Baseball closes out road swing at No. 30 Appalachian State

Monday, April 02, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 2, 2012) – After returning home from a three-game series at Lipscomb over the weekend, the ETSU baseball team will close out a four-game road swing at Appalachian State on Tuesday.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium with live audio and live stats available at ETSUBucs.com for fans unable to attend Tuesday’s game.

Freshman right-hander Kuehl McEachern (Mt. Dora, Fla.) (0-0) will make his first career start for the Bucs and will be opposed by Appalachian State righty Jamie Nunn (3-0). McEachern owns a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched this season and has not allowed a run in his last three appearances. Meanwhile, Nunn owns a minuscule 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings with just four earned runs allowed.

Sophomore Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) continues to lead the Bucs at the plate with a .363 batting average to go along with four home runs and 21 RBI. Meanwhile, Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) is batting .297 with a league-leading 11 home runs. Scruggs also leads the squad with 23 RBI and a .663 slugging percentage. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) and Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) continue to swing hot bats as well with both batting at a .300 clip or better, while Pratt is third in the league with nine home runs.

The Bucs dropped all three games at Lipscomb over the weekend. The Bison pitching allowed ETSU to hit just a combined .175 for the series.

Appalachian State currently sits at 22-5 after most recently sweeping a weekend conference series over Oakland. The Mountaineers head into the contest with a four-game winning streak and they are ranked No. 30 in the new NCBWA poll. ASU owns an impressive .317 team batting average on the year.

ASU is led at the plate by Daniel Kassouf as he leads the squad in batting average (.409), home runs (10), hits (47), slugging percentage (.757) and RBI (33). Meanwhile, Will Callaway is hitting .406 and leads the team in runs (32), on-base percentage (.465) and is second in stolen bases (16).  

The Mountaineers are the most frequent ETSU all-time opponent as the two schools have played 124 times through the years. Appalachian State owns a 71-53 advantage, but ETSU has won six of the last 10 meetings, including both games last season.

The Bucs and Mountaineers will play in Johnson City on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:05 p.m.

ETSU returns home for a three-game conference series against North Florida beginning on Thursday at Thomas Stadium.

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