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SWEEP! Baseball Bucs down Stetson 7-6 in 11 innings
Senior Steven Calicutt picked up the win in Sunday's series finale, capping an outstanding weekend.
Senior Steven Calicutt picked up the win in Sunday's series finale, capping an outstanding weekend.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 6, 2006) - The fifth time was the charm for the Bucs.  After failing in four previous bids to complete a sweep a conference opponents, ETSU rallied continuously in the series finale and finally put the Hatters away 7-6 in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon from Cardinal Park.  It was also the first time in five tries the Bucs succeeded in extending a winning streak to four games.

 

Freshman Ben Allen's (Kingsport, Tenn.) sacrifice fly in the bottome of the 11th scored junior Michael Courtney (Knoxville, Tenn.).  Courtney led off the inning with his second double of the season and advanced to third on catcher David Golliner's throwing error.

 

The Bucs (26-21, 12-12) rallied from a two-run deficit and a one-run deficit during the game, and again received outstanding relief pitching performances to stay in the contest.  Trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, senior Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in senior Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) and junior C.J. Lee (Bristol, Va.) with a two-out single to center field, and advanced to second on the throw home.  Courtney followed with a triple to left center, bringing Traylor around to score, and giving the Bucs their first lead.

 

Stetson (28-20, 12-12) tied the game in the seventh, and had runners on second and third with nobody out, but reliever Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) came on and recorded two strikeouts and a fly out to escape the inning without further damge.

 

After the Hatters took a one-run lead in the eighth, Church led off the bottom of the inning with his 11th home run of the season (ninth to lead off an inning), a missile over the left field wall.

 

Senior closer Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, retiring the Hatters in order in both of the extra frames, and improving to 7-4 on the season.  For the weekend, Calicutt picked up two saves and a win in 7 2/3 innings of relief work.  Stetson closer Robbie Elsemiller (2-3) took the loss, also throwing the final 3 2/3 innings.

 

The Bucs next hit the road, traveling to Cookeville, Tenn. for a midweek match-up with Tennessee Tech.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern time, Wednesday night.