RADFORD, Va. (April 22, 2013) – The ETSU baseball team plays a pair of midweek games starting Tuesday night when the Bucs wrap up their five-game road trip at Radford. First pitch with the Highlanders is set for 6 p.m., at Radford Baseball Stadium.
Following Tuesday night’s game, the Blue and Gold return home to open a four-game homestand when ETSU hosts Appalachian State Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., at Thomas Stadium. Wednesday’s game versus the Mountaineers was originally scheduled for March 5, but inclement weather postponed the game to April 24.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- ETSU dropped two of three at Stetson this past weekend in DeLand, Fla., and the Bucs saw their record move to 22-15, 11-7 in A-Sun play.
- Senior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) pitched the Blue and Gold to their lone win on the weekend as he tossed his NCAA-leading eighth complete game in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Hatters. Unfortunately, despite being tied at three in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game, Stetson struck for four runs in the bottom of the inning to take game two, 7-3, while the Hatters handed ETSU its first shutout in 2013 with a 2-0 setback on Sunday.
- Juniors Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Jared Burton (Knoxville, Tenn.) were stellar out of the bullpen for the Bucs as they combined for 6.2 innings of scoreless ball. Burton extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 9.1 innings pitched after registering 2.1 frames of one-hit ball on Saturday, while Freeman pitched four scoreless innings on Sunday to lower his ERA to 0.40 (1 ER/22.1 IP) as a reliever in 13 appearances in 2013.
- However, the Buccaneer offense was held to six total runs in 27 innings and hit a disappointing .221 (21-95) for the series, while going 4-for-23 (.174) with runners in scoring position. On the flip side, ETSU’s pitchers held the Hatters offense to 11 runs (nine earned) and a .245 batting average (23-94), but 10 walks, four errors and four hit batters haunted the Blue and Gold staff.
- The Highlanders (22-16) snapped a five-game losing streak over the weekend as Radford took the final two of a three-game series at Coastal Carolina. After dropping a 1-0 game in 15 innings Friday night, Radford bounced back by taking the second game, 4-3, and won Sunday’s rubber match, 5-2.
- Radford has a pair of players hitting over .300, but as a team, the Highlanders rank ninth in the Big South Conference with a .263 clip. Junior catcher Josh Reavis has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 starts and leads the team with a .316 batting average, while red-shirt senior Jeff Kemp is hitting .310. Kemp has started in 37 of the Highlanders’ 38 games and leads the team in doubles (12), home runs (10), and RBI (32).
- The Highlanders boast the second-highest fielding percentage in the Big South (.976), but Radford has committed 11 of its 36 errors in its last seven games play.
- Of is 22 wins, 10 have come at home, but Radford has dropped its last four at Radford Baseball Stadium.
- Radford defeated the Bucs, 4-2, back on April 1 at Thomas Stadium, but ETSU has still won four of the last seven meetings and lead the all-time series, 21-15.
- Despite scoring two runs in the second inning and freshman right-hander Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.) taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning, the Highlanders scored four unanswered runs to defeat the Blue and Gold 23 days ago. Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) and sophomore Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) combined for four of ETSU’s nine hits on the night.
- Following his two-hit game on April 1, Riopedre is hitting .556 (5-9) with three doubles in three games (two starts) against Radford. Meanwhile, senior Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) is hitting .313 (5-16) with one double, six walks and four runs scored in six career games versus Highlander pitching.
- Last year, ETSU defeated Radford, 8-4, on the road as Riopedre, Freeman, Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) accounted for eight of the Bucs’ 13 hits in the winning effort.
- Freshman righty Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) will go to the hill for the Blue and Gold, while Radford counters with fellow freshman right-hander Dylan Nelson.
- Krieg is making his 10th start of the season Tuesday night and is searching for his first win since tossing eight shutout innings at USC Upstate back on March 15. The Nashville, Tenn. native is 2-4 with a 7.16 ERA (35 ER/44.0 IP).
- Nelson is 4-2 with a 7.15 ERA (27 ER/34.0 IP) in nine appearances (six starts) and has won his last two decisions – including a 9-8 victory over then-No. 4 Virginia on April 10 in Charlottesville.
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
- Appalachian State (21-15) has dropped four straight after being swept at The Citadel this past weekend, and the Mountaineers take on North Carolina A&T Tuesday night in Boone, N.C.
- Senior infielder Hector Crispo leads the team in batting average (.346), hits (55), and stolen bases (17), while fellow senior infielder Will Callaway is hitting .345 (50-145) with 11 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI in 35 games.
- The Mountaineers lead the SoCon in fielding percentage (.969), rank fourth in ERA (4.42), and are tied for sixth in hitting (.283). In addition, Appalachian State ranks second in the conference with 71 stolen bases, while its 350 hits allowed are the fewest by any team in the SoCon.
- 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.
- Wednesday 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.
- Neither team has announced its starter.
- Live stats will be available for both games via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
- Live audio is also provided for the games on Tuesday and Wednesday via ETSUBucs.com, while Wednesday’s game against Appalachian State will offer live video for free on ASun.TV.
- Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
- 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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