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Win: Will Lopez (1-0) 1.011100
Loss: Matthew Mercer (1-1) 1.124321
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 423101
Ethan Shelton (ETSU) 523201
Callen Nuccio (VMI) 502200
Jake Huggins (VMI) 412401
Josh Hollifield (VMI) 412000
Ryan Smoot (VMI) 322010
April 06, 2019123456789RHE
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Landon Knack (7-0) 7.083304
Loss: Adam Jewell (0-5) 1.247740
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
David Beam (ETSU) 534601
Will Knight (VMI) 412000
Ryan Hatten (VMI) 302100
Bucs split with VMI to open road series
Bucs split with VMI to open road series
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Beam’s six-RBI game helps level series with Keydets

LEXINGTON, Va. (April 6, 2019) — ETSU experienced both high and lows to open its first road series of the season at VMI, dropping a 7-6 decision in a continuation from Friday’s opener before striking back with a dominant 14-3 win to level the series Saturday.

The loss was ETSU’s first in conference play this season, while the win matched a season high in runs and moved the Bucs to 23-7 overall and 4-1 in Southern Conference play. VMI is now 7-24, 3-5.

The highlight of the day came in the nightcap, as sophomore David Beam (Knoxville) finished with a season high six RBIs in a four hit day. He had two singles, a double and a homer while scoring three runs.

 

Game One’s Conclusion

Saturday’s action began with ETSU leading 3-1 in the top of the seventh, following the power outage that temporarily suspended last night’s game.

The Keydets took advantage of the restart, scoring three runs in each of their two offensive frames to hand ETSU its first conference loss of the season, 7-6.

Sophomore Matthew Mercer (Chattanooga) took over for starter Micah Kaczor spotted a slim, two run lead, but VMI would find its offensive groove in the latter innings to tag Mercer with his first loss in 14 appearances this year.

Will Lopez (1-0) picked up the win following one run allowed in the eighth, while Zach Sanders earned his first save with two outs in the ninth.

VMI’s Jake Huggins gave his team the lead with bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the seventh, but ETSU re-tied the game off a solo shot by junior Jake Lyle (Spring Hill) — his first of the season.

A pair of errors would cost ETSU in the eighth, as the Bucs looked to keep it tied with two outs in the frame. A fielding error on an exchange from first base to Tate prolonged the inning and allowed the Keydets to add three more runs to regain the lead at 7-4.

Freshman Ethan Shelton (Lebanon) gave ETSU life in the final inning, clubbing one over for a two-run homer. It would not be enough, as VMI sealed the game by recording the final two outs.

Shelton and Lyle each had three hits to lead the Bucs.

To read more about last night’s events, click here.

 

Game Two Recap

ETSU unleashed its frustrations from the series opener with a seven-run second inning in Game Two, sparking a dominant 14-3 win to level the series.

Sophomore David Beam (Knoxville) got things going with a bases loaded RBI single to bring home a pair of early runs.

Beam would go on to lead the team with a 4-for-5 day, falling a triple short of the cycle in an impressive display. Beam was also the first Buccaneer to have a six-RBI game since Caleb Longley in 2017.

Five more crossed in that second inning montage on a pair of VMI throwing errors, along with a sac fly from Lyle. With a 5-0 lead, junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) belted one high and deep over the left field fence to add two more. Greer finished with two hits and three RBI.

The 7-0 start forced VMI to pull starter Adam Jewell and go to the pen, as Jewell picked up the loss (0-5).

On the other side, ETSU’s junior right-hander Landon Knack (Johnson City) tossed 7.0 innings to improve to 7-0 on the year. He allowed three runs off seven hits for his seventh quality start in eight tries. His ERA now sits at 1.92 through 51.2 innings.

After VMI added a run in the second, ETSU hauled in seven unanswered to double its total in the middle innings. Beam had a pair of RBI hits to bring home four in that span, while Greer, Cade Gilbert (Ringgold, Ga.) and Markell Graham (Atlanta, Ga.) knocked in one each.

Eight Buccaneers recorded at least one hit, as Gilbert joined Greer and Beam in the multi-hit club with a pair of singles. Graham reached in all but one plate appearance with a single and three walks, adding a stolen base and two runs to his RBI.

 

Up Next

The rubber match is set for Sunday at noon at Gray-Minor Stadium. With a win tomorrow, ETSU would pick up its second straight conference series win, while earning its eighth-straight series win this season.

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