March 01, 2019123456789RHE
LIU-Brookyln010000020352
ETSU23004001X10130
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Micah Kaczor (2-0) 6.241136
Loss: PEDERSON (0-3) 4.2119935
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
MERCADANTE (LIU) 401010
VAUGHN (LIU) 411000
BRIGGS (LIU) 411201
SMITH (LIU) 411000
ADAMS (LIU) 201020
Cade Gilbert (ETSU) 513100
March 02, 2019123456789RHE
LIU-Brookyln000200000270
ETSU40001011X7111
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Landon Knack (2-0) 8.0520011
Loss: CLYNE (0-3) 4.065564
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
SMITH (LIU) 412100
GRISWOLD (LIU) 302000
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 323010
March 02, 2019123456789RHE
LIU-Brookyln010100000260
ETSU00510010X7130
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Daniel Sweeney (2-0) 7.042206
Loss: HUERTAS (0-2) 5.096624
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
VAUGHN (LIU) 412000
Cade Gilbert (ETSU) 414100
Bucs host LIU Brooklyn in hopes to remain hot at home
Bucs host LIU Brooklyn in hopes to remain hot at home
Thursday, February 28, 2019

ETSU Baseball brings perfect 6-0 home record into weekend series with Blackbirds

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2019) – The ETSU Baseball team will look to make history in early March this weekend, opening the month with a three-game series against LIU Brooklyn at Thomas Stadium beginning Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m.

ETSU brings a 6-2 record into the weekend following back-to-back weekend sweeps of Iona and Wagner in Johnson City. The Bucs will look for their third consecutive three game sweep this weekend — a feat that has not been accomplished according to available records dating back to the 1983 season.

The Blackbirds bring a little bit of momentum to Thomas Stadium despite a 1-6 start to its 11 game opening season road trip. This past Tuesday, LIU Brooklyn upset No. 9 Georgia with a 1-0 shutout victory in midweek action — marking the program’s first win over a top-10 team in school history.

This series will be Read Across America weekend, as ETSU Athletics encourages fans to bring elementary and middle school level books throughout the weekend to donate to two local schools in the area.

 

Game Day Central

GAME 1:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2BVbIpu              Stats: https://bit.ly/2H8xc5y

GAME 2:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2VmQ6JK           Stats: https://bit.ly/2H8Btpy

GAME 3:          Tickets: https://bit.ly/2GOfVzv            Stats: https://bit.ly/2VsoZ02

 

Projected Starters

Game One:      Fri. March 1 at 4 p.m.

RHP Zach Pederson (0-2, 12.86 ERA) vs. RHP Micah Kaczor (1-0, 0.75 ERA)

Game Two:      Sat. March 2 at 2 p.m.           

LHP Patrick Clyne (0-2, 16.62 ERA) vs. RHP Landon Knack (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

Game Three:   Sun. March 3 at 1 p.m.          

RHP Alec Huertas (0-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. RHP Daniel Sweeney (1-0, 2.89 ERA)

 

Series History

The Bucs and LIU Brooklyn have played only one time in their history — March 16, 1994. ETSU defeated Long Island in a tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla. by a final of 5-4. Nobody on ETSU’s roster was born during this game. This will also be LIU Brooklyn’s first trip to Johnson City.

 

About the Bucs

After falling at No. 14 Clemson, 14-3, this past weekend, ETSU enters the series with a 6-2 record. The Blue and Gold are seeking its third straight winning season this year and would do so for the first time since 1981-83 with a winning effort in 2019.

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.

Junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) earned SoCon Player of the Week on opening weekend after batting 5-for-12 with two homers and a triple while driving home nine runs. Greer leads the Bucs with three HRs, 12 RBI and an .821 slugging pct.

The duo of Cullen Smith (Lebanon) and Jake Lyle (Spring Hill) lead the Bucs with 11 hits each. Lyle is taking the leadoff role in stride, batting .438 and reaching base in all eight games this season, while Smith has moved into the two-hole and is batting .393 for a team best average.

On the mound, ETSU has used 13 pitchers and bring a 4.77 ERA into the weekend despite 14 runs against national powerhouse Clemson. Among those were weekend starters Micah Kaczor (Washington, D.C.), Landon Knack (Johnson City) and Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City) who each have a sub-3.00 ERA and one win in two starts.

Kaczor leads the bunch as the ace, holding a 0.75 ERA with a 1-0 record through 12.0 innings. The senior is also holding opponents to a .128 batting average.

 

About LIU Brooklyn

The Blackbirds finished 31-26 overall last season, capping off a historic season that saw the program’s first-ever conference championship and NCAA Regional bid in 2018. After winning the Northeast Conference over Wagner last season, LIU Brooklyn appeared in the Coastal Carolina Regional before its two-game elimination.

This season started on the wrong end of back-to-back sweeps against Lamar and Florida Gulf Coast, but instantly took a turn for the better with the blanking of No. 9 Georgia in midweek road action.

On the mound, the Blackbirds were led by two Georgia natives in their home state for a two-hit shutout in junior Jackson Svete and freshman Nick Torres at Foley Field. For the season, LIU Brooklyn carries a 5.84 ERA into the weekend.

The offense has seen its early struggles thus far, with its game high for runs sitting at four through seven games. The team has been held to one run or less in five of its seven games — all road contests.

  

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