Bucs host Tennessee Tuesday; Radford Wednesday
ETSU opens a brief two-game home stint Tuesday night.
ETSU opens a brief two-game home stint Tuesday night.
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4/22/2014 | Johnson City, Tenn. | Attendance: 1811
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Limited number of standing-room-only tickets left for UT game

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 21, 2014) – The ETSU baseball team gears up for a pair of home midweek games, beginning Tuesday night when the Bucs host Tennessee at 7:05 p.m. at Thomas Stadium. Following their game against UT, the Bucs host Radford on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Reserved tickets for the Tennessee game are sold out, while a limited number of standing-room-only tickets are still available for $8 each. Fans can purchase tickets online by visiting ETSUBucs.com, or by calling the ETSU Athletics Ticket Office at (423) 439-3878 and (423) 439-4828. Online sales will end on Monday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets can be e-mailed directly to you by using the print-at-home system, or held for pick-up at the gate on game day. To avoid waiting in long lines, fans are encouraged to use the print-at-home function.

Click here to purchase standing-room-only tickets online.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

The Bucs (19-18) split a rain-shortened series last weekend at Jacksonville as the Dolphins won game one, 13-6, before ETSU took game two, 7-3. The second game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning due to thunderstorms and the remainder of the series couldn’t be completed due to unplayable field conditions.

Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to help fuel ETSU’s offense in the 7-3 win, while junior right-hander Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) earned his second straight winning decision after holding the Dolphins to three runs on eight hits in six-plus inning of work.

Freeman extended his hitting streak to six straight games, while Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) also extended their hit streaks to six straight over the weekend. Sophomore Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) carries a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game against Tennessee.

ABOUT TENNESSEE

The Vols (25-13) dropped two of three at home to eighth-ranked Alabama over the weekend. Tennessee rallied from a six-run deficit to win the series finale, 10-9, on Sunday. The Vols scored six runs in the eighth and won on Vincent Jackson’s walk-off hit in the ninth.

Overall, Tennessee has dropped nine of its last 15 games, including the 2-1 setback to ETSU back on April 1 in Knoxville.

The Vols are led by Nick Senzel, Christin Stewart, and Will Maddox as the trio are all hitting over. 300 on the campaign. Senzel leads the team with a .339 batting average (41-121) and has driven in 28 runs, while Stewart leads the club in hits (50), doubles (12), triples (5), home runs (4), runs (32) and RBI (29), and Maddox is hitting .312 (39-125) and leads UT with 15 stolen bases.

As a team, the Vols lead the SEC in triples (15), while UT has 62 stolen bases and 34 sacrifice hits on the season.

Tennessee is 7-7 in games played away from Knoxville, compared to going 18-6 at home.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Junior right-hander Jimmy Nesselt will get the start for ETSU, while Tennessee counters with fellow junior right-hander Bret Marks.

Nesselt has won his last two starts and is 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA (33 ER/66.0 IP) in 12 appearances (10 starts) this season. Tuesday marks Nesselt’s first-ever appearance against Tennessee.

Marks is making his fourth start of the season (seven appearances) and is 3-0 with a 4.35 ERA (5 ER/10.1 IP) this season. Marks pitched one scoreless inning against the Bucs back on April 1.

SERIES HISTORY

Tennessee leads the all-time series, 58-15, but the Bucs have won six of the last nine and eight of 13 against the Vols, including a 2-1 win on April 1 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Freeman helped guide the Blue and Gold to the one-run win earlier this month by belting a two-run home run in the top of the fourth, while ETSU’s bullpen held the Vols scoreless for the final five innings to earn the win.

Senior left-hander Jared Burton (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked up the win on the mound, while Freeman closed things out en route to earning the save.

Senior right-hander Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) has not allowed a run in five innings of work (three appearances) against Tennessee, while Freeman is hitting .333 (6-18) with two doubles, one home run, four runs and four RBI in five career games versus the Vols.

ABOUT RADFORD

Radford (20-17) has won five of its last eight games and plays at home against North Carolina A&T on Monday.

The Highlanders lead the Big South in on-base percentage (.391), ranks second in runs scored (226) and third in batting average (.284).

Junior outfielder Patrick Marshall leads the team in hitting (.373) and hits (47), while junior infielder Hunter Higgerson is batting .312 (43-138) and has recorded a team-best eight home runs and 31 RBI.

Radford was picked to finish third in the northern division of the Big South Conference.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Sophomore left-hander Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) gets the start for the Blue and Gold, while Radford has yet to name its starter.

Jacques is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA (12 ER/18.0 IP) in 10 appearances (three starts) this season.

SERIES HISTORY

Despite being swept in the season series last season, ETSU still leads the all-time series, 21-16.

The Highlanders defeated the Bucs, 4-2, at Thomas Stadium on April 1, 2013, while capping off the sweep with a 14-10 victory on April 23 in Radford.

Chris Riopedre is hitting .538 (7-13) with five doubles, three runs and two RBI in four career games against the Highlanders, while Jeremy Taylor hit .556 (5-9) with one double, two stolen bases, two runs and two RBI in last season’s series.

COVERAGE

Live stats will be available for the games on Tuesday and Wednesday via StatBroadcast by visiting ETSUBucs.com. Fans can access live stats on their computers, mobile devices or tablets.

Live video also will be provided free of charge on ASun.TV for both games.

Live audio will be offered for Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster with “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos handling the play-by-play. Fans outside the Tri-Cities region can access WXSM online at http://www.640wxsm.com/ or you can listen to the games via your mobile device(s) by downloading the iHeart Radio application.

Live updates will also be posted on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics and @ETSU_Baseball.

TICKET INFO

Reserved tickets for the Tennessee game are sold out, while a limited number of standing-room-only tickets are still available for $8 each. Fans can purchase tickets online by visiting ETSUBucs.com, or by calling the ETSU Athletics Ticket Office at (423) 439-3878 and (423) 439-4828. Online sales will end on Monday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets can be e-mailed directly to you by using the print-at-home system, or held for pick-up at the gate on game day. To avoid waiting in long lines, fans are encouraged to use the print-at-home function.

Click here to purchase standing-room-only tickets online.

TAILGATING

Come out to Thomas Stadium early and tailgate prior to ETSU baseball games this season. A designated tailgating area will be roped off in the parking lot where fans can enjoy a festive environment before the Bucs take the field.

Click here for tailgating guidelines.

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