DELAND, Fla. (April 18, 2013) – Coming off its second straight Atlantic Sun series sweep last weekend at Thomas Stadium, the ETSU baseball looks to improve on its six-game conference win streak as the Bucs travel to Florida to take on Stetson this weekend. The series opener is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday night at Melching Field.
The Bucs are coming off a 7-3 midweek setback at The Citadel on Wednesday night, but after sweeping back-to-back conference series for the first time since 2004, ETSU (21-13, 10-5 A-Sun) only sits a half-game back from league-leading North Florida in the A-Sun standings. The Blue and Gold took three at Northern Kentucky (4/5-7) and three against Lipscomb at home last weekend.
During this six-game run, the Bucs are hitting .324 (72-222) with 16 doubles, one triple, and three home runs, while outscoring the opposition, 50-19. Meanwhile, ETSU’s pitchers are 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP), along with three saves. The Buccaneer hurlers have struck out 30 and walked 10 during this span, while Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has tossed one of his three shutouts and two of his NCAA-leading seven complete games in this stretch. At the plate, Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) is 11-for-22 with four doubles, five runs scored and six RBI and Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) is hitting. 464 (13-28) with two doubles and seven runs scored in the last six A-Sun games. Furthermore, Doane and Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) are a combined 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) in this win streak.
GAME TIMES/PITCHING ROTATION
Friday – 6:30 p.m. – Game No. 35
RHP Kerry Doane (7-1, 1.96) vs. RHP Josh Powers (1-4, 3.18)
Saturday – 2 p.m. – Game No. 36
RHP Logan Rice (4-1, 2.48) vs. LHP Austin Perez (5-1, 2.86)
Sunday – 1 p.m. – Game No. 37
TBA vs. RHP Chad Rood (0-2, 5.83)
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- The Citadel scored its seven runs in the first three innings and the Bulldogs snapped ETSU’s three-game winning streak by defeating the Blue and Gold, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Riley Park. The Bulldogs scored their first two runs without recording a hit in the bottom of the first and then recorded a three-run home run in the second and a two-run round-tripper in the third.
- Junior relievers Jared Burton (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Burton – who hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances (7.0 IP) – tossed a season-high three innings of two-hit ball at The Citadel, while Chesney extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10.0 by pitching the final two innings for the Bucs.
- Dylan Tritsch extended his hit streak to 10 straight games, while Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) registered his 13th multi-hit game after going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
- Stetson has won its last two conference series (at Jacksonville and at USC Upstate) and enter the weekend 17-21, 6-6.
- Freshman Patrick Mazeika had the longest hitting streak in the nation come to an end Tuesday night after going hitless (six at-bats) in Stetson’s 6-2, 13-inning loss to South Florida. Mazeika – whose .395 batting average ranks second in the A-Sun – hit safely in 21 straight games prior to his 0-for-6 game. Mazeika’s .497 on-base percentage leads all conference players, while his 58 hits ranks second in the league and his .468 (22-47) batting average in 12 A-Sun games also ranks second.
- As a team, the Hatters rank fourth in ERA (3.79) in A-Sun only games, while junior left-hander Austin Perez is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP) in conference play.
- Stetson – who was picked to finish sixth in the A-Sun Preseason Coaches Poll – has posted 13 of its 17 wins at home.
SERIES VS. STETSON
- The Hatters lead the all-time series, 16-8, and Stetson has won six of the last seven in the series.
- ETSU swept the Hatters back in 2006 and 2010 in Johnson City.
- Andrew Green is hitting .404 (19-47) with five doubles, five runs scored and five RBI in 10 games played against Stetson. The Powell, Tenn. native has also swiped four bases in five attempts versus the Hatters.
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