Big-hit Bucs down Georgia State in Sunday sweep

Jeff Birchfield • Mar 1, 2020 at 7:22 PM

The East Tennessee State baseball team brought out the big sticks Sunday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.

In an 18-7 romp over Georgia State in the opening game of doubleheader, the Bucs belted out seven home runs and 18 hits overall.

Jake Lyles’s walk-off single lifted ETSU (9-2) to a 5-4 win in 10 innings in the nightcap for the weekend sweep.

Game One

ETSU 18, Georgia State 7

Second baseman Ashton King led the way with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs scored. He scored ETSU’s first run with a solo shot in the second inning and added another solo homer in the fifth. In addition, he laced a two-run double down the left field line and hit a RBI triple.

Jake Madole also finished with a pair of solo home runs and three runs scored.

Jake Lyle, Ben Jackson and Jackson Greer also hit solo home runs. Lyle finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Ethan Cady hit a three-run double in the seventh inning.

Greer, Cady and David Beam all scored two runs in the Bucs’ offensive onslaught. ETSU did most of its damage with a six-run third inning and a nine-run seventh inning.

Sophomore left hander Colby Stuart (1-1) picked up the win, giving up six hits and three runs over five innings. Hunter Loyd threw one inning of relief before Matthew Bollenbacher hurled the final three innings.

Game Two

ETSU 5, Georgia State 4

Noah Hill started off the 10th inning to right center field and Jake Lyle singled up the middle the next at-bat for the walk-off win.

The Bucs kept swinging for the fences throughout the game. Jackson Greer hit a solo homer to tie the game 1-1 in the first inning.

Down again in the fourth, David Beam hit a RBI double. Lyle gave ETSU a 4-3 lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth, only to see the Panthers tie on a wild pitch an inning later.

Zach Kirby got the start for ETSU with seven strikeouts over five innings. Joseph Acosta went the next 2 1/3 innings before Matt Mercer (2-0) gave up three hits and no walks to earn the win.

Next Up

The ETSU Baseball Tournament will take place March 6-8. The Bucs are scheduled to face Wagner on Friday at 4 p.m. They are slated to play Marist at 4 p.m. Saturday and Ohio at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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