February 23, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Micah Kaczor (1-0) 7.021115
Loss: BEYER (0-1) 3.065534
Noah Hill (ETSU) 302120
Colby Emmertz (ETSU) 402000
February 24, 20191234567RHE
Win: Landon Knack (1-0) 6.051008
Loss: LIGDA (0-2) 4.094413
Cade Gilbert (ETSU) 423200
Colby Emmertz (ETSU) 403000
February 24, 20191234567RHE
Win: Daulton Montagna (1-0) 0.210001
Loss: LAUK (0-1) 1.212222
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 411000
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 211020
Jackson Greer (ETSU) 201010
Ethan Cady (ETSU) 301110
Ethan Shelton (ETSU) 311201
Markell Graham (ETSU) 301000
Baseball welcomes Wagner for weekend series
Baseball welcomes Wagner for weekend series
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bucs look for back-to-back weekend sweeps for first time since 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2019) – The ETSU Baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Thomas Stadium for a weekend series against Wagner College, set for Feb. 22-24 in Johnson City.

The Bucs return home with a 3-1 record following a midweek loss at Virginia Tech. After sweeping Iona at home to open the season, ETSU will look for its first back-to-back series sweeps since doing so against VMI and Samford in 2016.

Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All first pitch times and dates are subject to change.

Sunday’s series finale will be ETSU’s Chili Cook-off, as fans are encouraged to join the Bucs at 11:30 a.m. when gates open to enter their best chili recipes for a chance to win prizes from ETSU Baseball.


Game Day Central

Friday’s series opener will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with Mike Gallagher on the play-by-play. All three games in the series will have live stats available.



GAME 1:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2IrG6NL              Stats: https://bit.ly/2E03gWk

GAME 2:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2BKNrCC             Stats: https://bit.ly/2BLSliy

GAME 3:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2ShIuX0              Stats: https://bit.ly/2EocXiK


Projected Starters

Game One:      Fri. Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.  

LHP Neil Abbatiello (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. RHP Micah Kaczor (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Game Two:      Sat. Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. 

RHP Eric Ligda (0-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. RHP Landon Knack (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

Game Three:   Sun. Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

RHP Nick Zuppe (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. RHP Daniel Sweeney (1-0, 0.00 ERA)


Series History

The Bucs and Seahawks have played one other series all-time, coming in 1998. ETSU took all four games on opening weekend that season (12-3, 5-4, 9-4 and 10-9).

That 1998 series for ETSU marks one of three sweeps of at least three games on opening weekend in the last 21 seasons — Niagara in 2005 and Iona in 2019.


About the Bucs

ETSU comes into 2019 with a 3-1 record, looking for its third straight winning season. The Bucs have not had three straight winning seasons since the 1981-83 campaigns.

The Bucs have 25 newcomers this year, the largest turnover in the last 30 seasons. ETSU also has its second-largest roster in that span with 10 returners, making up a 35-man roster.

Last weekend, junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) earned SoCon Player of the Week after batting 5-for-12 with two homers and a triple while driving home nine runs. Greer also had a 1.038 slugging percentage for his efforts. Currently, Greer rides a four game hit streak.

The duo of Cullen Smith (Lebanon) and Jake Lyle (Spring Hill) lead the Bucs with seven hits each and have reached base in all four games this season. Lyle is taking the leadoff role in stride, batting .438, while Smith has moved into the two-hole and is batting at a .412 clip.

On the mound, ETSU maintained a 2.67 ERA last weekend while debuting 13 total pitchers. Among those were weekend starters Micah Kaczor (Washington, D.C.) and Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City) who each tossed 5.0 innings with no walks, four strikeouts and no earned runs.


About Wagner

The Seahawks are coming off a historic season in 2018, finishing with an all-time best 38 wins, a co-Northeast Conference regular season championship and a runner-up finish in the NEC tournament.

The team comes back to the east coast this weekend after traveling to San Diego to open the season. Wagner was swept in three games by the Toreros to open the year 0-3.

Wagner returns many of their core players from that team, including three from a program high six all-league selections last year. One player the Seahawks had to replace was former catcher and 15th round MLB pick Phil Capra, who spent this past season with the Kingsport Mets — Rookie League affiliate of the New York Mets.

A load of the offense will be put on junior outfielder Freddy Sabido this season after leading Wagner in doubles (16) and triples (4) and ranking second on the team in RBI (44), homers (6), hits (63) and slugging percentage (.500).

All three weekend pitchers appeared for Wagner last season, including left-handed ace Neil Abbatiello who finished 8-0 with a 3.30 ERA in 87.1 innings. The No. 2 pitcher is Eric Ligda, who finished 7-2 last year with a 3.89 ERA in 88.0 IP.

Out of the pen, junior reliever Nick Robino was named a 2019 Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season powered by Diamond Sports and announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper back on Dec. 18, 2018.


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