JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 12, 2014) – After being swept at Florida Gulf Coast this past weekend, the ETSU baseball team looks to regroup and end the regular season on a positive note as the Bucs open a four-game homestand Tuesday night against Appalachian State. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
Returning home could be just what ETSU (24-26) needs to get back on track before heading down to Ft. Myers, Fla., next week for the Atlantic Sun Championship. Overall, the Blue and Gold have won four straight and 14 of their last 17 games at Thomas Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU struggled in the Sunshine state as the Bucs were outscored 30-7 by Florida Gulf Coast, while also being out-hit, 44-27. All seven of ETSU’s runs were scored in Sunday’s finale, while 15 of the 27 hits were also registered in game three as well. The Bucs were shut out in the first two games as FGCU took the opener, 14-0, and won game two, 8-0.
Junior Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) paced the Buccaneer offense over the weekend as he hit .625 (5-8) with two runs and an RBI, while Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) and Tyler Roach (Knoxville, Tenn.) combined for nine of ETSU’s 27 hits. Riopedre, who drove in three runs in Sunday’s setback, hit .385 (5-13) with one double and scored two runs, while Roach went 4-for-11 (.364) with a walk.
On the mound, seniors Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) made scoreless appearances, while freshman Austin Hutchison (Jefferson County, Tenn.) also tossed two scoreless innings against the Eagles. Chesney registered three scoreless frames and Rice worked 1.2 scoreless innings on Sunday.
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
Appalachian State has lost seven of its last eight games and sits 17-31 on the season.
The Mountaineers dropped two of their three games at Samford over the weekend and wrap up the regular season at home against Furman this weekend.
Appalachian State is led by junior Michael Pierson as he leads the club in average (.347), hits (60), doubles (14), and runs (38), while sophomore Dillon Dobson is tied for fourth in the Southern Conference in home runs (11) and ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.573).
The Mountaineers are averaging over seven runs per game in their last seven outings, but Appalachian State is issuing over 10 runs during this span.
Overall, Appalachian State is 8-25 in games played away from Boone on the season.
Red-shirt senior right-hander Derek Bushey (Richmond, Va.) will make his final start at Thomas Stadium Tuesday night.
Tuesday marks Bushey’s third start of the season, and he was in line for his first win in two-plus years last Wednesday before Furman rallied for the 9-8 walk-off win in Greenville.
Bushey has not earned a decision in 15 appearances this season and has a 5.87 ERA (10 ER/15.1 IP).
Appalachian State has yet to name its starter.
Appalachian State leads the all-time series, 73-55, but the Bucs have won eight of the last 12 versus the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers rallied for a 7-6 walk-off win over ETSU last month in Boone.
Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) is 5 for 11 (.455) with two doubles and three runs scored against Appalachian State, while Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) is 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles, three runs, and five RBI in four games against the Mountaineers.
Live stats will be available for Tuesday’s game via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.
Live video will be provided free of charge on ASun.TV.
Live audio will be available 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 updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Bucs wrap up regular season play with a three-game conference set against Mercer, beginning Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
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