March 24, 2016123456789RHE
ETSU05001314014142
Western Carolina3000021208112
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Blake Smith (2-3) 5.275514
Loss: Nail (0-4) 5.087744
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 503410
Blake Rowlett (ETSU) 523210
Bowman (WCU) 433402
Ferrell (WCU) 423201
March 25, 2016123456789RHE
ETSU21053000011134
Western Carolina23023002X12110
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Davis (3-0) 4.000036
Loss: Griffin Krieg (0-1) 3.122123
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jeremy Taylor (ETSU) 412110
Trey York (ETSU) 522301
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 412211
Aaron Maher (ETSU) 512000
Lance Mays (ETSU) 412500
Brown (WCU) 533100
March 26, 2016123456789RHE
ETSU1500201009132
Western Carolina35150001X15182
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Baker (3-2) 6.1129622
Loss: Jamin McCann (2-1) 1.257730
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Trey York (ETSU) 313211
Mt. Smith (WCU) 524601
Ferrell (WCU) 534200
SoCon play starts Thursday for ETSU Baseball at Western Carolina
SoCon play starts Thursday for ETSU Baseball at Western Carolina
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 23, 2016) – Southern Conference play opens March 24 for the ETSU baseball team as they travel to Cullowhee, N.C. for a three game series with Western Carolina.

Recap versus Winthrop

ETSU won their second of three road games this season as they traveled to Rock Hill, S.C. The Bucs took the game 7-5 after jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the middle of the sixth inning.

Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) went 2-4 with three RBIs and one run scored on Tuesday. He has brought up his season total of RBIs to 22, which leads the team. Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) reached base three times and scored the first run of the game in the first inning off an Owenby single to left. Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) extended his on-base streak to 14 straight games. York went 2-5 with a single and RBI triple. This is York’s first triple of the season leaving him one shy of tying Shane Byrne’s career record of 14, which is the third-most in ETSU history.

Robby McCabe (New Port Richey, Fla.) touched home twice for the Blue and Gold and tallied a broken bat single to shallow left field. Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) extended the ETSU lead in the fifth with a RBI single up the middle.

Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) started his first game of the season for the Bucs and went five strong innings. He surrendered just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Zach Thompson (Ooletewah, Tenn.) and Andy Higley (Knoxville, Tenn.) each came out of the bullpen and offered solid outings as neither gave up an earned run. Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) faced one batter in the eighth and struck him out to end the inning. Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.) trotted to the mound in the ninth and was perfect as he picked up his third save of the season.

Scouting the Catamounts

WCU is coming off a successful series on the road against Kansas State. The Catamounts swept the three game series in Manhattan, Kan., but WCU is coming off a tough game on the road against No. 3 North Carolina where the Catamounts lost 10-2. WCU is 9-11 overall in 2016 and is 4-1 in their last five games.

Two teammates from Western Carolina swept the SoCon Player of the Week honors last week as Bryson Bowman won Player of the Week and Tristan Baker earned Pitcher of the Week. This was the first time in WCU history two players swept the SoCon Player of the Week awards.

Eight of the WCU starters have a batting average of at least .300. Junior, outfielder Matt Smith has started all 20 games and leads the team in batting average with .392. He has 29 hits on the season with four homers and seven total extra base hits. Bowman leads many offensive categories for starters on the team: extra base hits (12), triples (3), RBIs (19), slugging percentage (.676), and walks (12).

Senior, outfielder Garrett Brown is another threat for the Catamounts as he totes a .311 batting average in 18 starts on the season. He has touched home 18 times and smacked nine extra base hits, which is the second most on the team. Brown also leads the team in stolen bases going 9-10.

As a team, WCU has a .297 batting average with 61 extra base knocks, 23 stolen bases, and 69 walks. Their pitchers allow opposing leadoff batters to get on often as leadoff batters hit .366 against WCU.

Western Carolina is efficient after six innings as they have a record of 6-1 when leading. Whenever they are trailing at the sixth inning, they are 2-9.

As a team, they are great at throwing runners out with 15 runners caught stealing. Danny Bermudez leads the team with 11 runners caught stealing.

As for pitching, freshman, southpaw Baker leads the team with a 2.45 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances. He has surrendered just three extra base hits, all doubles, with an opposing batting average of .284. In 22 innings on the bump, he has allowed six earned run with 14 strikeouts and ten walks. The Catamounts have four main bullpen relievers: Corey Sikes, B.J. Nobles, Colton Davis, and Chad Mabini. These four players have made at least eight appearances. Sikes has been the most effective reliever with 11.1 innings of work with five runs scored.

Series History

The Bucs and Catamounts have played in 94 games in their history with WCU leading the all-time series 63-31. However, the Bucs are 3-1 in the last two seasons and won the series last year in Johnson City 2-1.

ETSU outscored the opposition in the weekend series last year 16-12, and Krieg opened the series last year going the distance for the Bucs and picked up his second win of the season.  

What’s Next for the Bucs?

ETSU will host a mid-week clash with Radford on March 29 at Thomas Stadium at 6 p.m. The Bucs will the continue SoCon play against Furman inside Thomas Stadium starting on April 1 at 6 p.m.

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