford, 7-2, on March 27 at Thomas Stadium. Nesselt earned the win after allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out five batters. Meanwhile, Radford starter Jake Palese picked up his first loss of the season after giving up six hits and five runs in 2.1 innings of work. ETSU freshman Will Carter (Johnson City, Tenn.) earned his first career save after tossing four innings of scoreless relief.
Niesman, Freeman, Pratt and Green led the Bucs at the plate with two hits each. Pratt and Green each had two RBI on the afternoon. Freeman, Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) each had an RBI for the Bucs. Hershey got an RBI on his first home run of the season.
Tennessee enters Tuesday’s contest with a 21-15 record after dropping two of three at home against No. 4 Florida over the weekend. Williams actually started Sunday’s series finale against the Gators, but only lasted just over an inning after allowing four hits and five runs. The Bucs have now won five straight games over the Volunteers, but UT leads the all-time series 55-14.
Radford currently sits at 21-15 overall and enter Wednesday’s game against the Bucs on a four-game winning streak. The Highlanders swept a three-game series over Fairleigh Dickinson this past weekend. ETSU leads the all-time series against Radford, 20-14.
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