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Georgetown ends ETSU win streak at seven

Jeff Birchfield • Mar 31, 2019 at 5:19 PM

The weather cooled down Sunday, and so did the bats for the East Tennessee State baseball team.

Coming into the game with a season-high seven-game winning streak, the Bucs managed only five hits in a 5-2 loss to Georgetown at Thomas Stadium.

While the Bucs (21-6) had clinched the series a day before, the loss denied them a sixth sweep of a weekend series. It was just their second loss in the last 14 games.

“I feel like we’ve gotten better every time we’ve played. Today, I don’t think we did,” ETSU coach Joe Pennucci said. “We got outhit and outpitched today. Their pitchers kept us off balance and they hit six doubles in five innings. That’s hard to do.”

Georgetown (7-21) had 11 hits overall with Eddie McCabe, Ryan Weisenberg and Alex Rosen finishing with two hits each.

David Beam was ETSU’s offensive leader, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. It was two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Beam, a sophomore centerfielder, sent a long ball sailing over left field and into the stadium scoreboard.

“I was trying to stay loose,” Beam said about his first home run of the season. “Lately, I’ve been struggling at the plate and I was trying to simplify things. I feel like I did a good job that at-bat to slow my lower body down.”

Daniel Sweeney (4-1) went 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs (three earned). Matt Mercer, Trey Oglesby and Dalton Montagna finished the game out.

EARLY RUNS

Down 3-0 with two outs in the fifth, the Bucs took advantage of a misplayed fly ball in shallow center field to score two runs.

Kyle Richardson reached base on the fielding error and then Beam’s single followed by a mishandled throw led to the first run. Beam later scored after Sean Carney stole second and Beam took advantage of Georgetown pitcher Jack Cushing’s momentary lapse to advance to home.

“Coach stresses to get aggressive on the basepaths,” Beam said. “We’re a fast team so we can make those fast plays. Coach told me to be aggressive at that point of the game. Right when the pitcher threw to second, I was aggressive.”

ETSU wasn’t able to take full advantage of getting back in the game as the Hoyas responded with a run in the top of the sixth, and the Bucs failed to score with bases loaded in the bottom frame.

“We were able to get some guys on base and get in the game,” Pennucci said. “Unfortunately, we gave that up. But I give their pitchers credit. They beat us today.”

NEXT UP

ETSU will host Radford on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before going on the road for a three-game series at VMI starting Friday.

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