Buccaneer Baseball sweeps doubleheader against Xavier
Caleb Moore drove in eight runs and earned two saves in ETSU's doubleheader sweep of Xavier
Caleb Moore drove in eight runs and earned two saves in ETSU's doubleheader sweep of Xavier

Saturday, February 26, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 26, 2005) - East Tennessee State senior All-American catcher/pitcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Bucs to a doubleheader sweep of Xavier, 6-3 and 12-9, Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. With the wins, the Bucs move to 5-0 on the season while the Musketeers fall to 0-5.

            All told, Moore went 6-for-8 at the plate with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. Caleb also recorded the save in each of the games, pitching two scoreless innings while allowing just one baserunner.

            Xavier got on the board early in game one, as Jay Johnson belted a two-run homer over the left field wall in the bottom of the first.

            But the Bucs responded immediately, tying the game with two runs in the bottom of the first. Senior second baseman Nick Crowe (Johnson City, Tenn.) led off the inning with a single, then moved to third on a double by junior right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.). Moore followed with a double to right-center to bring home both runners.

            Xavier broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the fourth. Johnson led off the inning with a single, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andy Zellers. With two outs, Johnson crossed the plate as Brett Smith hit a double to right-center.

            The Bucs responded again, scoring four unanswered runs in the final three innings to come away with the victory. In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore third baseman Mike Giroud (St. Petersburg, Fla.) singled to left field, and moved to second on a one-out single by junior designated hitter Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.). Junior shortstop Chuck Hargis (Powell, Tenn.) then drove in Giroud with a double to right field.

            Moore led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to center field and scored as junior first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) followed with a double to right-center. After moving to third on a ground out by sophomore left fielder Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.), Church crossed the plate on a sac fly by Giroud.

            Glafenhein led off the sixth with a single to center, moved to second on a sac bunt by Hargis, then advanced to third on a on a ground out by Crowe. Byrne then came to the plate and hit an RBI single down the right-field line to score Glafenhein.   

            Moore came on to work the top of the seventh, retiring the Musketeers in order to earn his first save of the day and his second of the season.

            Junior righty Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) earned the win (1-0) after pitching six innings and allowing three runs on six hits and striking out four. Xavier's Mike Creevy (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.

            Moore went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for ETSU while Giroud and Glafenhein each had two hits in the win. Xavier was led by Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

            Xavier took the early lead again in game two, scoring two runs in the top of the first. With two outs, Johnson singled to left field followed by an infield single by Smith. Drew Roberts then came to the plate and cleared the bases with a double to right field.

            The Buccaneer bats came to life in the bottom of the first, scoring nine runs on six hits. Moore hit two two-RBI doubles in the inning while Glafenhein also drove in two runs with a double. Junior center fielder Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Byrne also each hit RBI doubles, and Glafenhein crossed the plate as he stole home.

            ETSU scored another run in the bottom of the second, running the score to 10-2 on a solo home run by Douglas.

            But Xavier never gave up, cutting the Buccaneer lead to just one after scoring two runs in the top of the third, three runs in the top of the fifth and two runs in the top of the sixth.

            In the third, Xavier Johnson walked with one out, then scored on a double to center by Roberts. Roberts came home on an RBI single up the middle by Adam Lipski.

            Zellers led off the fifth for Xavier with a double down the left-field line. He would then score on a two-out single to left by Roberts. Lipski followed with a two run homer over the right field wall.

            In the top of the sixth, Xavier pinch-hitter Sean Brewer hit a one-out double to right-center. Jordan Wolf then hit an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error, scoring pinch-runner Emre Caglayan. Zellers then reached on an error, advancing Wolf to third. Wolf then scored on a sacrifice fly by Johnson to make the score 10-9 in favor of the Bucs.

            But ETSU put the game away in the bottom of the sixth as Moore drilled a two-run homer over the left field wall. Moore worked a scoreless seventh on the mound to earn his second save of the day and third of the season.

            "Caleb had a phenomenal day," said ETSU head coach Tony Skole following the wins. "People don't realize how difficult it is to do what we ask him to do, and he makes it look routine."

            Junior lefty Brian Lovett (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned the win (1-0) after allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings pitched. Xavier's Michael Lucas (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs (six earned) on five hits in 0.2 innings pitched.

            The Bucs were led at the plate by Moore who went 3-for-4 with six RBIs and two runs scored. Glafenhein and Byrne each had two hits in the win.

            Xavier was paced by Roberts, who was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

            The Bucs and Musketeers return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. for the series finale.       

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