April 29, 2016123456789RHE
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Jamin McCann (3-3) 3.020014
Loss: Jack Gomersall (0-2) 1.234412
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Matt Pita (VMI) 423000
Jeremy Taylor (ETSU) 555110
April 30, 2016123456789RHE
VMI020400000661
ETSU01301040X9141
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Blake Smith (4-4) 5.110005
Loss: Blaine Lafin (1-3) 0.122201
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Collin Fleischer (VMI) 423000
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 534101
May 01, 2016123456789RHE
VMI1000012217112
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Jamin McCann (4-3) 3.031121
Loss: Ryan Bennett (0-1) 2.067713
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jacob Jaye (VMI) 513000
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 433201
Lance Mays (ETSU) 523100
Bucs return home to host VMI this weekend
Bucs return home to host VMI this weekend
Thursday, April 28, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 28, 2016) – Coming off its season-long nine-game road swing, the ETSU baseball team returns home to host VMI in a three-game series starting Friday night at Thomas Stadium. 

GAME TIMES/PITCHING MATCHUP

Friday – 6 p.m. – Game No. 41

RHP Lee Haeberle (3-0, 6.53) vs. RHP Matthew Eagle (5-5, 5.16) 

Saturday – 2 p.m. – Game No. 42

TBA vs. RHP Josh Winder (3-4, 5.29) 

Sunday – 1 p.m. – Game No. 43

TBA vs. TBA 

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU dropped eight of its nine games on the road swing and enters the weekend at 16-24, 3-9. 

Junior Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.), senior Robby McCabe (New Port Richey, Fla.) and sophomore Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) carry on-base streaks into this weekend’s series … Rowlett has reached in his last 20 games, McCabe in 16 straight and Maher has reached safely in 14 consecutive contests. 

Rowlett has hit safely in his last 12 conference games, and McCabe has at least one hit in his last 11 SoCon games. 

Seniors Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) enter the weekends in search of reaching milestones … York needs eight hits to reach 200 for his career, while Phillips is five RBI shy of 150 … Fellow senior Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) has started in 207 of the possible 213 games since his freshman year in 2013 … Taylor’s 207 games played rank 15th among NCAA active career leaders. 

The Bucs have recorded double digit hits in their last six games and 13 of their last 14, while ETSU’s 444 hits this season ranks 17th nationally … The Blue and Gold also rank eighth nationally in home runs (51), 10th in slugging percentage (.494), 22nd in batting average (.308) and 25th in scoring (7.5). 

Friday night starter Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.) is 3-0 with a 3.59 ERA (17 ER/42.2 IP) in 10 appearances (seven starts) at home, while junior left-hander Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA (5 ER/13.0 IP) in 10 appearances at Thomas Stadium. 

ABOUT VMI

VMI has lost four straight, 14 of its last 17 games, and enters the weekend at 18-27, 2-13. 

The Keydets have three players hitting over .300 with senior infielder David Geary leading the with a .353 batting average … Geary also leads the team in hits (59), doubles (19), triples (5) and RBI (40), while Matt Pita (.331) and Nathan Eaton (.307) are the other two players hitting over .300. 

As a team, VMI ranks third nationally in home runs (55) and fifth in doubles (99) … On the flip side, Keydet pitchers have surrendered 60 home runs and 102 doubles. 

The Keydets have dropped 14 of their 18 games played away from Lexington, Va., while their two conference wins have come against Mercer (4-3) and The Citadel (8-3). 

Red-shirt sophomore right-hander Jack Gomersall is tied for third in the SoCon in appearances (25), ranks fifth in ERA (3.60), and eighth in opposing batting average (.253), while senior righty Taylor Edens’ six saves ranks third. 

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU and VMI have played 86 times and the Buccaneers lead the all-time series, 45-41.  

The Bucs won two of three from the Keydets last season, marking the first meeting since March 2003 … Aaron Maher hit .364 (4-11) with a double and triple, while Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) was 2-for-4 with one home run and three runs … Trey York hit .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles, two runs and two RBI … Lee Haeberle allowed one run on five hits and struck out five in 5.2 innings, and Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) didn’t allow a run in two appearances (1.2 innings) and earned a save. 

This weekend is VMI’s first trip to Johnson City since March 14-16, 2003 when the Bucs took two of three from the Keydets.  

The Bucs have won nine of the last 12 against VMI, while head coach Tony Skole is 10-5 all-time against VMI during his tenure at ETSU.   

COVERAGE

All three games this weekend will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network, while live stats will be available on ETSUBucs.com via StatBroadcast

Live updates will also be available via Twitter by following @ETSU_Baseball

WHAT’S AHEAD?

The Bucs wrap up their brief four-game homestand Wednesday night when ETSU hosts Winthrop … First pitch is set for 6 p.m., at Thomas Stadium. 

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