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|Win: Blake Smith (3-4)||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Loss: STANLEY (0-3)||2.0||7||7||7||3||2|
|Robby McCabe (ETSU)||5||3||3||2||0||0|
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 4, 2016) – Coming off its first Southern Conference series win of the season, the ETSU baseball team continues its eight-game homestand Tuesday night when the Buccaneers host North Carolina A&T. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU, who has won three of its last four, is coming off a series win over Furman this past weekend … With the win, the Buccaneers moved their record to 14-13, 3-3 in SoCon play.
After dropping a heartbreaking one-run loss to the Paladins on Friday night, senior right-hander Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.) helped the Blue and Gold even the series with a quality start on Saturday … Haeberle held Furman to three runs (two earned) on four hits in a career-high eight innings en route to lifting ETSU to the 6-3 victory … On Sunday, junior righty Victor Gonzalez (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) earned the series-clinching win as he issued four runs (three earned) in five innings of work.
Senior righty Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) tossed four scoreless innings of one-hit ball on Friday night … Krieg also struck out two and issued zero walks.
Offensively, the Bucs hit .337 (34-101) with nine doubles, two triples and two home runs on the weekend … Senior infielder Robby McCabe (New Port Richey, Fla.) led ETSU as he hit a blistering .727 (8-11) with one double, five runs and three RBI, while sophomore Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.), junior Lance Mays (Ridgely, Tenn.) and senior Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) all hit .417, respectively … The Buccaneer trio each went 5-for-12, while Owenby recorded three doubles and three RBI, Mays – who hit safely in all three games this past weekend – had one double, one home run and scored four runs, and York – who has reached base safely in 21 straight games – posted two doubles, one home run, four RBI and scored three runs … In addition to York, Mays has also reached base in his last 13 games, and junior infielder Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) carries a seven-game hit streak into Tuesday night’s contest.
ETSU ranks in the top-35 nationally in slugging percentage (.502, 8th), home runs (33, 11th), triples (12, 14th), batting average (.308, 28th), and doubles (59, 33rd). Individually, York ranks 17th in slugging percentage (.741), 24th in home runs (8), 27th in hits (44) and 40th in batting average (.407), while Owenby is 24th in home runs (8) and 43rd in RBI (31).
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA A&T
North Carolina A&T (7-23) has dropped 12 of its last 15 games and lost two of three this past weekend at Savannah State.
The Aggies have three players hitting over .300 with senior outfielder Ryan Jantsch pacing the team with a .362 clip (25-69). Nine of Jantsch’s hits have gone for extra bases as he has posted seven doubles and two home runs, while Milton Rivera (.344) and Timothy Ravare (.319) are also hitting above .300. Rivera leads the team in hits (43) and home runs (7) and Ravare has seven doubles, one triple and 16 RBI.
As a club, North Carolina A&T ranks second in the MEAC in hits (279), RBI (162), home runs (26) and doubles (54). Rivera leads the conference in hits (43) and total bases (72).
North Carolina A&T is 4-3 when hitting two or more home runs this season; however, they have lost 16 of its 17 games when being out-hit and have allowed the opposition to score a run in the first inning in 16 of its 30 games.
Sophomore right-hander Tevelle Clark has two of the Aggies’ wins on the mound, while junior righty Will Greene has 35 strikeouts in 39.0 innings of work.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 11-1, and the Bucs are looking to sweep the season set after defeating North Carolina A&T, 17-5, back on March 8 in Greensboro.
The Bucs belted four home runs – including two by Owenby – and received multi-hit efforts from five different players. York led the charge with a 4-for-5 night and also drove in two and scored a pair of runs. Rowlett and McCabe also homered in the win.
On the mound, red-shirt freshman right-hander Russell Koesters (Kingsport, Tenn.) made his first collegiate start and earned his first win as a Buccaneer … Koesters allowed one run on six hits in four innings and senior southpaw Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) recorded two innings of scoreless ball (three strikeouts).
Senior left-hander Josh Jacques will get his first start of the campaign, while the Aggies have yet to announce their starter.
Jacques is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA (5 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 appearances this season … Jacques has made 12 career starts with his last coming on March 24, 2015 against Radford.
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A LOOK AHEAD
ETSU returns to SoCon play this weekend as the Bucs open a three-game series with reigning SoCon champion Mercer coming to Thomas Stadium … Game one of the three-game set begins Friday night at 6 p.m.
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