March 02, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Landon Knack (2-0) 8.0520011
Loss: CLYNE (0-3) 4.065564
SMITH (LIU) 412100
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 323010
March 02, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Daniel Sweeney (2-0) 7.042206
Loss: HUERTAS (0-2) 5.096624
VAUGHN (LIU) 412000
Cade Gilbert (ETSU) 414100
Bucs accomplish historic sweep with two wins over LIU-Brooklyn
Junior Landon Knack had 11 strikeouts in eight innings against LIU-Brooklyn in Johnson City Saturday afternoon.
Bucs accomplish historic sweep with two wins over LIU-Brooklyn
Saturday, March 2, 2019

ETSU Baseball sweeps its third consecutive three-game series for the first time in at least 30 years

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 2, 2019) – A memorable weekend came to a fever pitch on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Stadium, as ETSU baseball capped a historic sweep with a pair of 7-2 victories over LIU-Brooklyn.

With the wins, the 2019 Bucs clinched its third straight three-game sweep to open the season — a feat that has not been accomplished since at least 1983, according to available records.

ETSU improved to 9-2 on the season, sweeping an LIU-Brooklyn (1-9) team who was fresh off a 1-0 midweek victory over No. 9 Georgia heading into Johnson City.


Game One Recap

The series-clinching win was powered by an outstanding outing by local hero Landon Knack (Johnson City). The Science Hill High School alum threw 8.0 innings with two unearned runs allowed, but none earned. Knack also struck out 11 hitters — striking out the side twice — and did not allow a walk.

The ETSU offense also came to play in the early game, tacking on four runs in the first inning to control momentum. A pair of pitching miscues allowed two runs to score before freshman Kyle Richardson (Zionsville, Ind.) began a career day with a two-RBI single.

Knack cruised through nearly the entire game, allowing only two unearned runs which came after a two-out fielding error. LIU-Brooklyn found three consecutive hits to add a couple of runs, but would not score again. Knack also allowed only two hits outside the fourth inning.

The fifth inning produced two extra base hits and a run. Junior Ethan Cady (Soddy Daisy) drilled a triple in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 5-2. Prior to Cady’s at-bat, junior Cade Gilbert (Ringgold, Ga.) belted a leadoff double to score the run.

Richardson once again made his presence felt in the seventh inning with his second hit of the day, driving home Noah Hill (Ringgold, Ga.) to push the lead to 6-2. Junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) would plate the final run in the eighth inning with a sac fly.

For the game, Cullen Smith (Lebanon) led the offense with a 3-for-3 day that included a pair of doubles, one walk and two runs. Richardson drove in three of ETSU’s seven runs and now has nine RBI in six games — adding two more in the series finale.


Game Two Recap

Another Johnson City native followed Knack’s outing with a solid showing on the bump, as Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City) earned his second win of the year in a 7-2 victory.

Sweeney went 7.0 innings with just two runs allowed on a pair of sacrifice flyouts. The redshirt-senior had six strikeouts without a walk, scattering just four hits in the outing.

The offense continued to surge in the finale, as Gilbert became the first player this season to have a four-hit game. The junior shortstop continues to light up pitchers with a .429 average through 11 games and 42 at-bats. Ringgold teammate Noah Hill led the team with three RBI off a two-run single and a sac fly.

The Bucs fell behind in the second inning for the first time in the series, but instantly took the pressure off with a five run third inning. Junior Jake Lyle (Spring Hill) tied the game with an RBI single and was followed by Hill and Richardson’s two-RBI hits.

After the team’s traded runs in the fourth, it would become all ETSU. The pitching staff would not allow another run, thanks to a combined effort in the eighth and ninth innings from Matthew Mercer (Chattanooga) and James Giambalvo (Alhambra, Calif.) behind Sweeney.


Up Next

All eyes will be on the Bucs next week in Nashville as the top-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores welcome ETSU to Vanderbilt Stadium on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

On the same road swing, ETSU will book to Atlanta for its first non-conference road series of the season at Georgia State on March 8-10.

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