Georgia Southern defeats ETSU Baseball, 20-7

Sunday, March 14, 2004

STATESBORO, Ga. (Mar. 14, 2004) -- Georgia Southern scored 15 runs in the first four innings of play, then cruised to a 20-7 victory over East Tennessee State Sunday afternoon from J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. Georgia Southern (9-11, 4-2 SoCon) scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Designated hitter Grant Burress doubled to right center to score right fielder Brandon Long and center fielder James Payne. The Eagles ran their lead to 10-0 with an eight-run second inning. The big blows of the inning were a grand slam by Burress and a two-run shot by catcher Flint Wipke. GSU put four more runs on the board in the third before the Bucs (10-10, 2-4 SoCon) broke through in the top of the fourth. Sophomore first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) singled to lead off the inning and was on base for sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein's (Knoxville, Tenn.) second home run of the season, a two-run blast to left field. Georgia Southern scored another run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 15-2. ETSU chipped away at the GSU advantage, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) with a single in the fifth while Glafenhein led off the sixth with his second homer of the afternoon. But the Eagle offense was just too much on Sunday, as GSU capped off their afternoon by scoring five more runs over the final two innings. The Bucs scored their final three runs in the top of the eighth. Junior infielder Justin Clear (Lafollette, Tenn.) singled up the middle to score freshman left fielder Steven Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) followed by a sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.). Moore then singled to right center to score Clear. Georgia Southern starter Dustin Evans (2-4) earned the win, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits. Evans also walked two and struck out nine. Buccaneer senior lefty Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) was charged with the loss (2-3) after pitching the first 1.1 innings and allowing seven earned runs on six hits. The Bucs were led at the plate by Glafenhein and Douglas, who had three hits each. Georgia Southern was paced by Payne, Wipke, left fielder Mike Economos and first baseman Greg Dowling, who each had three hits. Payne and Long each scored four runs while Burress drove in seven and Wipke drove in five. The Bucs return to action on Tuesday night for the opener of a two-game series against Ball State from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.