Bucs welcome Appalachian State at 3 p.m.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2023) – ETSU baseball will play eight of its next nine game at the friendly confines of Thomas Stadium, beginning with a traditional rivalry game on Tuesday against Appalachian State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Johnson City.
On Tuesday, ETSU will face a former Southern Conference opponent that’s now in the Sun Belt Conference for the second time, following a three-game series with Georgia Southern this past weekend.
The Bucs and Mountaineers will meet for the 140th time — ETSU’s most-frequently played rivalry game.
February 28 — ETSU vs. Appalachian State
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson City, Tenn.
Venue: Thomas Stadium
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First Pitch — 3:00 p.m.
ETSU: RHP #2 Nathanial Tate
APP: RHP #38 Trey Tujetsch
ABOUT THE BUCS
- ETSU enters with a 3-4 record, wrapping up a four-game road stretch this past Sunday.
- The Bucs faced two opponents last week that both hosted NCAA Regionals in 2022 — Virginia Tech last Tuesday and Georgia Southern in a three-game set this past weekend. The Bucs won the last of those four games, ending the series with a 10-2 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
- This season ETSU will face four teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA D1 Baseball Championship, including three that hosted regionals — Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern and Oklahoma State.
- The Bucs have a 29-14 record in February games under Coach Joe Pennucci and will look to make it 30 wins to end the month on Tuesday.
- ETSU is batting .283 as a team while limiting opponents to a .263 average through seven games.
- The Bucs have 24 returners and 15 newcomers on this year’s roster, including six returning starters.
- ETSU had three preseason all-conference selections last year in first team catcher Noah Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) and first team outfielder Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio), as well as second team designated hitter Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.).
- Barth leads the Bucs with a .394 batting average at the top of the order, going 13-for-33. He has reached base safely in 50 of his 54 career games so far, including hits in six of the first seven games this season.
- Last season, ETSU had two Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans in Barth and rising sophomore pitcher Andrew Ronne (Athens, Tenn.). Ronne was also named to the Preseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List for this season.
- So far, the pitching staff is led by fifth-year veteran lefty Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) out of the pen with three appearances and a 2.16 ERA through 8.1 innings.
- Tuesday’s starter will be another fifth-year senior in Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.), who owns a 4.00 ERA through an even 9.0 innings in two starts. He and junior transfer Austin Emener (Macon, Ga.) lead the Bucs with 11 strikeouts each.
- In the preseason polls, ETSU was picked to finish fifth in both the coaches and media polls. Last season, the Bucs finished fifth with an 11-10 record, but was only one game back of three other teams tied for second at 12-9.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS
- Appalachian State enters as one of the nation’s hottest teams with a perfect 7-0 record.
- The Mountaineers are just one of 13 teams in NCAA D1 baseball undefeated through the first 10 days of the season.
- The seven-game start marks the best open to an App State season since 2010.
- The Mountaineers own three-game sweeps over Queens and North Carolina A&T and a midweek win over High Point. App State has yet to play a true home game in Boone, but hosted Queens in Hickory, N.C. at L.P. Frans Stadium to open the season.
- App State ranks third in the Sun Belt with a .323 average, led by senior catcher Hayden Cross hitting .531 on the campaign with hits in all seven games thus far.
- Getting the start on the mound will be junior righty Trey Tujetsch, who has appeared once out of the pen this season with 2.2 innings pitched against Queens. He allowed just three hits and two walks with no runs allowed and three strikeouts.
- The Mountaineers are led by seventh year head coach Kermit Smith, who owns a 118-173 record at App State and a career record of 590-533 since 2001 with previous stints at Belmont Abbey College and Lander University.
- Tomorrow will mark the 140th all-time meeting — more than any other rival for ETSU.
- App State has a 79-59-1 record against ETSU.
- Both meetings were canceled last season due to weather. In 2021, the two sides split the season series with App State winning at Thomas Stadium in February and ETSU returning the favor with a 10-5 win in Boone that May.
- ETSU has a 3-2 record over App State since Pennucci took over in 2017.
- The last 10 meetings have been split evenly — 5-5.
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