April 01, 2016123456789RHE
Win: Will Gaddis (4-3) 7.063317
Loss: Blake Smith (2-4) 5.086630
Brandon Elmy (FUR) 422201
John Michael Boswell (FUR) 412000
Trey York (ETSU) 512100
Lance Mays (ETSU) 412000
Robby McCabe (ETSU) 322000
April 02, 2016123456789RHE
Win: Lee Haeberle (3-0) 8.043245
Loss: Matthew Quarles (3-2) 6.075526
Carter Grote (FUR) 312010
Robby McCabe (ETSU) 413100
April 03, 2016123456789RHE
Win: Victor Gonzalez (2-0) 5.074311
Loss: Jake Crawford (0-3) 2.1108831
Carter Grote (FUR) 444101
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 514000
Baseball holds first home conference series against Furman
Baseball holds first home conference series against Furman
Thursday, March 31, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 31, 2016) – After opening their conference season on the road, the ETSU baseball team will hold their first conference home series against Furman starting on April 1 at Thomas Stadium at 6 p.m.

Radford Recap

ETSU won against Radford at home against the Highlanders 6-5 after a crazy finish that resulted in Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) to score from first base. Radford had two throwing errors on the play that gave the Bucs the narrow win on Tuesday.

Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) had a bounce back day after being held hitless in Cullowhee as he went 2-2 with a solo home run in the fourth and a single on Tuesday. He touched home twice and also drew a pair of walks. York extended his on-base streak to 18 straight games as he roped a single to center in the ninth. Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) continued his hot streak as he went 2-5 with a pair of singles and a RBI. Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) came up in a pinch-hit appearance late in the game and spanked a two RBI single to center to start the three-run eighth inning for the Bucs.

Head coach Tony Skole sent out eight different pitchers for the Blue and Gold in the contest on Tuesday. Victor Gonzalez (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) started and went two inning allowing two hits and one unearned run. Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Logan Gentry (Kingsport, Tenn.), Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.), and Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.) each tossed one efficient inning each without allowing a run to score. Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) lasted the longest out of the pen going 1.2 innings with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.

Scouting the Paladins

Jabari Richards leads the Paladins in a lot of offensive categories. He is a six-foot outfielder from Fayetteville, Ga. He leads the team in batting average (.395), runs (21), triples (2), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.658), on-base percentage (.432), and stolen bases (5). He has started in 18 of the 24 games for Furman. First baseman Brandon Elmy is another threat as he shows gap-to-gap power. He leads the team in doubles with five and totes a .306 batting average. Senior infielder, Jordan Simpson, is another threat in the lineup for Furman as he is second on the team with a .351 batting average and has nine total extra base hits. He has 23 RBIs to his name with a .521 slugging percentage.

Will Gaddis and Matthew Quarles have been the two main starters for the Paladins this year. Gaddis has a 3.72 ERA and has a 3-2 record in six starts. He leads the team in innings pitched with 38.2 and hardly walks any batter (5). His strikeout to walk ratio is 8 to 1. His batting average against is .243, which is the best among the starters. Quarles has started in six games and has a 3-1 this season. He has a 4.81 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched. He has been known to walk batters with 17 while striking out 28. The Bucs will see several pitchers out of the bullpen such as: Harry Norman, Nolan Mullen, and Steven Fondu. Mullen has been effective as he leads the team in ERA with 1.98 but has let up eight runs with three being earned. Norman has a 1-2 record with a 3.86 ERA with a .212 batting average against.

Series History

The Bucs and Paladins have met 78 times and Furman holds the slight edge, 40-38. ETSU lost the series in Greenville last year but had a chance to win the series as the Bucs and Paladins went to extras on Saturday of the series.

In the 10-9 game two win for Furman, the Blue and Gold tallied 14 hits and had three players with at least three hits including York and Phillips, and the Bucs scored in five different innings. ETSU took the last game of the series 7-3 after York and Phillips continued their hot series. York had three hits while Phillips tallied two knocks with two RBIs, and Simpler picked up his first conference win in the matchup.

What’s Next?

ETSU will finish their home-and-home series with NC A&T as the Aggies travel to Johnson City on April 5 at 6 p.m. ETSU took game one from NC A&T as the Bucs won 17-5 and smashed four home runs. After the midweek game with the Aggies, ETSU will welcome Mercer to east Tennessee for a three game set starting on April 8 at Thomas Stadium.

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