SB: Mountaineers Prepare for Pirates

Elaine (Richardson) Phipps
March 19, 2019
Financial News
March 20, 2019
SB: Mountaineers Prepare for Pirates

 

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State looks to keep the momentum going as they face off at home against East Tennessee State on Wednesday, Mar. 20. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

 
The Mountaineers swept ULM this past weekend in Monroe. This marked their second conference sweep of the season after sweeping Georgia Southern earlier this month.
 
App State has continued the best start in program history at 17-7 overall and 6-0 in the Sun Belt.
 
The Apps are 12-22 all time against the Pirates in their 34 total meetings. The last time the two faced off against each other was in a doubleheader in 2015 at home. The Mountainers took the first game 7-6 but lost the second 13-14.  
 

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
 
ETSU holds a 13-10-2 overall record going into Wednesday. The Mountaineers will be game three of a six game away streak for the Pirates. ETSU is coming off splitting a doubleheader at Tennessee Tech last Saturday.
 
The Pirates are ranked first in the SoCon in fielding with a .973 fielding percentage and third in pitching with a 3.96 team ERA. Junior Kelly Schmidt leads the team with a 3.14 ERA and 5-5 record in the circle.
 
As a team, ETSU ranks third in their conference for batting. With a team batting average of .287, the pirates have put together 14 home runs, 104 walks and 149 runs scored.
 
With 78 at bats, junior Nikki Grupp ranks among the top 15 in the SoCon with a .359 batting average. Junior Renae Spears currently leads the conference with a .500 batting average, but with only 4 at bats this season.
 

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS 
 
Junior Keri White currently leads the Mountaineers with a .365 batting average and is on a four-game hitting streak. Senior Jenny Dodd has reached base in 21 straight games with a team-best 25 walks. Dodd is now eighth all time in career total bases with 240. Haley Stewart and Sidney Russell have both reached base safely in 11 straight games as well. 
 
Junior Kenzie Longanecker is climbing the App State ranks as she just reached fifth all time in career strikeouts with 277. She also moved up to fourth in individual pitching in the Sun Belt with an ERA of 2.25 right behind junior Sydney Holland with an ERA of 1.86.