NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 2014) – After splitting the first two games of this five-game road swing, the ETSU baseball team looks to claim its third straight Atlantic Sun Conference series win when the Bucs head to Nashville to take on Lipscomb this weekend at Dugan Field.
GAME TIMES/PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday – 7 p.m. – Game No. 29
RHP Austin Hutchison (3-1, 3.13) vs. RHP Ian Martinez-McGraw (4-1, 4.53)
Saturday – 3 p.m. – Game No. 30
RHP Jimmy Nesselt (2-2, 3.99) vs. vs. RHP Hunter Brothers (0-1, 7.18)
Sunday – 2 p.m. – Game No. 31
LHP Jamin McCann (2-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Denton Norman (4-1, 2.75)
Please note – Game times are listed as Eastern Time
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
The Bucs (14-14, 4-2 A-Sun) split the first two games of their road swing as ETSU defeated No. 25 Tennessee, 2-1, Tuesday night in Knoxville, but the Blue and Gold followed that up with a tough 7-6 setback at Appalachian State on Wednesday night in Boone.
Senior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) helped guide the Bucs to the win at Tennessee as he belted the game-winning two-run home run in the fourth inning and recorded a six-out save to secure ETSU’s one-run victory. On Wednesday, Freeman drove in two more runs, while Chris Riopedre’s (Miami, Fla.) two-run homer in the seventh gave the Blue and Gold a one-run lead; however, the Mountaineers tied the game at six in the bottom of the inning and won a one-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
After driving in two more runs on Wednesday night, Freeman has now registered at least one RBI in his last six games, while fellow senior Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) carries a streak into the Music City after his two-hit game in Boone. Tritsch has reached base safely in his last 15 contests.
Since dropping eight of its first ten games to start the season, Lipscomb has won 16 of its last 20 games and enters the weekend at 18-12, 7-2 in A-Sun play.
As a team, the Bisons lead the A-Sun in slugging percentage (.427), on-base percentage (.403), runs scored (228), RBI (198), doubles (63), and triples (13), while their .292 batting average ranks second behind North Florida. On the mound, Lipscomb ranks first in opposing batting average (.240) and hits allowed (231), fourth in ERA (3.97) and fifth in strikeouts (192).
Individually, sophomore catcher Tyler Bethune leads the team with a .356 batting average (16-45), while senior outfielder Drew Adams is hitting .308 (36-117) and is tied with Freeman in the A-Sun with 35 RBI.
Twelve of Lipscomb’s 18 wins have come at home, while this weekend marks its second conference series of the campaign.
The Bisons were picked to finish seventh in the preseason conference poll.
ETSU and Lipscomb have played 32 times and the all-time series is deadlocked at 16-16.
After being swept by the Bisons in 2012, the Blue and Gold returned the favor by taking the three-game series at Thomas Stadium a year ago.
Last year, the Bucs outscored Lipscomb, 20-4, and out-hit the Bisons .347 to .218 in the series. ETSU’s pitchers allowed four earned runs in 27 innings (1.33 ERA), while also striking out 16 and walking four. Dylan Tritsch hit .500 (6-12) and scored three runs and Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) was 4 for 8 with four RBI. Clinton Freeman hit .364 (4-11) with two doubles, one home run and five RBI and Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) was 4 for 9 with one double, one triple, and scored a pair of runs. On the mound, Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work to secure a 7-2 series win, while Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) earned his first collegiate win in the series finale.
Overall, ETSU has won eight of the last 12 against Lipscomb, but the Bucs are 5-7 against the Bisons in Nashville.
Live stats will be available for this weekend’s series via StatBroadcast by visiting LipscombSports.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
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A LOOK AHEAD
The Bucs return home to host The Citadel on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
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