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Win: Matt Bollenbacher (3-0) 4.251016
Loss: Connor Harris (1-5) 6.086335
Cade Fergus (GW) 513100
Ashton King (ETSU) 512300
Cam Norgren (ETSU) 322110
Jared Paladino (ETSU) 502100
David Beam (ETSU) 412110
Balanced Offense Backs Stingy Bullpen, Bucs Clinch Series Win
Balanced Offense Backs Stingy Bullpen, Bucs Clinch Series Win
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Eight of nine starters record hit, eight strikeouts in seven relief innings

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 26, 2022) – On an extremely windy afternoon, the Buccaneer bats didn't drift.

The Bucs took the second of three games at Thomas Stadium 9-4 against George Washington, as seven different starters recorded an RBI. The bullpen combination of Matt Bollenbacher (Powder Springs, Ga.), Andrew Ronne (Athens, Tenn.), and Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) combined for one unearned run over seven innings.

Flipping the script from last night, the Colonials struck first following a two-RBI double with no outs. Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.), who only threw two innings this afternoon, struck out the next two batters following the double, but George Washington was able to bring in another and increase the lead to three.

We’ve seen it all season, but it was evident today. The Blue & Gold responded to the early deficit as Jackson Green (Blackwood, N.J.) belted a leadoff home run to left field. Green’s second home run looked like a routine fly ball off the bat but caught an extra gust of wind to go over the outfield wall. With his home run, the Bucs have hit at least one out in their last six games and 10 of their last 11.

Bollenbacher came in following Green’s home run and did his job in limiting the Colonial’s offense, allowing just one run (unearned) in 4.2 innings. George Washington plated their final run in the fourth following a pair of errors.

Down three, the Bucs responded with that exact amount on some miscues from the Colonials themselves. David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) each got on base via an error while Justin Hanvey (Purcellville, Va.) laid down a beautiful bunt single. With the bases juiced and no outs, Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) made them pay, blasting a double to the wall and scoring all three aboard. All of King’s RBIs came on that swing.

After Bollenbacher struck out the side looking in the fifth, the bats got going again in the sixth. King would rip his second double of the game and Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) drew an intentional walk. With two away, Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) sliced one to the right-field corner to plate King and Norgren to give the Bucs the lead.

Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio), Norgren, and Webb would each score in the eighth by courtesy of Norgren, Jared Paladino (Levittown, N.Y.), and Beam, respectively.

Ronne retired the four batters he faced, and Tate induced a double-play following a leadoff single and struck out the final batter of the game.

With the win, the Bucs secured their fifth series win of the season, fourth at home with just one non-conference road weekend under their belt. ETSU is 2-0 on the season when going for the sweep.

Pitchers of Record

  • Win: Matt Bollenbacher 3-0
  • Loss: Connor Harris 1-5
  • Save: N/A

Game Leaders


  • King | 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
  • Webb | 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • Green | 1-for-4, HR
  • Beam | 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
  • Norgren | 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP
  • Bollenbacher | W, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 71 P


  • Fergus | 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, R
  • Ripp | 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • Harris | 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 96 P


  • Through 20 games, the Bucs team batting average has dropped under .300 just twice, holding a .307 team batting average.
  • Seven different players recorded an RBI today, the second-most this season by the Bucs. The Blue & Gold had eight different players record an RBI in the 14-4 win over Wagner on Feb. 27.
  • The Bucs improve to 2-4 on the season when their opponent scores first. ETSU is also 5-5 when scoring less than 10 runs.
  • Bollenbacher’s 4.2 innings in relief is the longest of his career, going four innings against Eastern Kentucky last season on March 6.
  • Ronne’s eighth relief appearance leads the team, holding a 2-0 record with a 2.87 ERA going into tomorrow. Ronne has thrown at least one full inning in each of his appearances.
  • Despite going only two innings, the Bucs improve to 5-1 when Stuart starts on the mound. Stuart is the lone pitcher this season to have six starts.
  • The Bucs have started 15-5 through the first 20-games of the season for the second time in Pennucci’s tenure, reaching the mark in 2019.
  • ETSU clinches the first-ever weekend series against the Colonials and stays unbeaten in three meetings.

Record Update

  • ETSU: 15-5
  • GW: 10-12

Up Next

The Bucs look to sweep the Colonials tomorrow afternoon at Thomas Stadium with first pitch at 1:00 p.m. The game will be streaming on ESPN+.

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