Baseball Eliminates Furman, 8-2 In The Wendy's/Pepsi-Cola Southern Conference Baseball Tournament

Friday, May 18, 2001

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- East Tennessee State's Nathan Copeland, the Southern Conference's leader in slugging percentage, blasted his 16th home run of the season and collected four RBI's in leading the Bucs to an 8-2 win over Furman in Game 6 of the Wendy's/Pepsi-Cola Southern Conference Baseball Tournament being played at Riley Park.

East Tennessee State (23-31) advances to Friday's 10 am loser's bracket quarterfinal game against the loser of tonight's Georgia Southern-UNCG game. Furman (30-25) is eliminated from the tournament after posting a school-record 30 wins.

The win marked ETSU's first SoCon Tournament victory since 1999.

Copeland hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to stake East Tennesseee State to a 1-0 lead. ETSU scored three times in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Copeland and Andy Baxter hit run-scoring singles in the third and Brandon Cross drove in a run with an infield ground out.

The Paladins got on the board in the fourth when Justin Maderer doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Dominic Frankey that cut the Bucs' lead to 4-1. The Buccaneers added two more runs in the fifth, piecing together a hit, an error and a wild pitch. Cross knocked in one run with an infield single and a second run scored on the wild pitch.

The Bucs closed their scoring with Copeland's two-run homer in the seventh.

ETSU's Matt Nunley went the distance, scattering eight hits and striking out two while not issuing a walk. It was his first complete game of the season as he improved his record to 5-3.

Furman's Tom Mastny (8-5) was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs and five hits in four and one-third innings of work.

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