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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Jamin McCann (5-3) 2.210004
Loss: Parker Curry (5-2) 3.0107711
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Blake Rowlett (ETSU) 433210
Hunter Swilling (SAM) 413210
May 07, 2016123456789RHE
ETSU40130030112123
Samford223200000992
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Josh Jacques (1-1) 1.210002
Loss: Tristan Widra (3-4) 2.212212
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Aaron Maher (ETSU) 522301
Blake Rowlett (ETSU) 512301
Robby McCabe (ETSU) 522402
T.J. Dixon (SAM) 613000
May 08, 2016123456789RHE
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Samford0010000124114
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Jamin McCann (6-3) 5.251144
Loss: Stephen Jones (3-2) 4.132251
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Trey York (ETSU) 623301
Heath Quinn (SAM) 502100
Austin Edens (SAM) 412211
Danny Rodriguez (SAM) 402000
ETSU begins seven-game road swing this weekend at Samford
ETSU begins seven-game road swing this weekend at Samford
Thursday, May 5, 2016

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (May 5, 2016) – The ETSU baseball team looks to build on its conference win streak as the Bucs begin a seven-game road swing this weekend at Samford. Game one of the series is set for Friday night (7 p.m. EDT) at Joe Lee Griffin Field. 

GAME TIMES/PITCHING MATCHUP

Friday – 7 p.m. – Game No. 45

RHP Lee Haeberle (3-2, 7.42) vs. RHP Parker Curry (5-1, 2.29) 

Saturday – 3 p.m. – Game No. 46

RHP Victor Gonzalez (3-0, 7.65) vs. RHP Mikhail Cazenave (3-1, 5.84) 

Sunday – 2 p.m. – Game No. 47

TBA vs. TBA 

Please note, all times listed are EASTERN

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU (19-25, 6-9 SoCon) had their three-game win streak snapped after falling to Winthrop, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Thomas Stadium … Wednesday marked just the third time this season the Bucs were held to one run or less on the season. 

Senior Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) accounted for the only offense in the setback to Winthrop as the Buccaneer second baseman belted his 12th home run of the season … For the season, York ranks fifth nationally in total bases (126), sixth in doubles (20), 17th in slugging percentage (.696), 18th in runs (50), 22nd in home runs (12), and 25th in hits (68) … York, who enters the weekend with 198 career hits, has reached base safely in his last 10 games. 

Junior Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) carries a 10-game hit streak into this weekend’s series, while he has also reached base in his last 24 contests … Rowlett is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with two doubles, three home runs, 14 runs and 12 RBI during his 10-game hit streak. 

Sophomore catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) has registered multi-hit games in each of his last six contests … Owenby – the team-leader in hits (70) and reigning Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week – is 18-for-29 (.621) with two doubles, three home runs, eight runs and eight RBI during this six-game hit streak … The Knoxville, Tenn. native ranks 17th nationally in hits and is tied for 22nd in homers. 

During their last four games, the Buccaneer bullpen is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA (4 ER/23.1 IP), while also limiting the opposition to a .171 batting average … Senior left-hander Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) and sophomore right-hander Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) both have two scoreless appearances, while juniors Blake Smith (Ninety Six, S.C.) and Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) have accounted for the winning decisions … Furthermore, Jacques hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances, while Smith hasn’t allowed a run in his last 12.1 innings out of the bullpen. 

As a group, ETSU is out-hitting the opposition, .420-.248, while outscoring its foes, 37-18, over the last four games. 

Overall, the Bucs rank fourth nationally in slugging percentage (.501), seventh in home runs (56), 10th in batting average (.315), 12th in hits (501) and doubles (101), and 17th in runs (337). 

ABOUT SAMFORD

Samford has won 10 of its last 15 games and enters the series at 26-19 overall, 8-7 in the SoCon … The Bulldogs are coming off a series win at league-leading UNCG last weekend in Greensboro. 

The Bulldogs are led by Austin Edens and Heath Quinn as they have combined for 122 hits, 31 home runs, 84 runs and 106 RBI … Edens – the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year and Preseason NCBWA All-American – is hitting .350 (62-for-177) with 11 doubles, 14 home runs, 35 runs and 48 RBI, while Quinn – another NCBWA All-American selection – is hitting .339 (60-for-177) with 10 doubles, 17 home runs, 49 runs and 58 RBI. 

Quinn ranks second in the country in home runs and Edens is 10th, while Samford is second as a team in homers (60) … The Bulldogs also rank 12th nationally in slugging percentage (.481), 18th in hits (486), 24th in runs (330) and 25th in on-base percentage (.397). 

On the mound, Samford boasts the lowest ERA in the SoCon (4.44), while also leading the conference in lowest runs allowed (230), second in opposing batting average (.262) and fewest hits allowed (393) … Friday night starter Parker Curry ranks second in the SoCon in ERA (2.29) and opposing batting average (.220) … Reliever Wyatt Burns’ 27 appearances are tied for the second-most in the conference. 

Eighteen of Samford’s 26 wins have come at home, while they have won four of its six SoCon home games this season. 

SERIES HISTORY

Samford leads the all-time series, 3-1. 

The Bulldogs swept the three-game series a year ago in Johnson City … The Bucs were outscored 30-12 in the series … Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) went 5-for-12 against Samford, and Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) hit .364 (4-for-11) with one home run. 

ETSU’s lone win in the series history was an 11-6 victory back on March 9, 2005. 

This weekend marks the Bucs’ first-ever trip to Samford. 

COVERAGE

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

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

WHAT’S AHEAD?

The Bucs continue their seven-game road swing as ETSU heads to Spartanburg, S.C., to open a three-game series at Wofford starting Thursday, May 12. 

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