BOONE, N.C. (May 11, 2015) – The ETSU baseball team wraps up non-conference play Tuesday night when the Bucs take on former Southern Conference rival Appalachian State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU (19-32, 6-15 SoCon) was swept over the weekend by The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Junior outfielder Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) hit .417 (5-12) with two doubles, two walks, five runs scored and one RBI in the three games against the Bulldogs en route to extending his streak of reaching base safely to 26 straight games. In addition, senior outfielder Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) moved his streak of reaching base to 24 games, while sophomore infielder Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) has accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive games.
Junior Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) ranks 15th nationally in triples (6), 23rd in total bases (123), 34th in slugging percentage (.637), 39th in runs (50), 42nd in hits (72) and 43rd in RBI (50). Fellow junior Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) ranks 24th in RBI (52) and 47th in total bases (118), while Cook ranks 25th in runs (53) and is 42nd in hits (72).
ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
Coming off a series win over UL Lafayette two weeks ago in Boone, Appalachian State (16-36) dropped two of three at UT Arlington this past weekend.
The Mountaineers are led by Michael Pierson and Dillon Dobson as they are both hitting over .300. Pierson is 64-for-187 (.342) and has 12 doubles, seven home runs and 37 RBI, while Dobson leads the club with 14 doubles, 12 homers and 43 runs scored.
Overall, Appalachian State has played in 11 one-run games but is 2-9 in those contests, while going 3-7 in its 10 two-run games.
Seven of the Mountaineers’ 16 wins have come at home.
Junior right-hander Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.) is expected to make the start for the Blue and Gold, while Appalachian State has yet to announce its starter.
Haeberle, who has won his last two midweek starts, leads the team in wins (5) and is tied for second in starts (12).
Appalachian State leads the all-time series, 75-56, but the Buccaneers are looking to sweep the season series after defeating the Mountaineers, 10-4, last month at Thomas Stadium.
In last month’s win, Taylor broke the ETSU single-game steals record after swiping four bags and scored four runs, while Haeberle earned the win after allowing three runs in five innings of work.
ETSU has won nine of the last 15 against Appalachian State.
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