Bucs sweep twin-bill, take series from Georgia State

Johnson City Press • Mar 9, 2019 at 8:54 PM

ATLANTA—Saturday was a day for tidy work by East Tennessee State’s baseball team.

With Landon Knack going seven strong innings and Noah Hill banging out four hits, ETSU handed Georgia State an 8-2 loss in the opening game of a doubleheader at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Kyle Richardson’s 3-for-3, 3-RBI showing combined with Daniel Sweeney’s 7-1/3 inning gem lifted the Bucs to a 5-1 victory in the nightcap, enabling ETSU to take the three-game series.

Having lost to the Panthers (4-11) in 13 innings on Friday night, the Bucs (11-4) issued an impressive response.

Moving to 3-0, Knack yielded two runs on eight hits and struck out seven batters against no walks. Cullen Smith and Ethan Cady backed him up by driving in three runs apiece while a pair of RBIs accompanied Hill’s 4-for-5, 2-run performance.

Smith went 3 for 5 with a home run and Colby Emmertz contributed to an 11-hit ETSU assault by going 2 for 5.

Knocking in both Georgia State runs, Jake Corso finished 3 for 5. Teammate Brandon Bell batted 2 for 3.

After the Bucs opened the scoring with a Cady three-run triple in the top of the third inning, Corso delivered a two-run single in the bottom half.

That’s all Georgia State would get, however. ETSU added plenty of insurance as Smith singled home a run in the fourth, Hill supplied a two-run, seventh-inning base hit and Smith belted a two-run homer in the ninth.

Matt Mercer pitched the final two innings for the Bucs, yielding no hits and no runs. He tallied three strikeouts and one walk.

In the series finale, the Bucs and Panthers forged a 1-1 second-inning tie. The score stayed that way till the eighth, when David Beam capped a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI single before Richardson, who had singled across ETSU’s early run, came through with a two-run double.

Cade Gilbert singled home a run in the ninth.

Just as Knack had done, Sweeney upped his record to 3-0. He allowed only two hits and the run he surrendered was unearned.

Daulton Montagnar recorded the final five outs, completing a three-hitter by the Bucs.

ETSU committed just one error on the day.

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