JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 1, 2017) – After dropping the second game of the season series with Tennessee at Smokies Park last week, the ETSU baseball team has its eyes set on winning the season series against the Vols as the Bucs will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, May 2 for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
About the Bucs
ETSU enters the mid-week contest with a 17-10 non-conference record and a 20-22 overall record this year. The Bucs and Vols have each won a game this year, and the winner of Tuesday’s game in Knoxville will win the season series.
In the two games against the Vols this season, two Buccaneers have recorded four hits each against UT – Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.). Cook has four singles (three came at Smokies Park), and Maher has three singles and a double. Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Hunter Parker (Chattanooga, Tenn.) have multiple RBIs against the in-state rival as Bailey has three and Parker has two. Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) has the other double for ETSU against Vol pitching, while Jammer Strickland (Knoxville, Tenn.) has the lone home run against Tennessee.
Four Buccaneers haven’t allowed a run against Tennessee this year – Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.), Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.), Cook, and Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.). McCann started the first game of the season against Tennessee where he tossed five innings while striking out five and scattering six hits. Cate has worked two innings where he has struck out a pair without surrendering a hit or a walk. Cook and Taylor have combined for 1.1 innings against the Vols.
As a pitching staff, ETSU has struck out 12 Volunteers and walked five as opposed to Tennessee’s 11 strikeouts and ten walks.
Scouting the Vols
Tennessee enters Tuesday’s game with a 22-18 overall record including an 11-9 record at home.
After playing ETSU at Smokies Park last week, the Vols split at Vanderbilt where the Commodores won 1-0 in the series opener, and UT won the second game 9-3. Sunday’s game was cancelled in Nashville, Tenn. due to inclement weather.
In the two games against ETSU, Jordan Rodgers is paving the way with a .625 batting average (5-for-8) including knocking two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. Jeff Moberg, who has only started and played in the game in Kodak, Tenn., is hitting .600 (3-for-5) against the Blue and Gold as he has connected with the only triple of the season series. Dom Thornton and Justin Ammons have posted multiple hits against ETSU this year with Thornton knocking two hits and Ammons contributing three base knocks in two starts.
Three Volunteers have held the Bucs scoreless this year – Richard Jackson, Jacob Westphal and Daniel Vasquez. Jackson is the only one who tossed more than one inning as he twirled two frames while striking out one. Will Neely started last week at Smokies Park, and he went seven innings while striking out five and allowing four hits. Eric Freeman is the only pitcher who has appeared in both games this season against the Bucs, and he has totaled 2.1 innings while allowing two runs off four hits while walking two.
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