JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2014) – The ETSU baseball team looks to continue its winning ways as the Bucs host 2013 NCAA participant Canisius in a weekend series beginning Friday afternoon at Thomas Stadium. First pitch of the series opener is set for 3:05 p.m.
The Bucs have won their last three games and ETSU looks to improve on its 5-3 record.
PITCHING ROTATION/GAME TIMES
Friday – 3:05 p.m. – Game No. 9
LHP Clinton Freeman (0-2, 4.26) vs. LHP Alex Godzak (0-1, 3.86)
Saturday – 1:05 p.m. – Game No. 10
RHP Jimmy Nesselt (1-0, 3.21) vs. RHP Rohn Pierce (1-0, 1.29)
Sunday – 1:05 p.m. – Game No. 11
TBA vs. RHP Devon Stewart (1-1, 8.68)
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- ETSU used a late-inning surge to rally past UNC Asheville, 11-6, on Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.
- Despite trailing late in the game, the Blue and Gold scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to fuel the comeback. Senior right-handed pitcher Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the win (1-0), while Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) both registered three hits in the five-run victory. Taylor, who reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, finished with one double, one triple, three RBI and four runs scored, while Freeman went 3 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBI.
- The 11 runs scored marked a season-high for the Bucs, while Freeman’s home run was just the second by an ETSU player this season. Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) homered against Longwood on opening day.
- Canisius has split its first six games to start the season as the Golden Griffins shutout then-No. 5 North Carolina State on opening day, while also defeating North Carolina Central and Charlotte.
- Rohn Pierce, Saturday’s starter, tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out six Wolfpack hitters in his season debut. Pierce defeated Carlos Rodon – the 2013 USA Baseball Player of the Year and Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American.
- The Golden Griffins have two players batting above .300 as freshman catcher Christ Conley is hitting .333 (4-12) and sophomore infielder Anthony Massicci is 6 for 19 (.316) with three runs scored and five RBI.
- As a team, Canisius has already walked 29 times and been hit by a pitch 17 times in six contests. Last season, the Golden Griffins were hit 125 times, which ranked second in the country, while their 263 walks ranked 28th.
- Canisius won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013 and went to the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins were picked to win the conference championship again in 2014 as Canisius returns seven position players in the starting lineup and 12 players who started at least 20 games. Canisius also returns three of its top four starting pitchers and five relievers who appeared in at least 10 games. Senior first baseman Jimmy Luppens was a unanimous selection in the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year voting.
SERIES VS. CANISIUS
- This weekend marks the first-ever meeting between ETSU and Canisius.
- Coach Skole’s teams are 22-4 all-time against current MAAC foes – 5-0 vs. Niagara, 4-0 vs. St. Peter’s, 3-0 vs. Manhattan, 1-0 vs. Siena, 4-2 vs. Marist, and 5-2 vs. Rider.
- Live stats will be available for all three games this weekend via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
- Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
A LOOK AHEAD
- ETSU continues its home stint with a midweek game against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m.
- Single-game tickets to ETSU baseball games are $10 for reserved seats behind home plate and $5 for reserved seats along the baselines.
- Single-game tickets are $2 for groups of 10 or more people. Please call (423) 439-4828 for details.
- 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.
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