ETSU Baseball falls to Tennessee Tech, 6-5
Blake Church went 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Tennessee Tech
Blake Church went 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Tennessee Tech

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2005) - Down 3-1 through five and a half innings, Tennessee Tech rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth and held on to defeat East Tennessee State, 6-5, Tuesday evening from Averitt-Express Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn.

            Tennessee Tech (12-36) took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out in the inning, Scott Dunham reached first on a bunt single. After advancing to third on a single by Corey Kemp, Dunham would cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Clint Alexander.

            The Bucs (27-17) quickly took the lead with three runs on two hits in the top of the third. Junior right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single by sophomore center fielder Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.). Byrne moved to third on a fly out to right by senior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Douglas got in scoring position by stealing second. Both runners came home as junior first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) laced a triple into the right-center field gap. Church would score on a wild pitch later in the inning.

            The Golden Eagle made a bid to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Alexander reached on a two-out double and Brandon Selvog then hit a ball to deep left-center field. But junior left fielder Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) leaped over the wall to rob Selvog of a two-run homer and end the inning.

            But Tennessee Tech rallied to take a 5-3 lead with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth. Britt Clubb hit an RBI double while Phillip Hatch and Matt Mihoci hit RBI singles. The final run of the inning came as Adam Black stole home on the front end of a double-steal with Mihoci swiping second.

            East Tennessee State cut the Golden Eagle lead in half with a run in the top of the seventh. Byrne hit a double to right and came home on a one-out single to right by Moore.

            That was how the game would end as Tennessee Tech reliever Justin Fields pitched three effective innings of relief to earn his first save of the season.

            Golden Eagle starter Brandon Bornstein earned the win (1-2), allowing three earned runs on six hits is six innings of work. He struck out four while walking three in the victory.

            ETSU reliever Jonathan Stoudt (Marietta, Ga.) was charged with the loss (0-2), allowing three hits and two runs in one-third of an inning.  

            Black led the Golden Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Selvog and Kemp also went 2-for-4 in the victory.

            Moore had three hits for the Bucs while Church went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.          

            The Bucs return to the diamond Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. as they host Davidson in the opener of a key Southern Conference series from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. 

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