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Win: Hamp Skinner (1-2) 3.010004
Loss: Colby Stuart (3-3) 4.032112
Taylor Garris (SAM) 513200
Preston Moore (SAM) 403100
Sean Kearney (ETSU) 412000
Jake Lyle (ETSU) 402000
Markell Graham (ETSU) 402000
Bucs fall to Samford in regular season finale
From left: Seniors Daniel Sweeney, James Giambalvo and Micah Kaczor are honored before their final home game at Thomas Stadium.
Bucs fall to Samford in regular season finale
Saturday, May 18, 2019

ETSU honors three seniors playing their final home game

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 18, 2019) – ETSU baseball closed its regular season at Thomas Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as Samford defeated the Bucs by a 9-1 final in Johnson City.

Prior to the contest, ETSU honored its three seniors, Micah Kaczor (Washington, D.C.), James Giambalvo (Alhambra, Calif.) and Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City, Tenn.) with a special ceremony.

Leading 2-1 midway through the game, Samford (39-17, 19-5) added seven late runs to seal the win and officially claim the Southern Conference regular season championship.

ETSU (32-19, 11-12) meanwhile finishes the regular season with 32 wins, needing just two postseason wins to tie for the fifth most wins in a season in program history. The regular season wins also surpass ETSU’s first season under skipper Joe Pennucci by eight victories.

Both teams used their bullpens in preparation for next week’s SoCon Championships, with Samford throwing seven pitchers and ETSU using six. Hamp Skinner got the win for Samford with three scoreless innings. Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, in 4.0 innings.

The bottom of the order helped produce the only run for the Bucs during the second frame, as leadoff hitter Cullen Smith (Lebanon) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly while the bases were loaded.

Furthermore, the 7-8-9 hitters each had two hits, including Jake Lyle (Spring Hill), Sean Kearney (Powell) and Markell Graham (Atlanta, Ga.). Kearney scored the lone run.

Samford struck for two runs in the second inning before ETSU’s sac fly. They would go on to score three each in the sixth and seventh innings while adding one more in the eighth. ETSU left 12 runners on base.

The Bucs will now await their opponent for the 2019 Southern Conference tournament at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. For the full schedule, click here.

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