JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 19, 2022) – In a night where offense arrived late, Bryce Hodge (Knoxville, Tenn.) headlined ETSU’s bats with his 100th career base hit as a Buccaneer. Hodge joined David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.), Cam Norgren (Cary, N.C.) and Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) as one of four active Bucs with 100 career hits in the Blue & Gold uniform. However, Hodge’s 100th career hit was overshadowed by ETSU’s 9-2 defeat at the hands of The Citadel to open the final three-game series of the regular season at Thomas Stadium.
The Bulldogs struck first in the opening inning, scoring on a fielder’s choice ground out. The Citadel doubled its lead to 2-0 in the second inning following a single by Sawyer Reeves that unfortunately took a bounce off Zach Kirby’s (Upland, Calif.) and into the outfield. From that point on, the Bulldogs remained in front, scoring seven more runs to take a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
King provided ETSU with its first run of the game in the bottom of the eighth frame with a double in the right center gap, bringing home Ryan McCarthy (Knoxville, Tenn.) from second after McCarthy led off the inning with a double himself. Two batters later, Norgren plated King with a single to right field to trim the deficit to 9-2.
Pitchers of Record
Win: Cameron Reeves (3-7)
Loss: Zach Kirby (3-3)
Save: Devin Beckley (2)
The Bucs will look to even the series against the Bulldogs on Friday with game two starting at 6 p.m. Friday will also be Fan Appreciation Day and Kid’s Day at Thomas Stadium.
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