STILLWATER, Okla. (May 7, 2023) – The ETSU baseball team completed its non-conference road series at No. 16 Oklahoma State this weekend, but we’re unable to return home with a win as the nationally-ranked Cowboys completed the series sweep with a 20-7 win at O’Brate Stadium in Stillwater.
The highlight of the weekend has been the bat of Cameron Sisneros (Littleton, Colo.), who finished the series with five home runs against the Pokes’ pitching staff. For the weekend, Sisneros went 5-for-10 with all five hits going over the fence. He also drove in six runs, scored six times and drew two walks.
Sisneros is the second player this season to homer in three straight games, joining Garett Wallace (Sanford, Fla.) who accomplished the feat in March. Prior to this season, the last player to have three homers over three games was former Buccaneer outfielder Ethan Cady in 2021. Meanwhile, Sisneros joins Ashton King (Knoxville, Tenn.) as one of two players to hit three homers in a game this season.
While records of the last time an ETSU player hit five homers in a series were hard to obtain, Sisneros joined an elite company of players such as Derek Trent, Paul Hoilman, Clinton Freeman, Bo Reeder, Dylan Pratt and Matthew Scruggs to hit three or more homers in a series in recent history.
This weekend marks just the second time ETSU has suffered a three-game sweep this season. Despite the losses, ETSU did not return home empty handed as a number of players gained valuable experience. ETSU used 16 position players and 11 pitchers throughout the series.
Sisneros had the first homer of the game in the first inning, then ETSU threatened with a three-run third inning as teammate Nick Iannantone (Plainfield, Ill.) started the frame with a solo shot to score his second run of the game. Iannantone walked in his first at-bat and scored on the Sisneros homer before following suit in the third.
The other third inning runs came on an RBI single by Tommy Barth (Brecksville, Ohio) and a sacrifice fly by Noah Gent (Corryton, Tenn.) which was all set up by a sac bunt by Justin Hanvey (Purcellville, Va.) to put two runners in scoring position.
Oklahoma State did all of its damage in four frames, extending a 6-5 game to a 12-5 game with a six-run fourth inning. Sisneros added solo shots in the fifth and seventh innings, but a grand slam after the strech ended the contest via mercy rule. Nolan Schubart had three homers and 10 RBI, including two grand slams to tie two school records and one Big 12 record.
Another positive for the Blue & Gold this weekend is that ETSU did not commit a single error, using sharp and efficient defense when the ball was in play. In four games this week, ETSU posted a .992 fielding percentage and churned out five double plays, including three today against OSU.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
Win – Ryan Bogusz (1-1)
Loss – Cade Carlson (3-1)
Save – None
The Bucs return to Thomas Stadium on Tuesday, May 9 for a midweek senior day celebration against UNC Asheville. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ETSU will celebrate 19 graduates from the program on Tuesday.