Bucs take doubleheader sweep of Wagner

Tanner Cook • Updated Feb 24, 2019 at 5:14 PM

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers baseball team swept a home doubleheader on a blustery Sunday afternoon over nonconference opponent Wagner, 7-1 and 4-3.

ETSU catcher Jackson Greer continued his hot start to the season, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in the first game. Shortstop Cade Gilbert also had a good day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring twice also in the first game.

Left fielder Ethan Shelton was the big bat for the Bucs in the second game, as he finished 1-for-3 with what proved to be the game-winning two-run home run in the fifth.

The bullpen also proved to be strong for ETSU, shutting down Wagner in the final five innings of the second game. They allowed two hits and struck out nine Seahawks. Bucs senior closer James Giambalvo came in during the top of the seventh and struck out the side to end the game.

This marks the first time that ETSU has had back-to-back sweeps since 2016, when VMI and Samford were the victims.


Shelton got the scoring started in the second by doubling to left field, riding the wind as Gilbert came around to put the Bucs on the board.

In the third — with runners on all the bags — Wagner pitcher Eric Ligda hurled a wild pitch that sailed over the catcher’s head and allowed Ethan Cady to score from third.


With the wind still howling out to left field, Cullen Smith and Greer each hit a solo home run toward the scoreboard and the Bucs were up 4-1.

ETSU continued to pour it on the Seahawks in the sixth, as Gilbert hit a double to center field that scored both Noah Hill and Greer.

Overall, ETSU knocked in 15 hits on the day, including four doubles.


Johnson City native and Walters State transfer Landon Knack picked up his first win of the year for ETSU, going six innings. He allowed five hits and one unearned run. He struck out eight Seahawks along the way.


The Seahawks got the second game started with a double to left by Anthony Pecora and he later scored when Tyler Sanfillippo lined a single into center.

The Bucs responded in the home half of the first with Smith scoring on a fielder’s choice from third. The game was tied at one run apiece.


With the wind still playing a big factor in the second game, Wagner’s Joe Silverstone hammered a ball over the left-field wall and brought in Peoria to give the Seahawks a 3-1 advantage.


Shelton again came through when it mattered as he too hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth to give ETSU a 4-3 lead.

Behind the Bucs’ solid bullpen play in the final two innings, ETSU was able to come out with a sweep and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Wagner still remains without a victory, falling to 0-6.


ETSU will be on the road for the next game Tuesday against Clemson. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

The next home series for the Bucs will be March 1-3 against LIU-Brooklyn. That weekend is also “Read Across America” weekend at Thomas Stadium.

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