Senior pitcher Micah Kaczor (Washington, D.C.) tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout on Friday in Charleston, S.C. to lead ETSU past The Citadel 4-0 in the series opener at Joe Riley Park.
Kaczor became the first pitcher to throw a complete game this season and the first pitcher since 2017 to finish a complete game shutout. After allowing a two out hit in the fourth inning, Kaczor mowed through the lineup to retire 16 straight hitters.
In the win, Kaczor (6-1) allowed just three hits with one free pass and eight strikeouts. He outdueled The Citadel’s Jordan Merritt (3-7), who took the loss in a complete game after allowing four runs, but only one earned.
All four runs came in the second inning, as ETSU opened the scoring with a pair of throwing errors by The Citadel that allowed Cade Gilbert (Ringgold, Ga.) to score. ETSU widened the gap with an RBI single by Ethan Shelton (Lebanon) and a two-RBI base knock by Noah Hill (Ringgold, Ga.).
Junior outfielder Ethan Cady (Soddy Daisy) led the team with three hits, one of which was a double, while freshman Colby Emmertz (Hampstead, N.C.) added a pair of singles. ETSU finished with 10 hits on the day.
ETSU had an opportunity to do more damage in the sixth with the bases loaded on three singles, but a double play promptly took The Citadel out of the jam. ETSU left eight runners on base, while the Bulldogs stranded only three in the shutout.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. as ETSU looks to take the road series.