April 30, 2022123456789RHE
Win: Nathanial Tate (3-3) 2.220004
Loss: Garrett Sloan (0-1) 0.121110
Bill Knight (MER) 402300
Ashton King (ETSU) 403200
April 30, 2022123456789RHE
Win: Josh Harlow (6-2) 5.253314
Loss: Landon Smiddy (1-4) 1.024420
David Burke (MER) 503200
Ashton King (ETSU) 412000
Bucs Split Saturday Doubleheader with Bears
Bucs Split Saturday Doubleheader with Bears
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Bucs took game one 6-4, Mercer took game two 6-3

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 30, 2022) – After sweeping a doubleheader earlier in the season, that order fell through against the SoCon-leading Bears.

ETSU and Mercer split the Saturday doubleheader at Thomas Stadium as the Bucs snatched game one 6-4 while Mercer responded with a 6-3 win themselves, clinching the series. The Bucs used a three-run seventh and two-run eighth for their fifth come-from-behind win this season, solidified by Nathanial Tate’s (Manchester, Tenn.) stunning relief outing to start the day.

At the start of game one, ETSU’s offense got going with three singles from Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio), Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.), and Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) to open the scoring. King’s RBI-single was enough as Hunter Loyd (Knoxville, Tenn.) shut down Mercer’s offense for the first six innings.

Loyd, who didn’t get the decision last week in a 10-5 win over VMI, struck out eight over six full innings, allowing just one run in the sixth that saw Mercer successfully executed the double steal. Loyd faced trouble numerous times, but heads-up defense and timely strikeouts kept it close.

In the seventh, Loyd gave way to Tate with the bases loaded and one out, but Mercer’s offense couldn’t be withheld any longer. A three-RBI single with a full count gave Mercer the three-run lead, only for the Bucs to work some late-inning magic.

The next frame saw ETSU put up a three-piece as well as Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Norgren laced doubles in back-to-back at-bats, scoring Barth, who got on with a walk, and Hodge. King would add another RBI after as he plated Norgren, and the game was tied at four.

Tate, despite allowing that single to give Mercer the lead, would strike out three of his final seven batters, including a pair of line drives hit right to ETSU’s infielders. In the eighth, a leadoff single from Leo Jiminian (Saint-Lo, France) and an RBI double from Ryan McCarthy (Knoxville, Tenn.) would give ETSU the lead, only to see McCarthy score later on a wild pitch. Tate ended the game with a backwards K to tie the series. 

In game two, Mercer struck first in a big way with three runs, including a first-pitch, opposite-field bomb. The Bucs responded with two runs of their own on a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.). Mercer scored another pair of runs in the following frame as seven of the total nine runs in game two came in the first three frames.

After Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) was the first arm out of ETSU’s bullpen, Andrew Ronne (Athens, Tenn.) followed to keep Mercer scoreless in the final four frames. The two clubs combined for just two total runs in the final seven innings. ETSU got a runner on in five of the last six innings, but couldn’t bring them around to score.

ETSU’s streak of double-digit hits in home games ends at 11 after an eight-hit outing in game two of the doubleheader. 18 of ETSU’s 25 double-digit hit games this season have come at home.

Pitchers of Record (Game One)

  • Win: Nathanial Tate 3-3
  • Loss: Garrett Sloan 0-1
  • Save: N/A

Pitchers of Record (Game Two)

  • Win: Josh Harlow 6-2
  • Loss: Landon Smiddy 1-4
  • Save: Jackson Kelley (5)

Game Leaders (Game One)


  • King | 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
  • McCarthy | 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
  • Norgren | 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
  • Barth | 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB
  • Loyd | ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 B, 9 K, 94 P
  • Tate | W, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 41 P


  • Knight | 2-for-4, 3 RBI
  • Schmitt | 1-for-3, RBI, R
  • Farmer | ND, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 82 P

Game Leaders (Game Two)


  • King | 2-for-4, 2B, R
  • Barth | 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB
  • Wallace | 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
  • Ronne | 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 67 P


  • Burke | 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Rohrbacher | 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • Brown | 1-for-2, R, 2 BB
  • Harlow | W, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 101 P
  • Kelley | S, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 17 P


  • Barth, who had a hit in each game of the doubleheader, extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest such by a freshman since 2014. Barth has hit safely in all but one game in April, reaching base in all 18 games. Barth also walked four of the total six times by ETSU batters.
  • Tate, who earned his third win of the season, has allowed one or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 15 appearances. Tate is 2-0 in conference play with a 2.25 ERA with two saves. Tate is 3-1 in his last four decisions spanning between late-March to the end of April.
  • Ronne, who is still 5-0, dropped his ERA to 2.22 after not allowing a run in 4.2 innings of work in the second game of the doubleheader. Ronne has a 1.64 ERA in conference play, allowing just two earned runs in 11.0 innings.
  • ETSU has five comeback victories where ETSU is trailing after the sixth inning or later, two of which have come in back-to-back weekends.
  • The last two series between ETSU and Mercer have come down to a rubber match, including three of the last five.
  • For the second time this season, ETSU didn’t homer in back-to-back games, snapping a streak of eight consecutive and 12 consecutive home games.
  • With a double-digit hit performance in game one of the doubleheader, ETSU now has 25 double-digit hit games, the most in a season since 2010.

Record Update

  • ETSU: 25-15 (7-5 SoCon)
  • MER: 35-9 (9-3 SoCon)

Up Next

The Bucs look to even the series tomorrow afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch at Thomas Stadium. The game will be streaming on ESPN+.

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