JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2014) – Coming off a productive weekend at the Auburn Tiger Classic, the ETSU baseball team returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning Tuesday afternoon when the Bucs host UNC Asheville. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but due to winter-like conditions scheduled to hit the area, both teams agreed to push the contest up a day.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU moved its record to 4-3 on the year after picking up wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Auburn over the weekend at the Tiger Classic.
The Bucs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over the Golden Lions on Saturday and cruised to a four-run victory, while the Blue and Gold rallied from a two-run deficit late in Sunday’s game at Auburn to register the 3-2 comeback win in 10 innings.
Senior Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) both had two-hit games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, while in the Auburn game, senior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) drove in the tying run in the ninth inning and sophomore Trey York’s (Knoxville, Tenn.) sacrifice fly brought in the game-winning run in the 10th. Sophomore Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) scored the tying run in the ninth as he reached on an error to lead off the inning, while freshman Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) set up York’s heroics by belting a one-out triple.
ETSU’s bullpen was flawless over the weekend as the Buccaneer pitchers went 2-0 and didn’t allow a run in in 12 innings of work. Freshman Austin Hutchison (Jefferson County, Tenn.) earned his first collegiate win by tossing two innings of one-hit ball versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff, while senior right-hander Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) held Auburn without a hit in the final 2.1 innings to pick up the victory.
ABOUT UNC ASHEVILLE
The Bulldogs have dropped three of their first four games to start the season. UNC Asheville opened the year with a 7-4 win at UNC Greensboro, but the Bulldogs were swept at Western Kentucky this past weekend.
UNC Asheville is led by red-shirt junior infielder Kyle Towles as he is hitting a team-best .368 (7-19) with three doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. Four other Bulldog players are hitting over .300 – Justin Woods (.333), Kyle Carruthers (.333), Eli Miller (.313) and Tommy Houmard (.308).
Opponents are hitting .374 (55-147) against UNC Asheville pitchers, while the Bulldogs have been outscored 31-18 in their first four games.
The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the South Division of the Big South Conference.
Sophomore left-hander Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) will get the start for the Blue and Gold, while UNC Asheville has yet to name its starter.
Jacques earned the win in his lone appearance of the season as he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless ball in the 5-4, 12-inning win over Longwood last Monday. The sophomore southpaw made seven starts for the Bucs as a freshman.
Tuesday marks the 50th all-time meeting between the two teams, with ETSU leading the series, 29-20.
The Bucs swept the series last season and have won 15 of the last 17 games over the Bulldogs, including eight of the last nine home meetings.
Last season, Jeremy Taylor hit .625 (5-8) with one double, four RBI and six runs scored, while Clinton Freeman was 7-for-8 (.875) with two doubles, one triple and seven RBI against UNC Asheville pitching. Taylor finished with five hits in the 20-9 win at UNC Asheville last March, which was one shy of tying the ETSU school record for hits in a single game.
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Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Bucs host 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Canisius in a three-game series starting Friday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.
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