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Buccaneers win handily against Wagner

Johnson City Press • Feb 23, 2019 at 8:29 PM

Six unanswered runs and a solid outing by senior pitcher Micah Kazcor led to a 6-1 series-opening baseball win for East Tennessee State against Wagner on Saturday.

With the win, ETSU improved to 4-1 on the season and remain undefeated through four home contests inside Thomas Stadium.

After allowing Joe Silverstrone’s two-out solo home run in the top of the first, giving Wagner a 1-0 lead, Kaczor regrouped and completed seven strong innings of work. The senior ace gave up only two hits with one run, one walk and five strikeouts on 87 pitches.

The Buccaneer offense would tie things up in the second inning with a solo homer by Ethan Cady before tacking on five more unanswered runs to take the lead in the seventh and eighth innings.

Entering the game in the top of the eighth and spotted a 3-1 advantage, freshman Nathanial Tate slammed the door with a six-up, six-down outing, which included three strikeouts, in the final two innings.

ETSU did its damage late, starting in the seventh inning with back-to-back RBI singles from Ringgold, Georgia, natives Noah Hill and Cade Gilbert.

The final three runs came in the eighth on a wild pitch, followed by a two-run double by Jackson Greer. With that hit, Greer extended his hit streak to five games and collected his team-leading 10th and 11th RBIs of the season.

Hill and freshman designated hitter Colby Emmertz each had a pair of hits for ETSU, while leadoff batter Jake Lyle and freshman Markell Graham, who bats ninth, tallied a pair of runs each.

The Bucs now look for the series sweep against the Seahawks in Sunday’s double-header set to begin at 11 a.m. The series finale is scheduled to begin 45 minutes after the first game on Sunday.

The Buccaneer Chili Cook-off promotion is still on for Sunday, as fans are encouraged to enter their chili for a chance to win prizes from ETSU Athletics. The cook-off will now take place in between games one and two on Sunday. All entries are welcome and fans are encouraged to bring their appetites.

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