May 19, 2016123456789RHE
The Citadel100010000292
ETSU15300110X11140
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Lee Haeberle (4-3) 5.272228
Loss: JP Sears (5-7) 1.176621
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jason Smith (CIT) 502000
Mike Deese (CIT) 312111
Bret Hines (CIT) 402000
Jeremy Taylor (ETSU) 433110
Christian Bailey (ETSU) 423000
May 20, 2016123456789RHE
The Citadel3110010129121
ETSU0020007011090
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Jamin McCann (7-4) 1.000010
Loss: Zach Lavery (2-6) 2.033330
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Bret Hines (CIT) 513000
Trey York (ETSU) 522301
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 512000
Robby McCabe (ETSU) 402200
May 21, 2016123456789RHE
The Citadel0011012016100
ETSU00504100X10101
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Josh Jacques (2-1) 3.222115
Loss: Jordan Buster (0-2) 2.243312
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Stephen Windham (CIT) 402300
Bret Hines (CIT) 312010
Jeremy Taylor (ETSU) 514100
Bucs wrap up regular season this weekend against The Citadel
Saturday marks the final home game for seniors Danny Carrier, Lee Haeberle, Josh Jacques, Griffin Krieg, Andrew Lasure, Robby McCabe, Nathan Millsap, Kevin Phillips, Jeremy Taylor, and Trey York.
Bucs wrap up regular season this weekend against The Citadel
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ETSU looks to build momentum heading into SoCon Championship

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 18, 2016) – The ETSU baseball team wraps up regular season play this weekend as the Bucs host The Citadel in a three-game Southern Conference series starting Thursday night at Thomas Stadium. 

GAME TIMES/PITCHING MATCHUP

Thursday – 6 p.m. – Game No. 52

RHP Lee Haeberle (3-3, 7.38) vs. LHP JP Sears (5-6, 4.89) 

Friday – 6 p.m. – Game No. 53

RHP Logan Gentry (1-0, 6.11) vs. RHP Jacob Watcher (6-4, 4.25) 

Saturday – 1 p.m. – Game No. 54

TBA vs. TBA 

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU, who went 4-3 on its seven-game road swing, enters the final weekend of the regular season with an overall record of 23-28 and sits 10-11 in SoCon play … The Bucs enter the weekend in seventh-place in the SoCon standings and can finish anywhere between fifth and seventh once the final weekend results are complete. 

Sophomore outfielder Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) carries a 16-game SoCon hit streak into the series, while junior third baseman Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) has hit safely in 20 of his 21 SoCon games … Rowlett has also hit safely in his last 12 home games, while sophomore catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) has hit in his last nine games played at Thomas Stadium. 

As a team, ETSU ranks fourth nationally in slugging percentage (.502), fifth in home runs (69), 14th in hits (568), 17th in batting average (.311), 19th in scoring (7.5) and 20th in doubles (112). 

Saturday marks the final home game for 10 seniors as Danny Carrier (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.), Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.), Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.), Robby McCabe (New Port Richey, Fla.), Nathan Millsap (Kingsport, Tenn.), Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.), Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.), and Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) will all be honored in a pregame ceremony. 

Taylor has started in 218 of the possible 224 games over his career, while Phillips has played in 185 games (starting the last 124) and York has played in 184 games (starting the last 122 contests) … Lasure has played in 105 career games, making 50 starts, while McCabe – who transferred to ETSU in 2015 – has played in 65 games (54 starts) over the last two years and is hitting .306 (45-for-147) with six homers, 32 runs scored and 32 RBI this season … Carrier has played in 42 games (15 starts) over the last two seasons, while he hit .327 in 2015 … Millsap is a two-year player for the Bucs and has played in 17 games, making one start. 

Taylor’s 218 games played is tied for third all-time in program history, while he’s two games shy of passing Paul Hoilman (2008-11) for second … Following his two at-bats Tuesday night at Tennessee, Taylor broke the all-time record with 892 – the previous record was 889 held by Andrew Green (2010-13) … Taylor’s 218 games played ranks 16th among active NCAA Division I leaders, while he also ranks third in at-bats (892), fourth in runs (171), 12th in stolen bases (70), 13th in hits (247), and 45th in total bases (320). 

York is among active NCAA Division I leaders in triples (13, 10th), doubles (49, 20th), total bases (353, 20th), runs scored (147, 25th) and RBI (131, 35th), while Phillips’ 149 RBI ranks 16th. 

On the mound, Jacques and Krieg are four-year letterwinners with Jacques making 75 career appearances (13 starts) … Krieg – who missed the majority of the 2014 campaign – has 57 career appearances (28 starts) and posted a complete game win against Western Carolina in 2015 … Haeberle has spent the last two seasons in the Blue and Gold as he has made 39 appearances (26 starts), while posting eight wins and 132 strikeouts in 139.1 innings. 

ABOUT THE CITADEL

Citadel has lost five straight and enters the weekend at 16-37 overall, 6-15 in SoCon play … The Bullodgs, who were swept at home last weekend by Samford, are coming off a 16-4 setback at No. 6 South Carolina on Tuesday night. 

Offensively, Ben Peden, Clay Martin and Mike Deese have combined to hit 14 of The Citadel’s 28 home runs … Martin leads the team with a .274 batting average (32-for-117) and has six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 18 runs scored and 17 RBI, while Peden leads the team with six homers and Deese has four. 

Deese leads the club with 46 hits, while Stephen Windham and Bret Hines are tied for second with 41 … Windham has reached base safely in his last 13 games, while he also leads the team with 12 multi-hit games. 

On the mound, JP Sears and Jacob Watcher have combined for 11 of the Bulldogs’ 16 wins … Sears is 5-6 with a 4.89 ERA (40 ER/73.2 IP) with 82 strikeouts and Watcher is 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA (28 ER/59.1 IP) … Zach Lavery has recorded all eight of The Citadel’s eight saves. 

Sears struck out a career-high 19 hitters back on March 24 against VMI, which marks the most strikeouts by a Division I player this season. 

Twenty-three of The Citadel’s 53 games have been decided by two runs or less with the Bulldogs winning 11 of those contests. 

The Bulldogs have lost 17 of their 21 games played away from Riley Park. 

SERIES HISTORY

The Citadel leads the all-time series, 55-28, after winning all four games against the Blue and Gold a year ago … The Bulldogs swept the three-game set in Charleston and defeated ETSU in the SoCon Championship play-in game last May in Charleston. 

ETSU knocked off the Bulldogs, 12-4, in The Citadel’s last trip to Johnson City back on April 9, 2014.  

The Bucs are looking for their first series win over The Citadel since 2004 when ETSU swept the Bulldogs in Johnson City. 

Junior left-hander Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.) has made four scoreless appearances against The Citadel in his career, while Jeremy Taylor is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with three doubles, six runs, two RBI and two walks in six career games against the Bulldogs. 

COVERAGE

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

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

WHAT’S AHEAD?

ETSU plays its first game of the Southern Conference Championship on Wednesday, May 25 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. … Click here for SoCon Championship info. 

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