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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Colby Stuart (1-0) 6.231115
Loss: RUNEY (0-2) 6.042235
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Bryce Hodge (ETSU) 502000
SHEA (NCCUBB) 401000
MAYNARD (NCCUBB) 311111
NORGREN (NCCUBB) 301010
VARELA-PAYNE (NCCUBB) 401000
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: MILLER (4-0) 6.142139
Loss: Nathanial Tate (0-2) 4.143326
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
JL Bland (ETSU) 401000
Ethan Cady (ETSU) 211010
Kyle Richardson (ETSU) 301000
Justin Hanvey (ETSU) 301000
SHEA (NCCUBB) 303200
Bucs Take Series over Eagles, Split Saturday Doubleheader
Bucs Take Series over Eagles, Split Saturday Doubleheader
Saturday, March 13, 2021

ETSU wins game one, 5-1; falls in game two, 3-2

DURHAM, N.C. (March 13, 2021) — The ETSU Baseball team concluded its final non-conference series on Saturday evening at the Durham Athletic Park. The Bucs won their fourth straight series to open the campaign, splitting the Saturday doubleheader with North Carolina Central. The Bucs took game one, 5-1 before dropping the series finale, 3-2 in seven innings.

GAME ONE: ETSU 5, NCCU 1
In the top of the first, Ethan Cady (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) gave the Bucs the lead with another rocket to right field. The starting right fielder launched his third home run of the series to give ETSU a 2-0 lead, scoring Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.).

King continued his offensive success in the series with a 2 RBI single through the left side in the seventh, extending ETSU’s lead to 4-0. The Eagles got on the board in the bottom half with a leadoff homerun to right center. Joseph Acosta (Vineland, N.J.) came in relief for Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) with one on and two outs in the seventh. After the next batter reached on an error, Acosta got out of the jam with a flyout to center.

In the eighth, David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.) extended his season-opening on-base streak to 13 with an RBI single to center, scoring Jake Lyle (Spring Hill, Tenn.). The Blue and Gold took a 5-1 lead into the ninth. After the first two batters reached in the bottom half, Seth Chavez (Pinetop, Ariz.) came in for the save. Chavez set down the next three batters in order to keep NCCU off the board in the final frame.

Stuart picked up his first win of the season and moved to 1-0 on the year. He struck out five over 6.2 innings on the mound. The Elon, N.C. native, allowed three hits, a season best.

Pitchers of record
» Win Colby Stuart (1-0)
» Loss Shawn Runey (0-2)
» Save Seth Chavez (3) 

Stat of the Day 
ETSU and its opponent combined for 7+ errors for the first time since April 4, 2018 when the Bucs and Radford totaled eight in ETSU’s 9-8 win over the Highlanders.   

Notables
» Cady hit his team-leading seventh home run in the contest. He is the first Buc to hit a home run in three straight games since Hagen Owenby from April 29 – May 1, 2016 vs VMI.
» King and Cady both recorded multi-hit games for the second-straight day.
» Cady walked three times, twice intentionally, becoming the first Buc this season to have three walks in a game.
» Stuart has allowed two runs or less in all four starts this season and this marked the first time he’s allowed just one this season.
» The two teams combined for six errors and 11 hits.

GAME TWO: NCCU 3, ETSU 2 (7 inn.)
The second game of the doubleheader began as a pitcher’s duel with the two teams combining for one hit and nine strikeouts through three innings. The Eagles’ hit in the first was a crucial one as the RBI single to left scored the NCCU walk from earlier in the inning.

The Eagles added two more to hold a 3-0 lead in the fifth. In the inning, the hosts loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. The Eagles tallied back-to-back one-out singles to the left side to complete their two-run fifth.

ETSU got on the board in the sixth. Cady began the inning with a leadoff double to right and advanced to third on Kyle Richardson’s (Zionsville, Ind.) flyout to right. Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.) reached on an error, scoring Cady. Hodge scored on a Beam sac fly to center, bringing the Bucs within one.  

Fresh into the game with one on and one out in the sixth, Matthew Mercer allowed a hit and a walk, loading the bases. With two outs, the senior lefty struck out his second batter of the inning to end the threat. 

Pitchers of record
» Win Ryan Miller (4-0)
» Loss Nathanial Tate (0-2)
» Save Scott Meylan (4) 

Notables
» Cady extended his season-opening on-base streak to 15 games, while Beam’s streak ended in game two of the doubleheader at 14.
» NCCU’s Tristan Shea led all batters with three hits and two RBI.
» Six of the Eagles’ nine starters struck out.
» Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) got the nod for ETSU and pitched 4.1 innings, allowed three earned runs and registered six strikeouts. NCCU’s ERA leader, Ryan Miller was on the bump for the Eagles at struck out nine over 6.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits.   

Record Update
» ETSU: 10-5
» NCCU: 8-5

Up next
The Blue and Gold face their final non-conference test on Tuesday in Knoxville, traveling to face No. 15 Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. 

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