|May 05, 2023||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Watts-Brown (5-2)||5.0||1||2||2||5||4|
|Loss: Colby Stuart (1-4)||5.0||7||5||5||3||6|
|Cody Miller (ETSU)||3||1||1||0||1||0|
|Nick Iannantone (ETSU)||3||0||1||2||1||0|
|Cameron Sisneros (ETSU)||4||1||1||1||0||1|
|Tommy Barth (ETSU)||4||1||1||0||0||0|
|Noah Webb (ETSU)||3||0||1||1||1||0|
STILLWATER, Okla. (May 5, 2023) – In a game that never seemed to be out of reach, the ETSU baseball team opened a three-game non-conference set at No. 16 ranked Oklahoma State on Friday evening. The upset-minded Bucs were defeated by a close 7-4 final at O’Brate Stadium in Stillwater.
Hits were hard to come by early on for ETSU against one of the nation’s top pitchers —Jauron Watts-Brown — but efficient pitching by trusty fifth year senior Colby Stuart (Elon, N.C.) kept the Bucs in striking distance.
The nationally-ranked Cowboys took a 3-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, but that lead was cut to one thanks to ETSU’s first hit of the game from none other than the team’s leading hitter. With two on via walk, junior Nick Iannantone (Plainfield, Ill.) doubled one off the right field wall to score Skyler Cannady (Nicholasville, Ky.) and leadoff man Cody Miller (Rocky Point, N.Y.) to make it 3-2.
Oklahoma State hit back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-2, but ETSU wasted no time getting one of those back with a leadoff homer by Cameron Sisneros (Littleton, Colo.) to depp right-center field. The round-tripper came as OSU brought in a reliever for Watts-Brown in the sixth.
ETSU also went to the pen in the sixth inning, bringing in Landon Smiddy (Knoxville, Tenn.) to relieve Stuart. Smiddy retired the first five hitters he faced and pitched two scoreless and hitless innings in the sixth and seventh.
The Pokes finally got to him in the eighth with a triple and a homer back-to-back, making it 7-3 for their largest lead of the game. Smiddy retired all three after that, including a strikeout as he and Stuart combined for nine strikeouts to just four walks. Oklahoma State’s pitchers had the same totals in both categories.
ETSU showed signs of a rally in the ninth inning, including a leadoff single up the middle by Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) to start the frame. After a productive groundout by Jared Paladino (Levittown, N.Y.) to move Barth into scoring position, Noah Webb (Kodak, Tenn.) singled in his teammate to make it 7-4. The game had an anticlimactic finish though, as a double play stranded the tying run on deck.
Miller, Iannantone, Sisneros, Barth and Webb accounted for ETSU’s five hits, including the eighth homer of the season for Sisneros while playing close to his home state of Colorado.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
Win – Jauron Watts-Brown (5-2)
Loss – Colby Stuart (1-4)
Save – Isaac Stebens (6)
The series continues tomorrow with the same start time — 7:00 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s series finale has moved up an hour and will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.