JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 4, 2013) – After having its eight-game home winning streak come to an end Sunday, the ETSU baseball team looks to start a new one when the Bucs host Appalachian State Tuesday afternoon at 3:05 p.m., from Thomas Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- ETSU – who has won eight of its first 11 games to start the season – is coming off a series win over Marist this past weekend. Senior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) began the series with a six-hit shutout in the Bucs’ 3-0 victory on Friday afternoon, while Dylan Tritsch’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th capped off a 9-8 comeback win on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Blue and Gold couldn’t capture their second straight weekend sweep as the Red Foxes snapped ETSU’s eight-game home win streak by handing the Bucs a 13-2 setback in the series finale on Sunday.
- Sophomore Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) hit safely in all three games this weekend and extended his hitting streak to seven straight games, while four of Clinton Freeman’s (Jonesborough, Tenn.) five hits went for extra-bases – including the key two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth which tied the game at eight on Saturday. Freeman also tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball in relief to earn his third straight winning decision in the 9-8 victory.
- Freshman Dylan Powers (Blue Ridge, Va.) started all three games this past weekend as the designated hitter and went 3-for-8 (.375) with a double and two RBI. Powers’ first collegiate hit was key as his double in the fourth inning on Friday drove in two runs, which ended up being the only offense Doane needed to work with. Meanwhile, sophomore newcomer Matt Sorrow (Griffin, Ga.) made his first start behind the plate for ETSU on Sunday and drove in a run with his second inning single to left.
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
- Appalachian State is off to a 7-2 start and most recently took two of three from Davidson over the weekend.
- The Mountaineers are led by sophomore infielder/outfielder Alex Leach and junior infielder Noah Holmes at the plate, while sophomore right-hander Jamie Nunn and junior righty Sam Agnew-Wieland have combined for six of Appalachian State’s seven wins on the mound. Leach is hitting a team-best .432 (16-37) with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 13 RBI, while Holmes is hitting .400 (6-15) in his first six games played.
- As a team, 38 of Appalachian State’s 85 hits have gone for extra bases. The Mountaineers have recorded 25 doubles, three triples, and 10 home runs in the first seven games, while their pitching staff have struck out 72 hitters and walked 25 in 80.1 innings.
- 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 (Erwin, Tenn.) tossed two scoreless innings in relief.
Freshman left-hander Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) will make his first collegiate start on Tuesday, while the Mountaineers counter with a fellow southpaw of their as junior Chad Farmer makes his second start of the season. Jacques has made five appearances for the Bucs this season, with his most recent coming Sunday afternoon when he tossed one scoreless inning against Marist. The Rollinsford, N.H. native has struck out seven batters in 7.1 innings of action. Farmer earned a no-decision after allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in three innings versus High Point back on Feb. 27.
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- 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.
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