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Win: Sara (1-2) 3.020004
Loss: Micah Kaczor (2-1) 6.061118
Christian Bailey (ETSU) 402000
Ben Jackson (ETSU) 302000
Lipke (WM) 402000
March 17, 201812345678910RHE
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Win: James Giambalvo (1-0) 2.020001
Loss: Strain (2-2) 1.231103
Chris Cook (ETSU) 522000
Aaron Maher (ETSU) 502100
Lipke (WM) 501000
Hall (WM) 501000
Ryan (WM) 411000
McDermott (WM) 401000
Socher (WM) 201010
Pearson (WM) 401200
March 18, 2018123456789RHE
William and Mary010000011360
Win: Sara (2-2) 1.000011
Loss: Drew Korzybski (2-2) 0.211000
Christian Bailey (ETSU) 402100
Smith (WM) 412101
Ryan (WM) 412000
Bucs look to extend win streak at William & Mary
Bucs look to extend win streak at William & Mary
Thursday, March 15, 2018

ETSU baseball looks for back-to-back series sweeps

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 15, 2018) – The ETSU baseball team rides a five game win streak to Williamsburg, Va. this weekend as the Bucs take on the William & Mary Tribe March 16-18.

After sweeping Winthrop last weekend, the Bucs will have five days off heading into Friday night’s contest. ETSU is 5-0 in Friday games so far and are 6-0 when playing after at least one day of rest.



Game One:      Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m.      Kaczor (2-0, 5.24 ERA) vs. Butts (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

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Game Two:     Saturday, March 17 at 4 p.m.  Simpler (2-2, 6.33 ERA) vs. Sheehan (1-1, 1.57 ERA)

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Game Three:   Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m.    TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Haney (1-3, 4.79 ERA)

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About the Bucs

ETSU earned four solid home wins last week, including a 12-7 midweek victory over Eastern Kentucky, followed by 8-4, 7-3 and 10-5 wins over the Eagles March 9-10 at Thomas Stadium. The sweep marked the first for first-year skipper Joe Pennucci.

On that weekend, three hitting streaks continued as Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) leads the team riding a nine-game hit streak. Hunter Parker (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) have each hit safely in the last five games.

In the series finale, ETSU baseball picked up its 1,200th all-time win. Two more milestones came in that game, as Cook and Maher each launched homers. Cook hit marks No. 250 for his career, while Maher’s first inning shot marked No. 200.

Senior Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) has been on a roll the past four games, racking up five doubles for last week in games vs. Eastern Kentucky and Winthrop. In the series finale, the local product from Dobyns-Bennett doubled in three straight at-bats. He now has seven on the season, tied for 2nd in the SoCon.

The pitching staff also turned in strong performances last weekend, as junior ace Micah Kaczor (Tampa, Fla.) tossed 7.1 innings, allowing just two hits and three runs in the win. Kaczor also posted his second straight double-digit strikeout outing at home, fanning 10 Winthrop hitters.

Senior veteran Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) followed Kaczor’s performance with a strong outing of his own, going 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and scattering seven hits. Simpler also continued his trend of strikeouts-to-walks, sitting down seven on strikes with just two free passes.

After senior Drew Korzybski (Knoxville, Tenn.) kept the Eagles off the scoreboard in 2.0 innings of work, Maher came into close. The lefty used only eight pitches and seven strikes to retire three batters in the close, striking out one in the three-up three-down final inning.

Game three saw Russell Koesters (Kingsport, Tenn.) pick up his second start of the season, as he went 4.2 innings leaving with a tie ballgame. Logan Gentry (Kingsport, Tenn.) would come in and earn the victory after the Bucs broke through with more of their eight unanswered runs.

Junior Dominick Stafanacci (Fort Myers, Fla.) earned his first career save as a collegiate baseball player, throwing a 3.0 inning no-hitter with five strikeouts and just one walk to preserve a 10-5 win.


Quick Facts

  • ETSU is outscoring opponents 16-0 in sixth innings this season.


  • Senior Aaron Maher is riding a nine-game hitting streak.


  • Fellow seniors Hunter Parker and Chris Cook each have five game streaks.


  • Cook is on a 27-game reached base streak dating back to last season.


  • Similarly, Maher is on a 24-game streak. Cullen Smith has a 16-game streak.


  • ETSU ranks 18th nationally with a 10.4 strikeout per nine inning mark. The Bucs pitching staff has ranked in the top 20 in this stat all season, ranking as high as second at 14.8.


  • ETSU holds a 7-0 record when scoring first and are 4-0 when scoring in the first inning.


  • The Bucs are 6-0 when not playing the day before and are 5-0 in Friday games.


About William & Mary

The Tribe are 6-12 on the season with five of their six wins coming in Williamsburg at the friendly confines of Plumeri Park. Most recently, W&M knocked off Lehigh in midweek action by a final of 12-2.

In the win over Lehigh, junior shortstop Zach Pearson went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. He leads the Green and Gold offense with a .299 batting average in 18 starts and team-highs of 20 hits and 12 runs.

Junior catcher and designated hitter Hunter Smith leads the Tribe with 13 RBI on the season, typically batting in the three or four hole. He bats .257 with a couple of homers and two doubles.

On the mound, W&M posts a 4.39 team ERA. The staff is lead by junior Bodie Sheehan, who holds a 1-1 record with a 1.57 ERA in four starts. Sheehan is expected to start Saturday against ETSU’s Ryan Simpler in a battle of wily vets.

A wild card player for W&M to watch for is junior Nick Butts. Not only will Butts start against Kaczor on the mound in the series opener, but he also owns eight starts in the outfield (four in left, one in center, three in right).


Series History

The two schools have met just five times for baseball, marking the second fewest all-time matchups between ETSU and any of its opponents this season. The Bucs hold the series advantage, 4-1.

Last season, ETSU swept the Tribe in Johnson City in a three-game series. The Bucs outscored W&M 32-12 on the weekend.

Simpler struck out a career-high 11 hitters in game one’s 15-3 win. On that weekend, four current Buccaneers went yard as Smith, Bailey, Cook and Longley each hit a homer. Cook and Longley’s homers helped spark a five-run comeback in the series finale, where the Bucs won 8-6.


For More Coverage

William & Mary will provide live stats and a video stream of each game in the series. For links, check the “related links” box on the right or see the schedule portion of this preview.

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