April 12, 2019123456789101112RHE
Win: Nik Verbeke (1-4) 2.230003
Loss: Matthew Mercer (1-2) 2.221114
David Beam (ETSU) 513010
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 523101
David Webel (FUR) 604000
April 13, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Landon Knack (8-0) 6.2103328
Loss: Matt Lazzaro (1-4) 4.0105513
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 513000
Jabari Richards (FUR) 533111
Anthony Fontana (FUR) 603200
April 13, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Daniel Sweeney (5-2) 7.0844110
Loss: David Dunlavey (2-7) 5.056653
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 623200
Sterling Turmon (FUR) 412101
Logan Taplett (FUR) 312100
Bret Huebner (FUR) 412201
Bucs travel to Furman for three game set
Bucs travel to Furman for three game set
Thursday, April 11, 2019

ETSU looks to bounce back from series loss at VMI

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 11, 2019) – For the second straight weekend, ETSU baseball hits the road for a three game series as the Bucs take on the Furman Paladins April 12-14 in Greenville, S.C.

First pitch in Friday’s series opener is set for 6 p.m., followed by the swing game Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m.

Both ETSU (23-9, 4-2) and Furman (11-21, 4-5) enter the weekend in similar situations, as both teams have dropped three of their last four contests following series losses to VMI and UNCG, respectively.


Game Day Central

All three games will stream live on the SoCon Digital Network. Live stats are also available. Times and dates are subject to change.

Game 1: April 12 at 6 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets

Game 2: April 13 at 4 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets

Game 3: April 14 at 1 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets


Projected Starters

Game 1: RHP Micah Kaczor (4-0, 1.99) vs. LHP John Michael Bertrand (2-2, 4.14)

Game 2: RHP Landon Knack (7-0, 1.92) vs. RHP Rob Hughes (3-1, 4.81)

Game 3: RHP Daniel Sweeney (4-2, 2.87) vs. RHP David Dunlavey (2-6, 4.60)


Series History

Furman leads the all-time series 49-42.

The Paladins took last year’s series despite dropping a 15-2 loss in the series opener with the Bucs. ETSU avenged those losses in the 2018 SoCon Tournament, defeating Furman in an elimination matchup, 5-2.


Quick Notes

ETSU rode a seven game win streak that ended against Georgetown March 31 — its longest streak of the Pennucci Era and longest since 2013.

With a 19-3 home record, ETSU is one of four teams in the nation to have at least 19 home wins with three or less losses, joining LSU (20-3), North Carolina (19-2) and Arizona State (22-1).

ETSU received votes for the first time under Pennucci two weeks back, earning six votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Last week, ETSU picked up one vote for the Top 25.

The Blue and Gold are seeking their 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 in 2019, their largest turnover in the last 30 seasons and the most reported newcomers in the nation this year. ETSU also has its second-largest roster in that span with 10 returners, making up a 35-man roster.


About the Bucs

Last time out, ETSU fell in a tightly contested contest against Virginia Tech, 4-2, in front of 1,119 fans in Johnson City. A pair of seventh inning runs broke up a tie ballgame, as ETSU stranded the tying run on base to end the game.

As a team, ETSU is batting .275 with 30 homers and 69 doubles — the 15th most doubles in the nation. On the mound, the Bucs have a team-ERA of 3.47 to lead the SoCon.

Offensively, the Bucs are led by junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) with a .325 /.463 /.579 slash line. Greer also has six homers and 26 RBI to lead the team, while junior Cullen Smith (Lebanon) has team-highs with a .331 average, 26 runs, 10 doubles, 40 hits and 23 walks.

ETSU has used 13 pitchers this year. Among those pitchers are weekend starters Micah Kaczor (Washington, D.C.), Landon Knack (Johnson City) and Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City) who combine for a 15-2 record and each have ERA’s that rank top-10 in the SoCon.

Knack has emerged as the leader with a 7-0 record and 1.92 ERA. Knack leads the staff with 52 strikeouts and 51.2 innings. Knack is also one of nine players atop the NCAA with seven victories. Dating back to his JUCO days at Walters State, Knack has won 20 straight decisions on the bump.

Kaczor continues to hold down the ace role with a 1.99 ERA and a 4-0 record, including 13 innings with just one run allowed in his last two outings. Sweeney, who starts Sundays, has a 4-2 record, 2.87 ERA and a 44:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.


About Furman

The Paladins have dropped five of their last six, but prior to that stretch rode a five game winning streak. In conference play, Furman owns a three-game sweep against The Citadel, but were swept in three by Samford. Last weekend, Furman dropped two of three to UNCG.

As a team, Furman owns a .257 average with a 5.80 ERA on the mound. The Paladins are not afraid of the long ball with 32 homers to rank third in the conference.

Individually, Jabari Richards leads the team with a .413 batting average, five homers, four triples, four doubles and an .841 slugging percentage. Richards also hit for the cycle recently against Gardner-Webb on March 27.

Thirteen arms have appeared for Furman this year, led by Eric Taylor with a 2.25 ERA in 10 relief appearances. Out of the starters, Dunlavey leads with 41 strikeouts. Dunlavey and John Michael Bertrand each have a complete game this season.


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