|April 18, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Micah Kaczor (5-0)||8.0||6||1||1||2||5|
|Loss: David Yourke (1-2)||2.2||2||2||0||2||3|
|John Dempsey (WOF)||3||0||2||0||0||0|
|Cade Gilbert (ETSU)||5||0||2||0||0||0|
|Sean Kearney (ETSU)||4||1||2||1||0||1|
|April 19, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Austin Higginbotham (8-2)||7.0||12||3||2||0||2|
|Loss: Landon Knack (8-1)||4.0||9||7||7||2||2|
|Matty Brown (WOF)||4||3||4||0||1||0|
|Cullen Smith (ETSU)||5||2||3||1||0||1|
|Jackson Greer (ETSU)||5||0||3||0||0||0|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 11, 2019) – Many eyes around the Southern Conference will be on ETSU baseball’s series this weekend, as the Bucs host Wofford in a three-game series April 18-20.
Start times are set for Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. with the series finale scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Times and dates are subject to change. Fans are encouraged to follow ETSU Baseball on the social media accounts below for updates.
This weekend marks a pivotal set atop the Southern Conference standings, as both ETSU and Wofford are tied for second place with a 6-3 record in conference play. Both teams are also atop the SoCon in pitching, with ETSU leading at a 3.42 team ERA and Wofford in second at 3.89.
After Thursday’s series opener, a postgame Easter egg hunt will take place on the field. Select eggs will contain promotional coupons and candy courtesy of Zaxby’s and ETSU baseball.
Also a part of Zaxby’s weekend promotion with ETSU baseball, the first 100 children in attendance on Friday will receive a Zaxby’s coupon and can meet the Zaxby’s mascot.
Game Day Central
Live stats will be available via StatBroadcast for all three games. Times and dates are subject to change due to potential weather in the Tri-Cities area.
Game 1: LHP David Yourke (1-1, 2.79) vs. RHP Micah Kaczor (4-0, 2.24)
Game 2: LHP Austin Higginbotham (7-2, 3.38) vs. RHP Landon Knack (8-0, 2.16)
Game 3: LHP Hayes Heinecke (7-0, 2.39) vs. RHP Daniel Sweeney (5-2, 3.17)
ETSU leads the all-time series 28-23 in a rivalry that dates back to 1957.
Wofford took two of three from ETSU over in Spartanburg, S.C. last season, winning the rubber match with an 11th inning walk-off. Wofford also gave ETSU its first loss in last season’s SoCon tournament, 8-7 in 10 innings.
Since rejoining the SoCon in 2015, ETSU is 6-10 against Wofford and has not won a three-game series against the Terriers since their first season back in the conference.
With a 20-3 home record, ETSU is one of five teams in the nation to have at least 20 home wins with three or less losses, joining Arizona State (24-3), North Carolina (21-2), LSU (20-3) and Liberty (20-3). Wofford has also reached the 20-win mark through 28 home games.
ETSU received votes for the first time under Pennucci a few weeks ago, earning six votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll following a seven-game win streak and a victory over No. 23 Tennessee. Two weeks back, 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
ETSU comes in on a three-game win streak, including a 4-0 shutout against Appalachian State Tuesday night at Thomas Stadium.
As a team, ETSU is batting .277 with 34 homers and 77 doubles — the 24th most doubles in the nation. On the mound, the Bucs have a team-ERA of 3.42 to lead the SoCon.
Offensively, the Bucs are led by junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) with a .333 /.476 /.574 slash line. Greer also has six homers and 30 RBI to lead the team, while junior Cullen Smith (Lebanon) is hitting .328 with a team-best 44 hits and 11 doubles.
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 17-2 record and each have ERA’s that rank top-10 in the SoCon.
Knack has emerged as the leader with an 8-0 record and 2.16 ERA. Knack is one of three players atop the NCAA with eight victories, leading the staff with 60 strikeouts and 58.1 innings. Dating back to his JUCO days at Walters State, Knack has won 21 straight decisions on the bump.
Kaczor continues to hold down the ace role with a 2.24 ERA and a 4-0 record. Sweeney, who starts Sundays, has a 5-2 record with a 3.17 ERA. Sweeney had a career-high 10 strikeouts at Furman this past weekend, picking up the win in 7.0 innings.
The Terriers are off to a successful start to their season, clinching their ninth straight season with over 20 wins. Wofford leads the conference in many of the major hitting categories while ranking second in team-ERA (3.98) behind the Bucs (3.42).
Wofford has been known throughout the years for their speed, stealing at least 100 bags each of the last seven seasons. Wofford leads the nation with 117 so far this year (3.0 per game) with Mike Brown (30), Brett Rodriguez (22), Andrew Orzel (14) and Matty Brown (14) all ranking atop the conference in stolen bases.
Lawson Hill leads the conference with 57 hits and ranks third in batting average at .389. The sophomore catcher leads the Terriers with 30 RBI.
Wofford plans to start three left-handed pitchers this weekend, led by Hayes Heinecke with a 7-0 record and 2.39 ERA. Austin Higginbotham (7-2, 3.38) and David Yourke (2-2, 2.79) will also start, while Rasesh Pandya leads the bullpen with a 0.92 ERA in 19.2 innings from 14 appearances.
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