JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 8, 2013) – History will be made Tuesday night when the ETSU baseball team takes on Tennessee at Thomas Stadium.
The game, which begins at 7:05 p.m., will mark the first-ever sellout at the newly built stadium. The 1,000 reserved seats, sold out on Monday afternoon, and a limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be available for purchase at the ticket gate on Tuesday for $5. Meanwhile, the first 180 students to walk through the gate (located down the third base side) will receive a free ticket. Gates to the stadium will open at 4:35 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- ETSU extended its winning streak to four straight after sweeping Northern Kentucky last weekend in Highland Heights, Ky.
- The Bucs improved to 18-11 with the three-game sweep, while it also marked the first time the Blue and Gold swept a conference foe since May 13-14, 2011 when ETSU took all three from Campbell.
- Against the Norse, the Bucs hit .306 (37-121) with seven doubles, one home run and 27 RBI, while ETSU outscored NKU, 30-15, including 24-4 from the eighth inning on of the second game of the series.
- Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) led the Bucs at the plate as the senior catcher hit .545 (6-11) with three doubles and three runs scored, while junior outfielder Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) hit .438 (7-16) with four runs scored. Tritsch also set a career-high with his four-hit game in the 12-9 come-from-behind win on Saturday, while fellow junior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) drove in a career-best six runs in the thrilling comeback victory.
- On the mound, senior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed his NCAA leading sixth complete game of the year to lift the Blue and Gold to a 5-2 win in the series opener on Friday, while junior righty Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) registered his second straight win after pitching a career-high six innings on Sunday. Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed three scoreless innings in two appearances out of the bullpen and earned the win on Saturday, while Freeman recorded his fourth save in the extra-inning victory.
- After taking two of three from Missouri back on March 23 in Knoxville, Tennessee has dropped eight straight games and enter Tuesday’s game 13-17 on the season.
- The Vols have three players hitting above .300, with sophomore infielder Will Maddox hitting a team-best .354 (45-127) with four doubles, two triples, 16 RBI and 25 runs scored. Meanwhile, junior infielder Scott Price is right below Maddox with a .352 clip and junior outfielder Bily Pierce is hitting .311.
- As a team, Tennessee ranks sixth in the SEC with a .279 batting average, but its 5.50 ERA ranks last. The Vols do pose a threat on the base path, as Tennessee’s 52 stolen bases rank third in the conference and they have only hit into seven double plays, marking the lowest by any team in the SEC. Maddox leads the team with 14 stolen bases and has only been caught stealing twice on the season.
SERIES VS. TENNESSEE
- Tuesday will be the 72nd meeting between the two in-state foes, as Tennessee leads the all-time series, 57-14.
- The Bucs have won seven of the last 11 in the series, including the last three, and four of the last five games played in Johnson City.
- Tennessee snapped ETSU’s six-game winning streak by defeating the Blue and Gold, 9-7, back on Feb. 26 in Knoxville. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.), Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) and Freeman all registered two-hit games, while Niesman’s two-run homer ignited a five-run fourth inning. ETSU had the tying run at second with one out in the ninth, but freshman right-hander Trevor Bettencourt retired the next two hitters he faced to earn his first collegiate save.
- Last season in Johnson City, Doane made his first start of the year against Tennessee and tossed 6.2 innings of two-run ball to earn the win. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native struck out a career-high seven hitters in the outing as ETSU went on to win, 4-3.
- A pair of freshmen will get the starting nod for their respective clubs on Tuesday night. Right-hander Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) will start for the Blue and Gold, while Tennessee counters with lefty Andy Cox. Krieg – who tossed 2.2 innings in a start last Saturday at Northern Kentucky – is 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA (26 ER/37.0 IP) on the campaign. Cox is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA (16 ER/25.1 IP) in 10 appearances (five starts) this season.
- Live stats will be available for Tuesday’s game via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
- Live video streaming will be provided for free on ASun.TV.
- Tuesday’s game vs. Tennessee will be aired live 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.
- Only a limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be available for purchase at the ticket gates for $5 each.
- The 1,000 reserved seats have already been sold out, marking the first-ever sellout in Thomas Stadium.
- The first 180 students who walk through the third base gate receive a free ticket.
- 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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