GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 6, 2014) – The ETSU baseball team looks to continue its winning ways Wednesday when the Bucs carry a four-game win streak into their midweek game at Furman. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Latham Baseball Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU (24-22) is coming off a series sweep of USC Upstate over the weekend at Thomas Stadium.
The Bucs cruised to an 8-4 win in Friday’s opener, while sophomore Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) carried the Blue and Gold to a 3-2 walk-off win in game two and senior Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) made history in ETSU’s 5-2 victory on Sunday.
Freeman earned his 20th career save in Sunday’s finale, which broke the ETSU all-time saves mark and secured the Bucs a spot in the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native also earned the win in Saturday’s walk-off.
Junior right-hander Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) set the tone for ETSU’s strong pitching performances in the series as the Buccaneer hurler allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings en route to lifting the Blue and Gold to the win in Friday’s opener. Nesselt also tied a career high with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, freshman lefty Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) held the Spartans to two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings on Saturday, while senior Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) tossed six shutout innings in his start on Sunday. Both McCann and Rice picked up no-decisions.
At the plate, Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) extended his hit streak to 15 straight games, while junior Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) went 5-for-9 (.556) and reached base eight times in the weekend set. Sanford finished with two walks, was hit once, scored four runs and totaled three RBI. Sophomore Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) hit .455 (5-11) and reached base seven times in the series as he also walked once and was hit by a pitch.
After sweeping the four-game homestand, ETSU has now won 13 of its last 16 at Thomas Stadium.
The Paladins have dropped three straight and enter Wednesday’s game with a record of 18-28 on the campaign.
Despite being swept at home by Georgia Southern over the weekend, Furman has still won seven of its last 12.
The Paladins are led by senior utility player Greg Harrison and junior third baseman Chris Ohmstede. Harrison leads the team in average (.320), hits (57), and doubles (10), while Ohmstede has belted a team-best six home runs and driven in a team-high 32 runs.
Furman has stolen 71 bases and is led by Hunter Burton’s 33 swipes.
Overall, the Paladins have posted 11 of their 18 wins on the road, but are just 7-17 at home.
Red-shirt senior right-hander Derek Bushey (Richmond, Va.) will get the start for the Bucs, while Furman counters with freshman righty Matthew Quarles.
Bushey is making just his second start of the season and has a 5.11 ERA (7 ER/12.1 IP) in 14 appearances on the campaign. The Richmond, Va. native most recently got the start last Wednesday against Radford.
Quarles is 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA (21 ER/37.1 IP) in 14 appearances (six starts). The freshman allowed two runs on six hits in four innings in a start against ETSU back in February.
Wednesday marks the 75th all-time meeting between the programs and the series is deadlocked at 37-37.
Furman defeated the Bucs, 5-3, on Feb. 18 at Thomas Stadium, but the Blue and Gold have won seven of the last 10 meetings dating back to the 2005 season.
Live audio will be available for Wednesday’s game on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster with “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos handling the play-by-play. Fans outside the Tri-Cities region can access WXSM online at http://www.640wxsm.com/ or you can listen to the games via your mobile device(s) by downloading the iHeart Radio application.
Live stats will also be available via StatBroadcast by visiting FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
Furman will also provide live video (fee) on FurmanPaladins.com.
Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Bucs make their final road trip of the regular season as ETSU travels to Ft. Myers for a three-game conference series at Florida Gulf Coast, which begins Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
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