JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 7, 2013) – The ETSU baseball team will play its final non-conference game Wednesday night when the Bucs host UNC Asheville at Thomas Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., while the Twang Bangers will put on a free pregame concert outside the stadium beginning at 5:30.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- ETSU (27-20) registered its eighth series win after taking two of three from Illinois-Chicago this past weekend in the Windy City. The Blue and Gold swept a doubleheader on Saturday, before dropping a tough 3-2 decision Sunday afternoon.
- Senior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won his seventh straight start and recorded his NCAA-leading ninth complete game of the season in the 7-3 win game one of the doubleheader. Doane also became the first Buccaneer pitcher to post 10 or more wins in a season since 2007 and the first Atlantic Sun hurler to accomplish the feat since Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast) won 11 games in 2010.
- In the 6-5 victory of the second game of the doubleheader, junior righty Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned the win after tossing 4.1 innings of no-hit ball, while striking out a career-high six hitters, and fellow junior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) earned his conference-leading eighth save of the year. ETSU rallied for the win in the second game of the twinbill and senior Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) snapped a 5-all tie when he belted a one-out home run over the fence in right-center in the 11th inning.
- For the series, Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.), Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) hit over .400. Tritsch went 6-for-13 (.463) with one double and three runs scored, Green hit .429 (6-14) with two doubles, one home run and four runs scored, and Niesman went 5-for-12 (.417) with three runs scored against the Flames. After posting a hit in each game of the series, Green extended his hit streak to 12 straight games.
ABOUT UNC ASHEVILLE
- The Bulldogs have won two of their last three games and sit 15-30 on the season.
- Eight of UNC Asheville’s last 13 games have been decided by one run, with the Bulldogs going 3-5 in those contests.
- Four different Bulldog hitters are batting over .300, as senior outfielder Todd Joyner leads the way with a .328 clip and his 58 hits (177 at-bats) also mark a team-high. Meanwhile, two-way player Tommy Houmard is hitting .325 (51-157), senior catcher Ian Graham boasts a .322 clip (47-146) and Robert McIntosh carries a .312 average (44-141) into Wednesday’s game. Graham leads the team in runs scored (30) and home runs (4), while Houmard’s 31 RBI lead all Bulldog players.
- As a team, Asheville ranks fifth in the Big South in hitting (.278), but is last in ERA (5.63) and tied for last in fielding percentage (.956)
SERIES VS. UNC ASHEVILLE
- Wednesday marks the 49th all-time meeting between the two teams, with ETSU leading the series, 28-20, including a 20-9 victory over the Bulldogs back on March 13 in Asheville.
- The Blue and Gold have won 14 of the last 16 games in the series as well as seven of the last eight home meetings.
- Back in March, ETSU pounded out a season-high 21 hits en route to cruising to the 11-run victory, 20-9. Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and four RBI. Taylor’s five hits were one shy of tying the ETSU school record, while the 21 team hits were the most registered by the Bucs since totaling 23 hits in an 18-7 win at Eastern Kentucky back on April 26, 2011. In addition, the 20-run game marked the most runs scored by the Blue and Gold since defeating Stetson 22-4 in game two of a doubleheader on May 1, 2010.
- Sophomore Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) will get the starting nod for the Bucs, while Asheville counters with freshman left-hander Lucas Clarke.
- Nesselt – who is making his first start since March 3 versus Marist – is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA (13 ER/21.2 IP) in 2013. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP) in two appearances (one start) against Asheville.
- Clarke is making his ninth start of the season and is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA (19 ER/39.2 IP) in nine appearances for the Bulldogs this season.
- Live stats will be available for Wednesday’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.
- Wednesday’s game will also be broadcast live on ETSUBucs.com.
- Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
- Single game tickets to ETSU baseball games are $10 for reserved seats behind home plate and $5 for reserved seats along the baselines. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, online at ETSUBucs.com, or by calling (423) 439-3878.
- 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.
- Click here for tailgating guidelines.
- Wednesday also marks the free pregame concert by the Twang Bangers. Prior to the game, fans will be treated to a concert outside the stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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