April 08, 2022123456789RHE
ETSU0021000025110
Western Carolina020010000365
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Matt Bollenbacher (4-0) 4.020007
Loss: Zach Franklin (1-1) 2.032201
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Tommy Barth (ETSU) 512100
Bryce Hodge (ETSU) 512100
Cam Norgren (ETSU) 412000
David Beam (ETSU) 412000
Immanuel Wilder (WCU) 412000
April 09, 2022123456789RHE
ETSU12310020413141
Western Carolina33011300011150
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Andrew Ronne (3-0) 2.010014
Loss: Tristen Campbell (3-1) 1.143300
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Bryce Hodge (ETSU) 433211
Cam Norgren (ETSU) 503100
Garett Wallace (ETSU) 423312
Zach Ketterman (WCU) 613000
Pascanel Ferreras (WCU) 613200
Will Prater (WCU) 633100
April 10, 202212345678RHE
ETSU3207050320191
Western Carolina1000603010106
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Nathan Hickman (1-1) 2.053321
Loss: Gavin Mortenson (2-4) 2.055512
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Noah Webb (ETSU) 535512
Pascanel Ferreras (WCU) 523300
Will Prater (WCU) 413210
SoCon Starter: Baseball Opens SoCon Play Against Catamounts
SoCon Starter: Baseball Opens SoCon Play Against Catamounts
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Split two games last season after third was canceled due to weather

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 7, 2022) – After a 12-game homestand took up more than half of March, the Buccaneers will continue their 11-game road trip that opened this month.

ETSU travels to Western Carolina for a three-game series at Ronnie G. Childress Field at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C. Last season, the Catamounts came to Thomas Stadium and split a Saturday doubleheader as Western Carolina taking the first game 3-0 before ETSU responded with a 7-1 win themselves.

First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and the finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. All games will be streaming on ESPN+.

Records: ETSU (17-8, 0-0 SoCon) | Western Carolina (14-15, 0-0 SoCon)

Twitter Updates: @ETSU_Baseball

Weather Forecast: Friday (mid-40s, cloudy, 60% chance of rain) | Saturday (mid-40s, cloudy) | Sunday (low-60s, sunny)

Game 1: Friday, Apr. 8 | 5:00 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN+

Probable Starters:

East Tennessee State – RHP Zach Kirby (2-0 | 2.28 ERA | 27.2 IP | 24 K | 11 BB)

Western Carolina – RHP Zebby Matthews (1-5 | 5.74 ERA | 42.1 IP | 54 K | 9 BB)

Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 9 | 3:00 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN+

Probable Starters:

East Tennessee State – LHP Colby Stuart (3-0 | 5.52 ERA | 31.0 IP | 24 K | 15 BB)

Western Carolina – LHP Dylan Wheeler (0-1 | 5.19 ERA | 8.2 IP | 6 K | 4 BB)

Game 3: Sunday, Apr. 10 | 1:00 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN+

Probable Starters:

East Tennessee State – RHP Hunter Loyd (3-1 | 1.34 ERA | 33.2 IP | 47 K | 11 BB)

Western Carolina – RHP Gavin Mortenson (2-3 | 3.75 ERA | 36.0 IP | 29 K | 10 BB)

ETSU QUICK HITTERS

  • The Blue & Gold suffered their first sweep of the season last weekend at Baylor, the first time ETSU has been swept in a weekend series since 2019.
  • ETSU had the week off after their third-midweek contest of the season was affected by weather, canceling a home game against App State.
  • Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) continues his hot streak since mid-March, coming off back-to-back multi-hit days against the Bears. Norgren leads the Bucs with a .367 average on a team-high 33 hits.
  • After just one four-hit game through 20+ games, the Bucs got similar production twice over the weekend, courtesy of Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) and Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.). In the last two games of the series, the duo combined to go 9-for-18 with three doubles, three home runs, and six RBIs.
  • With no midweek game, Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) carries a nine-game hitting streak while Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) holds an 11-game on-base streak.
  • Matt Bollenbacher (Powder Springs, Ga.) threw a career-high five innings of relief Sunday, breaking his previous career-high set a week before against George Washington after going 4.2 innings in relief. Bollenbacher has not allowed an earned run in his last 12.2 innings pitched.
  • After the streak was broken Friday night in Waco, the Bucs have recorded double-digit hits in 10 of their last 12 outings while homering in 14 of their last 16.
  • ETSU’s slugging percentage (.530) still ranks among the best in the nation, sitting 13th in the country. ETSU also sits ninth in doubles-per-game (2.56).
  • Since 2018, the Bucs have won eight of the last ten meetings, scoring double-digit runs in five of those.
  • In the 7-1 win last season, Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) matched his career-high innings pitched, throwing 8.0 innings of one-run ball while striking out seven.

ABOUT WCU

  • The Catamounts go into the first weekend of conference play 14-15 after taking two of three from Xavier and taking their recent midweek against Gardner-Webb 14-2.
  • WCU has scored 14 runs in back-to-back games for the first time since their season-opening series against Niagara. Over those first four games, the Catamounts ran wild with 72 runs, including a 15-0 shutout to end the weekend.
  • Seth Graves leads the Catamounts with a .352 average with six other Catamounts above the .300 mark as well. Drew Needham leads the Catamounts with six home runs.
  • Zebby Matthews, Friday’s expected starting pitcher, joined Stuart as a First-Team All-SoCon preseason selection. Matthews leads the conference with 54 strikeouts despite a 1-5 record and a 5.74 ERA.
  • Western Carolina was picked to finish third in the SoCon coaches’ poll, receiving one first-place vote. Sophomore Pascanel Ferreras was tabbed SoCon Preseason Player of the Year.

FOUND HIS GROOVE

After a stretch that saw Ashton King go 3-for-36 (.083), the switch has flipped for the junior as he is 21-for-62 (.338) going into this three-game series against Western Carolina. Stretching over these last 14 games, King has hit safely in 12 of them and reached safely in 13. All four of King’s home runs have come in the last 14 games.

BETTER CALL BOLLY

After transitioning back to the bullpen following his opening-day start, Matt Bollenbacher has found a huge groove in relief. Bollenbacher has allowed three earned runs in 18.2 relief innings after surrendering five in three during his lone start. Over his last three outings, Bollenbacher has allowed two runs (both unearned) in 12.2 innings while walking three and striking out 14.

STILL SWINGIN’ IT

Despite going 0-3 on the weekend, the Buccaneer bats weren’t fazed on the Power 5 stage. ETSU (10) had more doubles than Baylor (8), hitting the same amount of home runs (3) as one of Baylor’s was counted as an inside-the-parker, and out-hitting the Bears 32 to 29. ETSU’s .305 batting average ranks 22nd in the nation while their .530 slugging percentage sits 13th.

TICKET INFORMATION

Season tickets, single-game tickets, and flex pack ticket options are all currently available at ETSUtickets.comor by calling 423-439-3878. 

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