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Win: Andrew Ronne (3-0) 2.010014
Loss: Tristen Campbell (3-1) 1.143300
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Bryce Hodge (ETSU) 433211
Cam Norgren (ETSU) 503100
Garett Wallace (ETSU) 423312
Zach Ketterman (WCU) 613000
Pascanel Ferreras (WCU) 613200
Will Prater (WCU) 633100
Ninth-Inning Rally Sees Bucs Clinch SoCon Opening Series over Catamounts
Ninth-Inning Rally Sees Bucs Clinch SoCon Opening Series over Catamounts
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Bucs were down four going into the seventh, two into the ninth

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 9, 2022) – A snowy, Saturday slugfest saw the Blue & Gold rally from behind to clinch the first conference series of the season.

ETSU took game two of a three-game series at Western Carolina 13-11 behind a season-high six home runs from five different players, the most since the single-game program record (seven) set against Georgia State on March 1, 2020. The Bucs were down 11-7 after seven innings and 11-9 after eight innings.

Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) was the lone Buccaneer to homer twice while Jackson Green’s (Blackwood, N.J.) three-run shot in the ninth gave ETSU the two-run lead. Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio), Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.), and Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.) each added one as well.

Despite the season-high home runs, Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) started the scoring with an RBI single in the first to score Barth. The Catamounts responded with three of their own in the bottom half to take an early lead.

Wallace started his two-home run day with a 2-0 blast to left field to tie it with Leo Jiminian (Saint-Lo, France) aboard. Western Carolina would again respond with three runs but a solo, first-pitch shot from Barth in the third and a one-out opposite-field blast from Webb tied it back at six after just three innings.

Landon Smiddy (Knoxville, Tenn.) provided quality relief for Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.), who went just 1.2 innings. Each team would trade a run in the fourth as Wallace cranked his second of the game to deep left-center. The Catamounts built upon their lead with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Hodge’s first home run since a two-homer game against the Baylor Bears last weekend cut the deficit in half, sending the first pitch he saw also to deep left-center. Andrew Ronne (Athens, Tenn.) came in after Smiddy and worked a pair of strikeouts while surrendering two baserunners.

Looking to rally in the ninth, Hodge and Norgren each singled on the first pitches they saw, instantly putting the go-ahead run at the plate. Jared Paladino’s (Levittown, N.Y.) RBI-single to cut the lead to one with two outs, and Green belted the 1-0 offering to right field to give ETSU the two-run lead. All three runs scored in the ninth came with two outs.

Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) picked up his third save of the season, eighth in his career, working around a one-out single to get a pair of strikeouts. Tate’s third save in the season matches his season-high back in 2019 when he went 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

Since 2015, the Bucs have secured their second of three-road series in Cullowhee, sweeping the Catamounts in 2018. In that series, the Bucs scored double-digit runs in all three contests (11, 14, 11).

The Blue & Gold generated all 13 runs off RBI singles or home runs. 

Pitchers of Record

  • Win: Andrew Ronne 3-0
  • Loss: Tristen Campbell 3-1
  • Save: Nathanial Tate (3)

Game Leaders

ETSU

  • Wallace | 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • Hodge | 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB
  • Barth | 1-for-4, HR, 3 R, BB
  • Green | 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI
  • Ronne | W, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 31 P

WCU

  • Ferreras | 3-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • Walsh | 0-for-4, 3 RBI, BB
  • Stocum | 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Corn | 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 80 P 

Notables

  • The Bucs blasted six home runs in today’s contest, doubling the previous season-high. ETSU had five games with three home runs prior with none at four or five.
  • Down 11-7 into the seventh inning, ETSU recorded their third comeback win of the season, twice within the last three weekends. The Bucs were down 7-3 after six innings to complete the sweep over George Washington.
  • Five of ETSU’s 19 wins on the season have been decided by two or fewer runs, doing so in back-to-back games since the road series in Winthrop when ETSU won 6-5 and 5-3. Ronne got the win on the comeback bid to take the series over the Eagles.
  • Green now has two go-ahead home runs on the season, hitting one in the same comeback win over Winthrop on March 6. Two of Green’s four home runs on the season have put ETSU ahead late.
  • With 14 hits this afternoon, ETSU’s up to 18 double-digit hit games on the season, with 12 occurring in the last 14 matchups.
  • The Bucs have seen three multi-home run games in the last seven games. Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) had one on March 27 over George Washington while Hodge did such against Baylor on April 3.
  • This was Ronne’s first appearance since March 26 when he pitched 1.1 innings against George Washington, giving up no hits or walks with one strikeout.
  • ETSU has won the last three contests against Western Carolina, including the last five in Cullowhee (ETSU swept the three-game series on the road in 2018).

Record Update

  • ETSU: 19-8 (2-0 SoCon)
  • WCU: 14-17 (0-2 SoCon)

Up Next

ETSU will look to complete the conference-opening sweep over the Catamounts tomorrow afternoon in Cullowhee with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. The game will be streaming on ESPN+.

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