Bucs take series finale over High Point in 17-16 shootout

Sunday, March 11, 2007

HIGH POINT, N.C. (Mar. 11, 2007) - The Baseball Bucs scored three 11th inning runs, and held off a High Point rally in the bottom of the frame, outlasting the Panthers 17-16 Sunday afternoon at Williard Stadium and taking the weekend series.


Freshman Tanner Moore (Chattanooga, Tenn.) started the three-run rally in the 11th with a single up the middle, scoring senior Justin Aughey (Davie, Fla.) and breaking a 14-14 tie.  Sophomore Ben Allen (Kingsport, Tenn.) singled down the left field line later in the inning, plating Moore from second, and moving senior Michael Courtney (Knoxville, Tenn.), who had reached on an infield single, to third base.  Freshman Justin Tramble (Marietta, Ga.) brought Courtney home with the eventual game winner with a single to center field.


The Bucs (12-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Aughey's single up the middle, scoring freshman Ryan Self (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) and junior Anthony Russell (Waldorf, Md.), but fell behind by as many as three runs over the next four frames as High Point scored nine runs in the first four innings.


Trailing 9-6 in the sixth inning, the Bucs tied the contest on RBI singles from Aughey and Courtney with freshman Danny Petro (Atlanta, Ga.) scoring on a wild pitch for the third run.


High Point (8-11) restored its advantage in the bottom of the inning, but the Bucs tied it again in the seventh, with Aughey again delivering; this time with a two-RBI double.


After holding the Panthers scoreless for just the second time in the game in the seventh, the Bucs tallied three runs in the eighth to reclaim their lead.  Sophomore Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.) started the scoring with a two-RBI single to center, and Self plated the 14th Buccaneer run with a single up the middle.


Aughey led the offensive slugfest, going 6-for-7 on the day with six RBI and three runs scored.  Russell scored four times, while notching a 3-for-5 day at the plate.  All nine Buc starters collected hits on the day; eight of the nine tallying multi-hit performances.


Senior Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched the final five innings, striking out three, improving to 6-1 on the season.  High Point reliever Zach Scott surrendered all three runs in the 11th, falling to 0-1.


The Bucs are back in action Tuesday night, hosting Tennessee Tech.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

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