JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 14, 2015) – Baseball’s regular season comes to an end this weekend as ETSU and Wofford square off in a three-game conference set starting Friday night at Thomas Stadium.
GAME TIMES/PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday – 6:05 p.m. – Game No. 53
RHP Jimmy Nesselt (4-6, 5.53) vs. RHP Matt Milburn (9-2, 3.54)
Saturday – 2:05 p.m. – Game No. 54
RHP Griffin Krieg (2-7, 7.11) vs. LHP Luke Leftwich (7-2, 4.29)
Saturday – 6:05 p.m. – Game No. 55
RHP Ryan Simpler (2-5, 6.91) vs. RHP Adam Scott (7-3, 3.87)
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU (19-33, 6-15 SoCon) suffered its fourth straight loss as Appalachian State rallied with five unanswered runs en route to earning 5-4 walk-off win on Tuesday night in Boone.
Even with three conference games remaining, the Bucs can’t move any higher than eighth in the conference standings and will be playing on Tuesday morning in the SoCon play-in game at 10 a.m. at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.
Junior Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) has reached base safely in 27 straight games and is hitting .328 (22-67) with four doubles, one triple, 12 walks, 19 runs and six RBI in his last 17 games. Sophomore Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) has reached base safely in his last 14 games.
Junior Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) has registered at least one hit in 41 games this season and leads the team with 25 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit games.
The Bucs have won four of their last five regular season home finale series.
This weekend marks the final home games for seniors Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.), Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.), Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Daniel Tucker (Hendersonville, Tenn.). The four seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony before Saturday’s doubleheader.
Wofford (35-18, 12-8 SoCon) enters the final weekend of play sitting two-games back of league-leading Mercer and a half-game back of Samford.
The Terriers have won four of their last five SoCon series.
Wofford has recorded 30 wins in back-to-back seasons; marking the first time in school history the Terriers have accomplished the feat.
The Terriers rank second in the nation in stolen bases (119) and Wofford’s pitching staff leads the SoCon in strikeouts (442).
Wofford has six hitters batting over .300 – senior designated hitter Matt Ramsay leads the team with a .365 batting average and 73 hits, while fellow senior outfielder James Plaisted is hitting .352 with 68 hits and 39 RBI. Senior first baseman Conor Clancey leads the SoCon in RBIs with 61 and doubles with 25, and also leads the team with 10 home runs, and is batting .333 on the season. Senior outfielder Matt Pelt is hitting .325, sophomore catcher Carson Waln is batting .317 and leads the team with 16 stolen bases, and sophomore outfielder Kody Ruedisili is batting .302.
Closer Will Stillman ranks second in the NCAA with 15 saves, while Friday night starter Matt Milburn leads the conference in wins (9) and game one starter of Saturday’s doubleheader Luke Leftwich’s 101 strikeouts tops all SoCon pitchers.
ETSU and Wofford have met 35 previous times with the Buccaneers leading the all-time series, 22-13.
The Bucs have won the last two meetings and 10 of the last 13.
This weekend marks the first conference series between the two teams since ETSU took two of three from Wofford on April 15-17, 2005 in Johnson City.
All three games this weekend will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network (weather permitting), while “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will have the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster starting with the Atmos Energy Dugout Show, which begins 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
Live stats will be available for this weekend’s series 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 heads to Charleston, S.C. for the SoCon Championship … The Bucs will be in Tuesday’s play-in game, which is scheduled for 10 a.m., at Riley Park.
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