|February 14, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Landon Knack (1-0)||5.0||2||0||0||1||11|
|Loss: S.-P. (0-1)||4.0||4||3||2||4||4|
|Cade Gilbert (ETSU)||4||1||3||3||1||0|
|February 15, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Zach Kirby (1-0)||5.0||6||1||1||1||6|
|Loss: WINTERSTEIN (0-1)||2.2||3||5||5||3||3|
|Jake Madole (ETSU)||4||1||3||3||0||0|
|February 16, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Walker Joyce (1-0)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0|
|Loss: MEYERS (0-1)||0.1||4||5||5||1||1|
|Ben Jackson (ETSU)||4||2||3||4||0||1|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2020) — The ETSU baseball team is set to begin its 2020 season at Thomas Stadium against the Toledo Rockets this weekend.
The opening series will kick off with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Friday, Feb. 14, followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and the series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. All times are subject to change.
Friday’s game will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with Mike Gallagher on the call. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE VIDEO.
RHP Landon Knack vs. RHP Layne Schnitz-Paxton
RHP Zach Kirby vs. LHP Nicky Winterstein
RHP Hunter Loyd vs. RHP Jordan Power
The Bucs will be giving away Beanies sponsored by Pepsi to the first fans in attendance on Friday.
The Bucs enter 2020 after concluding last season with a 34-21 record and an 11-12 record in the SoCon. The Bucs are led by head coach Joe Pennucci who is in his third season at the helm of Buccaneer baseball. The 33-man roster consists of 14 newcomers and six true freshmen. The Bucs will open their campaign at home for the 10th straight season and hold a 6-3 record in that span.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
After recording winning seasons each in 2017, '18 and '19, the Bucs secured three winning seasons in a row for the first time since the 1981-83 seasons. In those years, ETSU went 44-17, 34-19 and 20-18, respectively. In 2017, ETSU finished 30-29 and in 2018 began the Joe Pennucci era with a 28-25 mark.
IT'S OPENING DAY!
In both of Coach Pennucci's seasons at ETSU, the Bucs have won both opening day matchups with scores of 6-2 and 4-3, respectively. Over the last 35 years, ETSU holds a 13-21-1 record on the first day of the season. Since the turn of the century in 2000, the Bucs are 9-10. The current active streak of three opening day wins is the longest in program history.
SOCON PRESEASON POLLS
The Bucs were slated fourth along with UNCG in the Southern Conference preseason coaches poll. The Bucs tallied three preseason All-SoCon selections in Jackson Greer (Knoxville, Tenn.), Landon Knack (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.). The media picked the Bucs to finish fifth.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME — SERIES HISTORY
The Bucs and the Rockets have not faced off in over 20 years with their last and only meeting coming on March 11, 1999. In that meeting the Bucs won 4-3 with Reid Casey getting the win and Jeremy Griffiths picking up a loss after tossing an eight-inning complete game for the Rockets. In that game, the teams left a combined 21 runners on base. Former Buccaneer great, Brandon Eierman finished the game 3-for-3 with a walk and a double shy of the cycle.
Toledo finished 2019 17-36 and 4-21 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets have brought in a new head coach, Rob Reinstetle and have a squad consisting of 18 newcomers. Of the teams’ 18 newcomers, seven are true freshman. Reinstetle comes to Toledo as a first-year head coach after nearly 15 years of experience as an assistant coach at seven different programs which include Cincinnati, College of Charleston, Ole Miss and most recently, Western Kentucky. In his stint with College of Charleston from 2004-05, he faced ETSU six times and holds a 6-0 record against the Bucs.
Toledo was picked to finish last in the MAC in D1Baseball’s preseason poll and the MAC coaches projected the Rockets to finished ninth of 11 teams. Layne Schnitz-Paxton leads the Rockets on the mound as the only returning pitcher scheduled to start over the course of the weekend. In 2019, Schnitz-Paxton held a 2-6 record with 11 starts and 61.1 innings of work. He struck out 47 batters, allowed 31 walks and 29 earned runs for an ERA of 4.26.
The other two arms for the Rockets are newcomers to Toledo’s squad. Nicky Winterstein, Saturday’s projected starting pitcher is a transfer from Francis Marion University and made two relief appearances in 2019 and held a 27.00 ERA in 1.1 innings of work. Jordan Power, the Sunday starter held an 8-3 record in seven starts at Chattanooga State Community College last year. With 72.2 innings under his belt, he struck out 85 batters and held a 3.47 ERA.
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