April 28, 2017123456789RHE
Win: Ryan Simpler (6-3) 8.085447
Loss: Matt Ellmyer (1-2) 1.122211
McClain Bradley (WOF) 422000
Carson Waln (WOF) 312301
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 403000
April 29, 2017123456789RHE
Win: Spencer Kulman (8-3) 7.095425
Loss: Blake Smith (3-6) 5.21110716
Brett Hash (WOF) 444301
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 412111
Christian Bailey (ETSU) 402000
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 302000
Hunter Parker (ETSU) 402100
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Win: Austin Higginbotham (4-4) 7.173353
Loss: Jamin McCann (3-1) 4.044321
Kody Ruedisili (WOF) 513201
Mack Nathanson (WOF) 523401
Hagen Owenby (ETSU) 422010
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 512300
Hunter Parker (ETSU) 502000
ETSU baseball returns to Thomas Stadium Friday
ETSU baseball returns to Thomas Stadium Friday
Thursday, April 27, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 27, 2017) – The ETSU baseball team looks to rebound in Southern Conference play as the Bucs return to Thomas Stadium to host a three-game series beginning April 28 against Wofford at 6:30 p.m.

Probable Starters

Friday: RHP Ryan Simpler (5-3, 3.60 ERA) vs. LHP Adam Scott (5-3, 4.21 ERA)

Saturday: RHP Blake Smith (3-5, 4.65 ERA) vs. RHP Spencer Kulman (7-3, 4.71 ERA)

Sunday: LHP Jamin McCann (3-0, 5.22 ERA) vs. LHP Austin Higginbotham (3-4, 5.03 ERA)

About the Bucs

ETSU enters the SoCon weekend series with a 19-20 overall record and a 2-10 SoCon mark this year. The Bucs are trying to end a five-game losing streak and an eight-game conference skid.

Red-shirt junior Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) continues to swing a hot bat. In the last ten games, the Kingsport, Tenn. native has connected at a .543 clip including 25 hits. Of those hits, nine went for doubles and three went for home runs playing solely out of the leadoff role. In that same stretch, he has touched home 15 times, driven in seven RBIs and connected with a .935 slugging percentage.

Right behind him in the last ten games are two Buccaneers – Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.). Bailey is hitting at .395, and Owenby has connected at .394. Bailey has smacked 17 hits in the last ten games including four extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Owenby has also recorded 13 RBIs as he has totaled five doubles and 13 hits to go along with his team-leading eight walks.

On the year, Bailey continues to lead the ball club with a .392 batting average and right behind him is Cook at .374. Cook leads the team with eight total home runs and 14 doubles along with 46 runs scored. Bailey leads the team with 38 total RBIs and 65 hits. Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) sits in the top-3 on the ETSU team with a .344 batting average. He has swiped 11 bases this year and has only been caught once. The junior has also knocked 11 doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs this year.

Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) continues to headline the ETSU starting pitching staff as he is 5-3 in ten starts this year. He has totaled 65 innings pitched and recorded 73 strikeouts. He holds batters to a .263 batting average.

Despite giving up the walk-off home run at Appalachian State on Tuesday, Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) is consistently the top reliever for the Blue and Gold. He has appeared in 16 games and sports a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched. He has 25 strikeouts to his name and has allowed six earned runs this season.

Scouting the Terriers

Wofford enters the weekend contest with a 22-19 overall record and a 7-5 SoCon record, and the Terriers are currently in fourth place in the league.

In the last five games, Wofford is 2-3 with both wins coming against Samford in Spartanburg, S.C. In their most recent game, the Terriers dropped a neutral site game with Charleston Southern in Lexington, S.C. 5-2.

Wofford’s game plan this weekend is to steal as many bases as possible as it ranks second in the country with 100 stolen bases and stolen bases per game (2.41). Leading the team with 15 stolen bases is Carson Waln. Wofford has four players with double-digit stolen bases this year, and Reed Massey has the second-most with 14.

McClain Bradley leads the team in batting as he hits at a .392 mark in 26 games started. Max McDougald has started in 40 games and connects at a .324 rate. Brett Hash has the most power on the team as he has connected with 20 extra-base hits this year – 11 doubles and nine home runs. Kody Ruedisili leads the Terrier squad with six triples on the year.

The three Wofford starters ETSU will face this weekend – Adam Scott, Spencer Kulman and Austin Higginbotham – have combined for 15 of the 22 wins with Kulman leading the trio with seven wins, which is the ninth-most in the country.

Earlier in the year against Pittsburgh, Scott struck out 17 batters, which is the second-most in Wofford history and the most in its Division I era in a single game. The junior leads the team with 82 strikeouts, which ranks 14th in the country.

The Terriers have a pair of relievers that have been strong this year out of the bullpen – Chris Sheehan and Matt Ellmyer. Ellmyer has recorded the most innings out of the bullpen (46.1) as he has allowed only 18 earned runs including recording a pair of saves. Sheehan has appeared in nine games this year and sports a 3-1 record and a team-leading 2.33 ERA.

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