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Win: Nathanial Tate (1-1) 6.020005
Loss: Jack Bowery (0-2) 5.0104401
Nathan Lincoln (MARIST) 411000
Brian Hart (MARIST) 411201
Nicholas Butler (MARIST) 401000
Bayram Hot (MARIST) 301000
Danny Moshier (MARIST) 301000
Garett Wallace (ETSU) 413201
Bucs snatch series from Marist with 7-2 win
Bucs snatch series from Marist with 7-2 win
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Tate, Kovacs combine for win-save; Plyler hits first homer

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 5, 2023) – Sundays have been good to the Bucs.  

For the third straight weekend, ETSU finished off a three-game series with a win in the finale, toppling Marist by a 7-2 final on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Stadium in Johnson City. After taking two of three from Toledo in the first home series of the season, ETSU replicated that pattern this weekend by taking two of three from Marist.

The Bucs (6-5) scored four runs in the first two innings and did not need any more — thanks to strong outings from starter Nathanial Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) and closer Owen Kovacs (Knoxville, Tenn.) on the mound.

Tate threw 6.0 shutout innings in the win with just two hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Kovacs earned his first career save by finishing the final three innings — also tallying five strikeouts without a walk. He allowed just three hits, one of which was a late homer in the ninth, but nothing more. The defense also played a key role in the near shutout, finishing without an error. This included the final out, where Kovacs raced to the bag and received a tough toss from first baseman Cameron Sisneros (Littleton, Colo.) to end it in exciting fashion.

Meanwhile, the offense tallied 14 hits on the day, jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the second inning. ETSU tallied one in the first — thanks to its first two batters. Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) led off the inning with a ground rule double, then Noah Gent (Corryton, Tenn.) brought him in with an RBI single in the next at-bat.

Three more crossed in the second inning. Following two homers yesterday, Marshall Awtry (Wilmington, Del.) nearly provided an encore as he brought home Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) with an RBI triple. Awtry touched home after that thanks to a sacrifice fly by Leo Jiminian (Saint-Lo, France), then Barth ended the frame with a double to bring in Cody Miller (Rocky Point, N.Y.).

The Bucs did not score again until the sixth inning, as sophomore infielder Ethan Plyler (Lexington, S.C.) excited the crowd with his first collegiate homer. The solo shot gave ETSU a 5-0 lead. The following inning, Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) lined one over the right field fence to bring home himself and Gent to make it 7-0. Marist (1-8) added two in the ninth, but the rally was short-lived.

Wallace led the Bucs with three hits on the day, while Barth, Gent, Sisneros and Plyler all had a pair. King, Awtry and Miller joined the fun with one hit apiece — meaning everyone in the lineup either recorded a hit or an RBI on the day.



ETSU: 6-5

Marist: 1-8



Win – Nathanial Tate (1-1)

Loss – Jack Bowery (0-2)

Save – Owen Kovacs (1)



The Bucs are on the road this Tuesday at Clemson. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. 

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