Buccaneer Baseball opens 2005 season Friday vs. Niagara
Tony Skole begins his sixth season at ETSU Friday against Niagara
Tony Skole begins his sixth season at ETSU Friday against Niagara

Thursday, February 17, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2005) - The East Tennessee State baseball team will open their 2005 campaign Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the first of a three-game weekend series against the Niagara Purple Eagles from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.

            The Bucs finished sixth in the Southern Conference last season after going 28-30, 15-15 in SoCon games. ETSU will have a potent offense once again this season, led by preseason All-American senior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior preseason all-conference first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.). Junior righty Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) will anchor the pitching staff after winning nine games last season while Moore and senior Trevor Smith (Newport, Tenn.) will lead the Buccaneer bullpen.

            Niagara finished second in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2004 after 27-27, 16-9 in MAAC games. Shortstop Reed Eastley is preseason MAAC player of the year while the Purple Eagles feature a strong pitching staff. Junior righty James Avery went 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA last season and Josh Sawatzky earned conference newcomer of the year honors after going 6-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 2004.

            The second game of the series between ETSU and Niagara is scheduled for Saturday at noon and Sunday's finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

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WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 25 Results
MTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 25 Results
WTEN ETSU 4 Clemson, S.C.
Apr 25 Chattanooga (Semifinal) 2
SB ETSU 10 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 25 UNC-Greensboro 12
SB ETSU 3 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 25 UNC-Greensboro 11
MTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 25 Samford (Semifinal) 1
BB Western Carolina 4 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 25 ETSU 3
MTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 9
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 10
WTEN ETSU 1 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Samford (Final) 4
SB ETSU 2 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 26 UNC-Greensboro 7
BB Western Carolina 7 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 26 ETSU 10
MTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Furman (Final) 0
SB ETSU 6 Boone, N.C.
Apr 29 Appalachian St. 7
BB Appalachian St. 4 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 29 ETSU 10
SB ETSU 14 Boone, N.C.
Apr 29 Appalachian St. 13
BB ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
May 1 Furman 8