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ETSU baseball begins SoCon title quest Wednesday
ETSU baseball begins SoCon title quest Wednesday
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bucs travel to Fluor Field for 2018 SoCon Baseball Championship presented by Holston Gases

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 22, 2018) – It’s tournament time in the Southern Conference, as the ETSU baseball team treks to Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. to kick off the 2018 SoCon Baseball Championship tomorrow.

The No. 6 Bucs will face No. 3 Wofford in the first round nightcap, set for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Three other games will be played tomorrow prior to ETSU’s opening contest.

ETSU will look to win its first-ever SoCon tournament championship this week after finishing third place last season as the No. 7 seed. The Bucs’ last conference tournament championship came in 2013 as a member of the ASUN.


Tournament Central

All tournament games will be streamed via the SoCon Digital Network. Jason Patterson will handle play-by-play duties alongside color analyst Phil Cox and sideline/postgame reporter Stormy Buoanatony.

Fans can also follow each game via live stats.

Southern Conference Tournament Central Page


About the Bucs

The Bucs are coming off an up-and-down weekend that ended the regular season with a bitter taste. After splitting the first two games vs. Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C., the Terriers shocked ETSU with a 9-8 come-from-behind walk-off win in extra innings.

With the loss, ETSU secured the No. 6 seed for the tournament this week and will have another crack at the Terriers tomorrow night.

Senior pitcher Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) earned the final SoCon Pitcher of the Week accolade of the season for his efforts against Wofford. Simpler threw 6.2 innings in a 4-2 win, allowing a pair of runs, scattering seven hits and striking out 10 batters while walking only one.

Seniors Chris Cook (Kingpsort, Tenn.) and Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) also turned in strong performances in the series. Cook led ETSU with eight hits and four runs on the weekend, while Maher went 6-for-11 with two doubles, a homer and a team-high five runs batted in.

Six Bucs earned conference postseason honors Sunday, as Cook, Christian Bailey (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Caleb Longley (Cleveland, Tenn.) represented ETSU on the coaches’ and media’s All-SoCon first team squad.

For the second straight season, sophomore Cullen Smith (Lebanon, Tenn.) earned all-conference honors. Smith was ETSU’s lone representative on the All-SoCon second team for both the media and coaches — one year removed from his all-freshman team honors in 2017.

The freshman duo of Ben Jackson (Guyton, Ga.) and David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.) each earned a spot on the all-freshman squad — a 12-member team of freshmen voted on by the conference coaches.


Quick Facts

  • ETSU is outscoring opponents 46-12 in sixth innings this season.
  • Senior Chris Cook has hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games. He currently rides a nine-game hit streak and a 29-game reached base streak — the longest of any ETSU player this season.
  • Hitting streaks: Cullen Smith (13), Chris Cook (9), Aaron Maher (9), Christian Bailey (7)
  • Reached base streaks: Chris Cook (29), Cullen Smith (24), Caleb Longley (17), Aaron Maher (16), Christian Bailey (7)
  • ETSU holds a 20-2 record when scoring first.
  • The Bucs are 15-1 when scoring at least one run in the first inning. The first loss came in the regular season finale vs. Wofford.
  • The Bucs are 19-1 when leading after the fifth inning.
  • Through 50 games, ETSU is 19-3 when outhitting their opponents. 
  • Nine is the magic number, as ETSU is 13-0 when scoring at least nine runs and 10-0 when scoring 10 or more.


All-Time Overall/Tournament Records vs. SoCon

ETSU will seek its first-ever SoCon tournament victory this weekend. The Bucs won two regular season titles in its previous stint in the SoCon each in 1980 and 1981, making NCAA regional appearances both times.

The last time ETSU won a conference tournament title was in 2013 as a member of the ASUN. In that tournament, the Bucs went 4-0 in Deland, Fla., knocking off Kennesaw State in the championship game. ETSU also defeated No. 1 seed Mercer in extra innings during that tournament.

Since rejoining the SoCon for the 2015 baseball season, ETSU holds a 4-5 record in tournament action.

Three of the four wins came in last year’s quest, as the Blue and Gold advanced to the semifinal round as the No. 7 seed, knocking off No. 2 Western Carolina, No. 9 VMI and No. 6 Samford during the run.


All-Time Overall/Tournament Records vs. SoCon

Team                                      All-Time         Tournament*

No. 1 UNCG                             15-28               0-1

No. 2 Samford                         9-5                   1-1

No. 3 Wofford                          27-20               0-0

No. 4 VMI                               54-42               1-0

No. 5 Mercer                           15-33               0-0

No. 7 Furman                          41-47               0-2

No. 8 The Citadel                     34-59               1-1

No. 9 Western Carolina             36-68               1-0

*Tournament records since rejoining SoCon in 2015


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