Baseball Bucs drop two to Belmont
Junior Stephen Douglas hit his fourth home run of the season against Belmont.
Junior Stephen Douglas hit his fourth home run of the season against Belmont.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 1, 2006) - The ETSU baseball team started sluggishly in both games of Saturday's doubleheader versus Belmont and could not recover in either, dropping the two contests 16-9 and 11-7.

 

The Bucs (17-12, 6-4 A-Sun) fell begind 7-0 after two innings in the day's first game, and trailed 14-3 after the Bruins hung seven runs in the sixth.  ETSU mounted a late-inning rally with the help of a solo homer by senior Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) and two home runs from senior outfielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.), outscoring Belmont 6-2 over the last three innings, but the rally fell short in the 16-9 defeat.

 

Junior Ryan Howe (Spartanburg, S.C.) fell to 2-2 on the year, throwing one inning and surrendering seven runs on six hits.  Charles Lee upped his record to 3-4 despite giving up 13 hits and eight runs in seven innings of work.

 

In the nightcap, the Bruins (13-14, 4-7) scored five runs over the first three innings and held off a late Buccaneer rally for the 11-7 victory.  Trailing 11-3 entering the ninth inning, the Bucs plated four runs to cut the deficit to four; the last two runs coming on junior Stephen Douglas' (Kennesaw, Ga.) two-run blast to right-center field, his fourth of the season.  Eric Diaz came in to record the final two outs, and cement the Bruins win.

 

Freshman starter Trey Sheffield (Alpharetta, Ga.) lasted 1 2/3 innings, and surrendered four runs on six hits, falling to 0-2 on the season.  Bruin starter Josh Moffitt (3-1) held the Bucs to three runs over six innings while striking out six.

 

Byrne finished the day 5-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBI, while senior Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued his hot hitting of late, also going 5-for-10 with two runs scored and an RBI.

 

The two teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon from Cardinal Park.  First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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