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Win: Michael Ross (5-1) 9.051106
Loss: H. Loyd (3-3) 5.164125
T. Barth (ETSU) 401000
G. Wallace (ETSU) 411101
J. Paladino (ETSU) 301000
D. Beam (ETSU) 301000
R. McCarthy (ETSU) 301000
Garrett Howe (SAM) 513200
Colton Ledbetter (SAM) 413311
Wallace Homers and Barth Extends Streak; Bucs Drop Second to Samford
Wallace Homers and Barth Extends Streak; Bucs Drop Second to Samford
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Wallace notches his eighth home run of the season 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 7, 2022) – Just when ETSU’s offense struck first again, it would be the only run of the game.

The Bulldogs, clinching their second consecutive conference series, took down the Bucs 7-1 behind a complete game from Samford’s starter Michael Ross. Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) provided the lone run of the game with a leadoff solo shot to dead center in the second inning.

For the second consecutive game in this weekend series, ETSU’s offense drew first blood early off a solo home run, this time from Garett Wallace in the second inning. With his solo shot, 10 of ETSU’s last 15 home runs have come with no runners on base, including five of the last six.

Hunter Loyd (Knoxville, Tenn.) got the third-straight Saturday start and worked a great first four innings, racking up four of his five strikeouts through the first two innings. Samford’s offense got to Loyd with a pair of hits and some small ball to even the game up in the third.

Following Wallace’s blast, Ryan McCarthy (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) struck back-to-back singles together with one away, but couldn’t bring either around to give ETSU some more offense. McCarthy, who had ten hits on the season going into last weekend’s series with Mercer, now has five hits in his last five games as he’s started behind the plate in the last six.

In the next frame, Loyd induced a double play to rid a leadoff single from Samford but would finally do their damage in the sixth with four runs on three hits with an error as all four runs that inning was counted as unearned.

The Bucs would generate two baserunners in the final six innings with a single from David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the fourth and one from Jared Paladino (Levittown, N.Y.) in the seventh. McCarthy reaching second base in the third inning would be the only time all game when a runner reached scoring position.

This weekend marks the first time all season that the Bucs have dropped back-to-back series, the last time since early May last season following a home series against UNCG and an away weekend at VMI.

Pitchers of Record

  • Win: Michael Ross 5-1
  • Loss: Hunter Loyd 3-3
  • Save: N/A

Game Leaders


  • Wallace | 1-for-4, HR
  • Barth | 1-for-4
  • Loyd | 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Montagna | 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


  • Ledbetter | 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB
  • Howe | 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • King | 1-for-5, 2 RBI, R
  • Ross | 9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K


  • With his third-inning single through the left side, Barth extended his hitting streak to 19 games with an on-base streak of 20. Barth joins Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) as the lone Buccaneers this season to record such an on-base streak.
  • Wallace’s home run makes it eight on the season, but his last six have come on the road (two at Western Carolina, one at UNC Asheville, one at Clemson, one at Radford). Wallace shares the third-place spot with Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) in the home run category for ETSU.
  • After recording a home run in today’s game, ETSU has at least two home runs in all but one weekend series (at #25 Wofford).
  • This weekend marks the fourth time this season that ETSU has dropped the first two games of the series, three of which have come on the road (vs. Tennessee Tech, at Baylor, at #25 Wofford).
  • The Bucs dropped back-to-back games when scoring first for the first time in over a month after doing so all three games at Baylor during the first weekend in April.

Record Update

  • ETSU: 25-17 (7-7 SoCon)
  • SAM: 22-22 (9-5 SoCon)

Up Next

ETSU aims to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. (EST) first pitch in Birmingham. The game will not be streaming on ESPN+.

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