JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 18, 2013) – Fresh off its series win over Penn State this past weekend, the ETSU baseball team returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Bucs host Wofford at Thomas Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bucs got strong outings from all three starting pitchers, while Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) generated the offensive attack at the plate en route to the Blue and Gold taking two of three from a Big Ten foe for the second consecutive season. Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) combined for a 2-0 record along with a 3.00 ERA (6 ER/18.0 IP), while striking out eight and issuing three walks in the series. In addition to the starters, junior Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) gave ETSU three productive innings in relief on Saturday, as he allowed one run on two hits and struck out a pair of Nittany Lion batters.
At the plate, Freeman went 8-for-10 with a double, triple, three home runs, five RBIs, seven runs scored, and three walks (two intentional), which resulted in the Jonesborough, Tenn. native receiving Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday. Joining Freeman with the hot bat was Thompson’s 3-for-6 effort with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored, while Niesman hit .333 (3-9) with a home run and six RBIs.
The Terriers are off to a 3-0 start after defeating Georgetown, 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday, and followed that performance up with a pair of wins over Niagara on Saturday and Monday.
Wofford was led by freshman infielder Alex Paradowski’s 5-for-10 effort at the plate, while the Terrier pitchers held the opposition to a .200 (18-90) batting average and struck out 27 batters in 24.0 innings.
As a team, Wofford stole 13 bases in 14 attempts, and the Terriers outscored Georgetown and Niagara, 22-10.
Tuesday marks the 35th meeting in the series, with ETSU holding an all-time advantage of 21-13. Overall, the Blue and Gold have won nine of the last 12 games in the series, including a 5-3 victory last season in Spartanburg, S.C. The Bucs pounded out 10 hits in the game and Rice tossed two innings of two hit ball in relief to earn the win.
The Bucs will send freshman left-hander Kevin Marnon (Shelby Township, Mich.) to the hill, while Wofford counters with sophomore righty Tanner Hawley. Marnon tossed an inning of relief on Sunday and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. Tuesday marks the debut for Hawley in a Wofford uniform.
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