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Win: Zach Kirby (3-2) 7.051036
Loss: Sam Murchison (1-2) 4.264436
Garett Wallace (ETSU) 523000
Pres Cavenaugh (UNCG) 412000
Mitchell Smith (UNCG) 302110
Kirby Shines in Second Quality Start Win, Bucs Take Series Opener
Kirby Shines in Second Quality Start Win, Bucs Take Series Opener
Friday, May 13, 2022

Kirby hurls seven without allowing an earned run, Bucs post 12 hits

GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 13, 2022) – In a matchup with two potent offenses that can score lots of runs, it was one man on the mound that stole the show.

ETSU opened the weekend in Greensboro with a 5-2 win behind a quality-start win from Zach Kirby (Upland, Calif.), the second time this season that Kirby has hurled a quality start and received the win. The first came on March 11 in the first game of a doubleheader against Rider in which ETSU won 2-1, and Kirby would go on to win SoCon Pitcher of the Week.

Following a Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) walk and a Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) double, David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Ryan McCarthy (Knoxville, Tenn.) would produce productive at-bats with two runners in scoring position to give the Bucs the early lead. Going into the game, ETSU was 19-8 when scoring first.

Kirby, going up against a team that ranked 20th in the nation in batting average, retired the first three batters on two groundouts and a strikeout before facing some trouble in the second. After putting the first two on with walks, Kirby would induce a fielder’s choice, grab his second strikeout, and get his third groundout to keep UNCG off the board.

The Spartans again threatened in the third with runners on first and third with two outs and the heart of their lineup up, but Kirby would enforce another strikeout to get out of the jam. UNCG left four runners on base in the first four innings and Kirby surrendered just one hit.

Doubling ETSU’s lead on one swing of the bat with two outs, Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) belted his 3-1 pitch to left-center to bring in Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio). Norgren would single right behind him and put runners on the corners with a new UNCG arm, but the Bucs wouldn’t increase their lead anymore.

The Spartans finally got to Kirby with a pair of singles with one out, but an aided error allowed UNCG to plate their first run of the game. With a runner on second and one out, Kirby would strike out the conference’s leader in batting average and get a line out to the hot corner to end the inning. The one run in the fifth is all that UNCG would muster as it only got two runners to third in all of Kirby’s seven innings.

The Bucs added insurance in the eighth off a Justin Hanvey (Purcellville, Va.) RBI single to score Wallace off his third hit of the afternoon. Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) would close out the game with two innings of one-run ball and one strikeout, retiring the ninth in order.

The Bucs are yet to drop a series when winning the first game of the weekend.

Pitchers of Record

  • Win: Zach Kirby 3-2
  • Loss: Sam Murchison 1-2
  • Save: N/A

Game Leaders


  • Wallace | 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R
  • Hanvey | 2-for-3, RBI, BB
  • Barth | 2-for-5, R
  • Webb | 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Kirby | W, QS, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 104 P


  • Smith | 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Cavenaugh | 2-for-4, 2B, R
  • Wolf | 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 34 P


  • Kirby, who dealt six strikeouts in seven innings, finished one strikeout shy of his career-high, which he matched two starts ago against Mercer on April 29.
  • On his third-inning single, Tommy Barth extended his hitting streak to 22 games, a span that now carries into seven weekend series (at Baylor, at Western Carolina, at Wofford, VMI, Mercer, at Samford, at UNCG). Barth, who had a pair of hits this afternoon, now has 20 multi-hit games, a team-high, and the most in a season since 2018.
  • On his fifth-inning two-RBI double, Noah Webb extended his on-base streak to 25 games. Garett Wallace also extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
  • Kirby is the first starting pitcher to receive a win since March 25 against George Washington when Hunter Loyd (Knoxville, Tenn.) threw seven innings in a 12-5 win to complete the sweep.
  • The Bucs recorded their 28th double-digit hit game, adding one in back-to-back road games for the first time since the three-game set at Western Carolina.
  • The Bucs are now 3-4 (2-2 SoCon) when wearing their all-grey road uniforms.

Record Update

  • ETSU: 28-17 (9-7 SoCon)
  • UNCG: 23-26 (7-9 SoCon)

Up Next

The Bucs look to clinch the series tomorrow afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch at UNCG Baseball Stadium in Greensboro. The game will be streaming on ESPN+.

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