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Baseball prepares for final non-conference game at Georgia on Tuesday
5/15/2012 | Athens, Ga. | Attendance: 1545
Monday, May 14, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 14, 2012) – After closing out the home portion of the schedule over the weekend against Stetson, the ETSU (22-29) baseball team hits the road to face SEC foe Georgia (29-22) in its final non-conference tilt of the season on Tuesday night at Foley Field.
Tuesday’s first pitch will begin at 6:00 p.m. and can be heard live on 640-WXSM and online at ETSUBucs.com.
The Bucs will send junior right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) (4-4, 4.24 ERA) to the mound, while Georgia will counter with righty Luke Crumley (2-2, 4.02 ERA) on Tuesday night.
ETSU is coming off three straight losses at the hands of Stetson over the weekend, while Georgia split two games against conference rival South Carolina. Game three of the series between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks was cancelled due to rain.
Sophomore Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) continues to put up impressive numbers at the plate. Freeman leads the team with a .364 average, while also leading the squad in hits (75), doubles (14) RBI (46) and on-base percentage (.407). The 75 hits ties for the lead in the Atlantic Sun, while the .364 average and the 45 RBI rank third and fourth in the A-Sun, respectively.
Meanwhile, Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) continue to pace the Atlantic Sun in home runs. Scruggs and Pratt both hit home runs at Radford on Wednesday night. Scruggs is near the top nationally with 18 homers, while Pratt is close behind with 16 long balls.
Georgia comes into the game with a .279 team batting average led by Curt Powell, who is hitting .348 on the season with two home runs, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The Bulldog pitching staff owns just a 3.84 team ERA, while the team’s .978 fielding percentage sits near the top of the SEC.
The Bucs and Bulldogs have met 10 times throughout the years with Georgia owning a perfect 10-0 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams last met in 2008 when Georgia came from four runs down to push across five unanswered runs in the final three innings to earn a thrilling 9-8 victory in Athens.
Following Tuesday’s game against Georgia, ETSU will remain in the Peach State to close out conference play against Kennesaw State beginning on Thursday.
For more information on ETSU baseball, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the baseball link.