This Week in ETSU Athletics: Feb. 11-17

Monday, February 11, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2013) – Below is a list of all the ETSU athletic events taking place for the week of Feb. 11-17.

Men’s Basketball (8-18, 6-7 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU men’s basketball team plays its final Thursday-Saturday home series of the regular season. The Bucs begin by taking on Kennesaw State (3-21, 2-10 A-Sun) Thursday at 7 p.m., and play the back end of a doubleheader Saturday at 4 p.m., versus Mercer (16-9, 9-3 A-Sun). Both games will take place inside the MSHA Athletics Center.

Both Buccaneer basketball games can be viewed by logging onto ASun.TV. Live audio can be found on ETSUBucs.com, or by listening to 640-WSXM on your AM radio. Live stats for both games will be provided by Stat Broadcast by logging onto ETSUBucs.com.

Last week: ETSU was in the road in Florida battling Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson. The week began Thursday as the Eagles avenged a 10-point loss to the Bucs earlier in the year with a 67-43 win. Saturday, ETSU found itself down 20 to Stetson in the second half, but as they’ve done so many times this year, the Blue and Gold found a way to claw back and win, 62-61.

Thursday’s game was all FGCU. Building a 12-point halftime lead, FGCU simply piled on the points, leading by as many as 27 in the second half to run away victorious. Defensively, FGCU held ETSU to just 23 percent shooting while also blocking a school-record 13 shots on the night. Offensively, the Eagles shot a blistering 56 percent from the field in the first half and outscored the Bucs 40-20 in the paint.

FGCU’s Sherwood Brown led all scorers with 17 points, while teammates Eric McKnight and Chase Fieler added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Meanwhile, the Bucs got 12 points from senior guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis), while junior forward Hunter Harris (Nashville) added 10 in the losing effort.

Saturday was a different story. Down 20 points with just 12 minutes, the Buccaneers rallied to close the contest on a 28-7 offensive run and ultimately grabbed the lead courtesy of a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) with six seconds to go. Rembert’s game-winning shot came after the Bucs inbounded the ball with 16 seconds left and Jones avoided the Hatters’ defensive pressure to find Rembert open in the right corner.

With 5.4 seconds left, Stetson’s Joel Naburgs attempted to force the ball up the floor for the win, but the Bucs stopped his progress and his pass attempt was intercepted by sophomore post John Walton (Memphis, Tenn.) as time expired.

The win marked the fourth Saturday victory in league play for the Bucs this season, as well as the fourth time this year that the team has rallied from a double-digit, second-half deficit to win.

Women’s Basketball (6-13, 4-8 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU women’s basketball team continues its normal week of Monday, Saturday games, first finishing up its Florida series with league-leading FGCU (19-5, 12-0 A-Sun) Monday night from Alico Arena at 7 p.m. The Saturday game comes back in Johnson City, as the Lady Bucs go after third-place Mercer (15-7, 9-2 A-Sun) in the front end of a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.

Both games can be viewed for free by logging onto ASun.TV. Live audio for each game can be found on ETSUBucs.com, or by listening to 640-WXSM on your AM radio. Live stats for Monday night’s game versus FGCU will be provided by FGCUAthletics.com via Stat Broadcast, while Saturday afternoon’s live stats will be available on ETSUBucs.com via Stat Broadcast.

Last week: The Lady Bucs suffered an 0-2 week without junior Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and senior Tasha Austin (Chattanooga, Tenn.), dropping a one-point game to Northern Kentucky, 77-76, at home and falling to Stetson in DeLand, 74-65.

The NKU game was a heartbreaker. After leading the game for 39 minutes, the Lady Bucs let the Norse hang around and ultimately paid the price when NKU hit a the game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining. A last second, close look at the basket from Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) caromed off the iron as the Lady Bucs let one slip.

Early on in the first half, the Norse had no answer for sophomore forward Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.). Burley scored 16 points in the opening nine minutes of the contest and was outscoring NKU by herself until midway through the period. She wound up with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Second-half turnovers and stagnant offense proved costly in the end, as ETSU allowed NKU to stick around. NKU scored the final four points of the game in the final minute to pull out the win.

Saturday’s game at Stetson was not as gut wrenching, but still ended up as a loss. Down 20 at halftime, the Lady Bucs clawed back and put up 41 points in the second half, but the 25-5 Stetson run to close the first half proved too much to overcome.

Burley led the way again, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards to secure her second double-double of the week. Sasha Sims did most of the damage for the Hatters, scoring 20.

Baseball (0-0)

This week: Baseball season begins this week for ETSU, along with the official opening of a completed Thomas Stadium with a three-game series against Penn State Friday through Sunday. Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place around 2 p.m., while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will begin at 1:05 p.m.

Live stats for all three games will be available through Stat Broadcast by logging onto ETSUBucs.com.

Softball (0-4)

This week: The ETSU softball team hits up the College of Charleston Classic, where it is scheduled to play five games through the weekend against Towson, Syracuse, James Madison, CofC and Akron.

Live stats for all games played at the College of Charleston Classic can be viewed by logging onto CofCSports.com.

Last week: The Buccaneers got the season underway in Auburn, Ala., at the Plainsmen Invitational, but were dropped in all four games to begin the season 0-4. Freshman Sam Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) had an opening day to remember, hitting two home runs in the night cap versus Kent State. The multi-homer game is the 13th in ETSU softball history.

The season got underway on Friday as ETSU took on Auburn and KSU. The Bucs came out swinging with two runs in the top of the first against the Tigers, but errors in the bottom half led to six runs for the home side and ultimately an 11-3 Auburn win. Carpenter’s two homers against the Golden Flashes drove in all four ETSU runs – the first giving the Bucs a 3-2 lead in the top of the second, but Kent State held on for a 5-4 win.

Saturday, ETSU began the day at 11 a.m., ET against Austin Peay. Lauren de Castro went the whole seven innings for the Governors (1-0), allowing just five hits and striking out two en route to the complete game shutout and a 5-0 ASU win. The Governor pitcher also went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI triple in the third and later scored to put her squad up by three.

Game two – a game which started at 9:40 p.m., ET, was all Army, jumping on ETSU from the get-go with two runs in the first. The Black Knights went on to score in five of the seven innings, chalking up crooked figures on four occasions, en route to downing the Bucs, 10-1. The lone ETSU run came in the bottom of the first off an RBI single from sophomore Alex Everett (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) to drive in Carpenter.

Men’s Tennis (3-2)

This week: The ETSU men’s tennis team opens the home season, welcoming No. 59 Georgia State and Nebraska to the Bristol Racquet Club. The Bucs first battle Georgia State Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Nebraska on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The Bucs will be looking to avenge losses to both squads from last year. ETSU was downed by Georgia State, 5-2, in Atlanta, and was narrowly defeated by Nebraska in Lincoln, 4-3.

Last week: Idle

Women’s Tennis (1-0)

This week: The Buccaneer women’s tennis team has three matches this week, beginning with a matchup against Liberty (0-3) Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va., at 1 p.m., indoors at The Sports Racket. Friday, ETSU will be in Akron, Ohio to take on the Zips (3-5) inside the LaTuchie Tennis Center at 1 p.m., and close out the week Saturday in Akron against No. 69 Oregon. 

Last week: Idle

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

This week: Idle

Last week: The ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams took home two wins at the Tiger Paw Invitational, both coming from the women’s side as Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W. Va.) set a personal best in the mile run and Karissa Bertling (New Port Richey, Fla.) took gold in the 200m dash.

Saturday at Clemson’s Indoor Track & Field Complex saw Clark outhustle Charlotte’s Maraya Slatter and Central Florida’s Anne-Marie Blaney down the home stretch, crossing the line in 5:00.32. Slatter was on Clark’s heels at 5:00.58 and Blaney finished at 5:00.93. The time moves Clark into a No. 4 ranking in the A-Sun. Bertling didn’t turn in her best 200m time, but it was good enough to take first. The sophomore also ran in the 400m, taking bronze.

The day prior, a trio of Campbell University transfers stood out with some top performances. Newcomer Courtney Kinlaw (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) qualified for the 60m dash finals and took sixth with a time of 7.65, while Rashad Campbell (Henderson, N.C.) and Diego Lawrence (Waxhaw, N.C.) performed well on the men’s side. Campbell took second place in the 200m, clocking in at 22.15, while Lawrence marked a season-best in the long jump of 7.27m to earn bronze.

Men’s Golf

This week: The ETSU men’s golf team takes to the opening round of the Puerto Rico Classic on Sunday in Puerto Rico. Rounds two and three will take place Monday and Tuesday of the following week. Live stats for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.

Last week: The Bucs competed at the Sea Best Invitational from the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, placing sixth.

Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) tied for third with Winthrop’s Kyle Bearden at 3-over-par (71-74-74—219), while Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) finished in a four-way tie for ninth at 7-over 223. Overall, this marks the top placing by both Buccaneer golfers in their young careers, as Meronk tied for 13th in his last two tournaments to finish the fall season and Hickman’s previous best finish came at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate when he tied for 37th.

Women’s Golf

This week: The ETSU women’s golf team competes in its first tournament of the spring season, beginning the Jim West Challenge Sunday in Blanco, Texas. Live results of the event will be available through GolfStat.com

Last week: Idle

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