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Loss: Merritt (3-7) 9.0104119
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Win: Nathanial Tate (3-0) 2.010001
Loss: Goodman (0-2) 1.022210
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Win: Daniel Sweeney (6-3) 6.030004
Loss: Jordan Flanders (0-5) 2.275421
Cullen Smith (ETSU) 412010
Noah Hill (ETSU) 512200
David Beam (ETSU) 522000
Colby Emmertz (ETSU) 512200
Cade Gilbert (ETSU) 312200
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Bucs hope for bounce back series at The Citadel
Bucs hope for bounce back series at The Citadel
Thursday, May 9, 2019

ETSU baseball looks to snap conference skid in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 9, 2019) – After a hot start to the season, ETSU baseball has dropped seven of their last eight games and will look to bounce back this weekend with a three game series at The Citadel May 10-12 in Charleston, S.C.

ETSU (28-17, 7-10) suffered back-to-back sweeps the past two weekends at the hands of Mercer and UNCG. Meanwhile, The Citadel (10-37, 3-15) is in an even bigger slump coming into the weekend after dropping their last 17 contests.

The series is scheduled to begin on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., followed by Saturday at 2 p.m. and the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Joe Riley Park. Times and dates are subject to change this weekend.


Game Day Central

All three contests will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network. Live stats will also be available throughout the weekend.

Game 1: May 10 at 3 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets

Game 2: May 11 at 2 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets

Game 3: May 12 at 1 p.m. — Live Video / Live Stats / Tickets

Weekend Updates: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


Projected Starters

Game 1: RHP Micah Kaczor (5-1, 2.05) vs. RHP Jordan Merritt (3-6, 4.18)

Game 2: RHP Landon Knack (8-3, 3.12) vs. LHP Shane Connolly (3-6, 4.96)

Game 3: RHP Daniel Sweeney (5-3, 3.55) vs. RHP Jordan Flanders (0-4, 5.28)


Series History

The Citadel leads the all-time series with a 59-34 record in 93 contests.

Since ETSU rejoined the Southern Conference in 2015, both teams own sweeps over the other with the Bulldogs winning three in 2015 and ETSU sweeping in three in 2016. The last two seasons, The Citadel has won two of three with ETSU taking the finale.

The last matchup between the two ended in an 11-5 win for the Bucs in Johnson City on May 6, 2018. In that game, redshirt senior Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City) earned his first career save with only one run and one hit, a solo homer, allowed in 3.1 innings.

Also in last season’s series in Johnson City, junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) gunned down six of the seven stolen base attempts by The Citadel.


Quick Notes

ETSU has a 21-7 record at home this season, its best home start in Thomas Stadium history.

ETSU received votes for the first time under Joe Pennucci a month ago, earning six votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll following a seven-game win streak and a victory over No. 23 Tennessee. The following week, ETSU collected one vote for the Top 25.

With the win at UNC Asheville on April 30, ETSU clinched their third straight winning season this year, doing so for the first time since 1981-83. Furthermore, a win this weekend against The Citadel would surpass Pennucci’s win total from last year of 28 victories.

The Bucs have 25 newcomers in 2019, the most reported newcomers in all of NCAA Division 1 Baseball and ETSU’s largest turnover in the last 30 seasons. ETSU also has its second-largest roster in that span with 10 returners, making up a 35-man roster.


About the Bucs

ETSU has dropped seven straight games in conference play to fall to sixth place in the standings — putting them 1.5 games back behind Furman (9-9) and 0.5 ahead of Western Carolina (7-11).

As a team, ETSU is batting .276 with 39 homers. The Bucs have been powered by their pitching this season, holding a team-ERA of 3.60 to lead the SoCon and rank 27th nationally.

Offensively, the Bucs are led by junior catcher Jackson Greer (Knoxville) with a .339 /.464 / .576 slash line, eight homers and 37 RBI. Greer, who had a pair of three-hit games vs. UNCG last week, ranks second in the conference for on-base percentage (.464). Junior Cullen Smith (Lebanon) is batting .325 on the campaign with 38 runs, 27 RBI and seven homers.

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 an 18-7 record and each have ERA’s that rank top 10 in the SoCon.

Knack has emerged as a solid Saturday starter with an 8-2 record and 3.12 ERA. Knack led the nation in victories up until last week and now ranks second in the SoCon. His loss to Wofford two weeks ago snapped a 21 game win streak on the mound — 13 at Walters State Community College and eight at ETSU.

Kaczor continues to hold down the ace role with a 5-1 record and 2.05 ERA — ranking third in the SoCon. He dropped his first decision last weekend despite just two earned runs allowed. Sweeney has been just as strong in finales with a 5-3 record and a 3.55 ERA, which ranks ninth in the conference.


About The Citadel

The Bulldogs have seen their fair share of struggles this season at 10-37, but all 10 wins have come in Charleston for a 10-14 home mark. Away from home, The Citadel has an 0-23 record.

Despite a 3-15 conference mark, the team has been locked in one-run battles with UNCG, Furman and Wofford while owning a series win over VMI and one win over Mercer.

Only four players have started over 40 of the 47 games this season as 19 players have started at least one game in the field. Two of those players, Tyler Corbitt (.343 with 60 hits) and Bryce Leasure (.300 with 33 hits) have .300 batting averages. Leasure was a preseason second team all-conference selection.

On the mound, The Citadel has a 5.99 ERA led by its two primary starters Jordan Merritt and Shane Connolly who have combined for three complete games. Merritt leads the team with 56 strikeouts, while Connolly has two complete game shutouts and five quality starts this season.


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