February 17, 2023123456789RHE
Win: Landon Smiddy (1-0) 4.152213
Loss: McCUNE (0-1) 2.153330
Tommy Barth (ETSU) 512310
Noah Gent (ETSU) 422220
Noah Webb (ETSU) 602000
Cameron Sisneros (ETSU) 512110
Garrett Wallace (ETSU) 522010
Nick Iannantone (ETSU) 232120
Ryan Enos (ETSU) 332310
Bucs blast Rockets in season opener, 15-2
Bucs blast Rockets in season opener, 15-2
Friday, February 17, 2023

ETSU baseball rips 17 hits in opening day victory

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2023) – The 2023 baseball season started with a “bang” for ETSU on Friday, as the Bucs dominated all phases with a 15-2 win over the Toledo Rockets on a cold and rainy afternoon at Thomas Stadium in Johnson City.

The Bucs win on opening day for the seventh straight year, improving to 6-0 in season openers under Coach Joe Pennucci. The 15 runs are the most scored by ETSU in a season opener since 2017, while the team’s 17 hits are the most in an opener since at least 2009.

After a solo homer by Toledo’s Caden Konczak in the second inning tied things up at 2-2, ETSU launched ahead with 13 unanswered runs and never looked back. Ten players — including all nine starters — had at least one hit in the offensive showcase, including seven with multi-hit days.

Meanwhile, the pitching staff kept Toledo at bay despite two early runs. Senior Landon Smiddy (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked up the opening day win with 4.1 innings on a limited pitch count, allowing just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a pickoff in the first inning.

Fifth-year senior Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C) relieved Smiddy and twirled 3.2 scoreless innings with just two hits allowed, while freshman lefty Derek McCarley (Seymour, Tenn.) closed down the ninth with a scoreless inning to sew up the contest.

The offense had several contributors throughout the day, scoring runs in all but two innings. Most of the damage came later in the game with four runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and four more in the eighth. The go-ahead run in the third inning came off the bat of junior transfer Cameron Sisneros (Littleton, Colo.), who beat a right shift in the infield with a hit down the third base side.

Sophomore outfielder Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) and graduate transfer third baseman Ryan Enos (Oriskany, N.Y.) each had two hits and three RBIs, while Walters State transfer Noah Gent (Corryton, Tenn.) drove in a pair. Enos had two doubles in his ETSU debut.

Also making his Buccaneer debut as the designated hitter, junior Nick Iannantone (Plainfield, Ill.) went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double and a triple to bat 1.000 and reach in all four plate appearances. He and Enos scored three runs each to lead the Bucs. 

Other players with two-hit days include Sisneros, redshirt junior catcher Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) and senior outfielder Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.). Seniors Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Skyler Cannady (Nicholasville, Ky.) added a hit and a run each, while junior Jackson Green (Blackwood, N.J.) came off the bench for a late RBI single in the eighth.



ETSU – 1-0

Toledo – 0-1 



Win –  Landon Smiddy (1-0)

Loss – Brandon McCune (0-1)

Save – N/A



The Bucs will look to clinch the series tomorrow at 2 p.m. inside Thomas Stadium. 

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