|March 28, 2023||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Cade Carlson (1-0)||3.1||1||0||0||3||5|
|Loss: HIGGERSON (1-1)||3.0||5||5||5||2||4|
|Cody Miller (ETSU)||4||3||3||1||2||0|
RADFORD, Va. (March 28, 2023) – The ETSU baseball team picked up a midweek road win on Tuesday in Virginia, overcoming an early 4-2 deficit with seven unanswered runs for a 9-4 win over Radford under the stadium lights.
ETSU did not lead until the final two innings, breaking a 4-4 tie in the eighth with a three-run inning then adding two more in the ninth. With Cade Carlson (Carmel, Ind.) keeping the Radford bats at bay with three scoreless innings, true freshman Andrew Cotten (Lexington, S.C.) came on and finished the job for his first collegiate save.
The Bucs had a solid day on the mound between four pitchers, starting with Owen Kovacs (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 3.0 innings. Leif Bigelow (Brattlesboro, Ver.) came on for a short stint before Carlson pitched 3.1 scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the season. Carlson had five strikeouts and allowed just one hit with three walks. Along with Cotton, the quartet combined for 11 strikeouts on the day.
Radford had a pair of runs in the second inning to start the game, but that lead was quickly erased with a two-run shot by Cameron Sisneros (Littleton, Colo.) to deep centerfield. Prior to the homer, Cody Miller (Rocky Point, N.Y.) reached with his second hit of the day — a triple in the right-center gap.
After that, Radford added single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth to take a 4-2 lead, but ETSU knotted it back up with an RBI single by Nick Iannantone (Plainfield, Ill.) and a sacrifice fly the following inning by Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) to bring in Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.).
Radford threatened with the bases loaded in the sixth, but Carlson powered through after a mound visit and got the final out via a ground ball. This allowed ETSU to add three more unanswered runs with an eighth inning rally. Skyler Cannady (Nicholasville, Ky.) started it with a single-turned-triple with a ball rolling by the outfielder, scoring the go-ahead run via an infield single by Miller two at-bats later. Miller and Wallace came home for more insurance with a double by Sisneros.
Webb turned a good lead into a better one in the ninth inning, clubbing a liner over the left field fence to bring in Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) and himself for two more runs. Cotten allowed a single in the ninth, but nothing else to slam the door.
Five Buccaneers had multi-hit days as the team finished with 12 hits. Miller had three hits, including a triple, to lead the way, while Sisneros and Webb both contributed a homer and a double. Following up his near-cycle on Sunday, Iannantone had two singles, while Cannady had two singles and scored the ultimate go-ahead run.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
Win – Cade Carlson (1-0)
Loss – Landon Higgerson (1-1)
Save – Andrew Cotten (1)
ETSU returns home to Thomas Stadium this weekend for a three-game set against Seton Hall, beginning Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game is set to start at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is set for 1 p.m.